"Put a football suit on Mike Stratton and you transform him from a quiet, unobtrusive fellow into a violent play wrecker. The Bills' right linebacker plays with such fury that he has been credited with several clean knockouts during his five years in the league. It was Mike who knocked Keith Lincoln (now a teammate) out of the 1964 title game with his savage tackle, and it was Mike who last year flattened KC quarterback Pete Beathard with a head-on tackle.
Big and rough, he grew to his present 240 pounds after joining the Bills in 1962 weighing only 210. In addition to his good size, Mike is probably one of the fastest linebackers in either league. He started out as an offensive end."
-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1967