"Maybe he didn't play up to his All-AFL ranking last season, but Mike Stratton wasn't that far off his game, either. Still regarded as one of the most deadly blitzers in the league, he is rarely caught out of position. And there are few outside linebackers who can make their drops as quickly as Mike can. He's the leader among Bill linebackers in lifetime interceptions with 17.
Mike joined the Bills as a tight end in 1962 after coming out of Tennessee, but never got to play the position once the coaches saw what he could do on defense when he was 25 pounds heavier than his college weight."
-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969