"Not only did Mike Stratton's consecutive game streak end at 130 last year, but he became the first player in the Bills' 11-year history to suffer a torn Achilles' tendon. The medical reports say Stratton will be as good as new this year. If so, he won't have any trouble fighting off the competition for his right linebacking job.
Considered one of the best blitzing outside linebackers in the NFL, Mike was originally drafted out of Tennessee as a tight end. In college he played both offensive and defensive end. The Bills shifted the 6-3, 241-pounder to linebacker in his rookie year (1962)."
-Brenda Zanger, Pro Football 1971