Mike Stratton

  • Died: March 24, 2020
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Mike Stratton

Former Buffalo Bills linebacker made "the hit heard 'round the world"

Mike Stratton was the legendary Buffalo Bills linebacker who made "the hit heard 'round the world," leading the Bills to the 1964 AFL Title. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Stratton's hit on Lincoln is the best clean hit I have ever seen. A straight clean shoulder tackle. I was still remember jumping out of my seat. What a hit. RIP

Posted by thomas toth - Langhorne, PA   September 28, 2020

e was a great guy Wendell Bell

Posted by Wendell Bell - Family   July 16, 2020

Can someone from the family contact me? I am Glenn Glass' daughter-in-law and would like to send something to Mike's family.

Posted by Charlotte Glass - Kennesaw, GA - Acquaintance   April 13, 2020

Mike will be missed. I loved playing with him in the early AFL years and on the golf course in our later years.

Posted by Glenn M. Glass - Knoxville, TN - friend   April 13, 2020

Godspeed to a wonderful man and a legendary football player. The only player from my little high school in the hills of East Tennessee to go on to play professional football. Condolences to his family. Mike (David) we will always remember you.

Posted by Henry Dotson - Detroit, MI   April 05, 2020


FAREWELL , TO A FOOTBALL HERO LEGEND BROTHER !!!!!!!!! JOSHUA 6:11 ......... HOSEA 3:02 ........ PROVERBS 4:17 ........... MARK 1:08-1:11 .......... & JOHN 2:07-2:25-3:16 ???????????????????? #58 .................

Posted by KOBY DEAN FISHER SR - WORCESTER, MA   April 02, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear loved one,may the family find comfort in Gods word at jihn5:28,29.

Posted by - New york, NY   April 01, 2020

I am so sorry about the loss of Mike. He was one of the best of the best! The Stratton family has my deepest condolences. As the days, weeks and months pass during this difficult time, may you continue to be surrounded and comforted with the love and support that is needed and by fond memories of him.

Posted by Emlyn    March 30, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this extremely difficult time.

Posted by A friend   March 29, 2020

Although I never met you, the "hit" will always be remembered. I was at War Memorial that day with my dad and brother and with the Bills trailing we were all a bit "tight."

Then the hit came and the Bills had a complete turnaround. Thankyou to Mike and his family for all those wonderful memories!!

Charlie Tracy Boynton Beach, Fl.

Posted by Charlie Tracy - Boynton Beach, FL   March 28, 2020

My condolences

Posted by A friend   March 28, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was truly a great person. I referred to him as "my guardian angel" as he was instrumental to me in starting my business. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Connie Adams - Knoxville, TN   March 27, 2020

Posted by A friend   March 27, 2020

Mike was a gentle giant, a great man and a good friend, he will be missed.

Posted by Tony Stubbs - Knoxville, TN - friend   March 27, 2020

My deepest sympathy for your loss. May God be a source of comfort during this challenging time of sorrow. Please take comfort from the words of Psalms 94:19 " When anxieties overwhelmed me, you comfort and soothed me."

Posted by Patricia Chavis - Columbia, SC   March 27, 2020

Mike was a friend and a great man . My memories of him were all after his career. I enjoyed getting to know him and his kind way. He had a distinct voice and I can still hear him in my mind. I'm glad I was able to spend time with him a couple weeks ago at NHC with my mom . Mrs. Stratton thinking of you at this time. Gary Braden

Posted by A friend   March 27, 2020

Im sorry for passing of Mr Stratton. To the family I offer my condolences. May God continue to be with the family.

Posted by - IL   March 27, 2020

My condolences to the Stratton family. May the loving support of family and friends comfort you and may the God of all comfort strengthen you.

Posted by A friend   March 27, 2020


Godspeed Mike, and thank you for the football memories...

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   March 26, 2020

What to say from all of us here in WNY ?
Today I fly my flag in your honor along with the flag for those years you played with the Buffalo Bills and the logo that adorned your helmet all those years.
The name Mike Stratton says it all up here- We hear the name and we know the greatness and class he brought to Buffalo as a player and a person. What he meant to Buffalo and its Bills.
You look at the videos about him and you can see he was a very quiet and loving man -far from that all those years we watched him on that hard War Memorial Stadium "Rockpile" ground as he terrorized opposing players.
He terrorized them only because of his talent and when he would put a player down he would always gracefully either help them up or simply walk away from his job done-no theatrics.
Those great Buffalo Bills teams of the 60s especially the championship years of 64/65 were led by Mike and his always consistent and hard play. He never missed games-never took a play off. he was the toast of the town of tough hard working blue collar people. He was in essence what exactly they were.
He even had a chance to get into the first Super Bowl but we just could not make it-though as close as we could in 1966.
Man those were 3 great years and Mike didnt miss a game and that was one tough game back then let me tell you.
He made so many great plays in addition to "the hit heard round the world"- Actually it was the AFL world. The NFL at the time never really cared much for the AFL but I am sure that play resonated with so many from the other league as their greats also took note. It was the AFL that brought Mike Stratton into football and he was one of the greatest to ever play the position/game.
He was a member and leader of one of the toughest teams ever to play the game of football and they played together so many years and along with John Tracey and Harry Jacobs that trio held and I believe still holds the record for consecutive games played for a linebacker trio!
So while we all grieve the loss of this great man-We also in respect and love remember him with fondness and gratefulness for having come to our city to play.
RIP Mike and God Bless and sincere condolences to your family.

Posted by Gary Boyce - Lancaster, NY - acquaintance   March 26, 2020

My condolences to the family
Its encouraging to have had ones, who are athletically worthy. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family.

Posted by A friend   March 26, 2020

Played the Linebacker position, and the game, the way it was meant to be played.

Posted by A friend   March 26, 2020

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Mike Stratton