The NFL's Buffalo Bills owe a great deal of success in the 1990's to the USFL.  Along with Jim Kelly, Dwight Drane and Kent Hull, Ray Bentley was a member of the the Bills from 1986 to 1991, bringing his USFL experience along with him.

An inside linebacker with the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, Bentley initially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was cut during training camp.  Through former Chicago Blitz head coach Marv Levy, Bentley tried out for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes and was expected to join the team when the Bills came calling.  Shortly after, Levy would join Bentley in Buffalo as head coach and the rest, as they say, as history.

Bentley went on to the NFL, joining the Buffalo Bills.  After completing his football career with the Cincinnati Bengals, Bentley was part of the Fox broadcast team, but left to join the Arena Football League as head coach of the Buffalo Destroyers.  Today, Bentley resides in Michigan and occasionally does color commentary on ABC's college football coverage.


Michigan Panthers,
Oakland Invaders


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