Stratton is on the Bills Wall of Fame and also the 25th and 50th Anniversary Teams. He was a six-time Pro Bowler, three-time first-team All-Pro selection and a two-time AFL champion.
His hit on San Diego Chargers running back Keith Lincoln in the 1964 AFL Championship—with the Bills trailing 7-0—forced an incompletion and knocked the wind out of Lincoln, becoming known as "the hit heard round the world."
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Mike Stratton described the hit on Keith Lincoln to me in 1992: "A light goes off in my head. I said, If you're back here, they're going to dump it to him. I started racing back toward the line as fast as I could go, and fortunately, I arrived at the same time as the ball did."
"That is one of the most beautiful tackles I have ever seen in my life," Chargers coach Sid Gillman said of the tackle at the time, per Erik Brady of The Athletic.
"I asked Keith the obvious question: 'How did you feel after that hit?'" former Bills punter Paul Maguire added, per Brady. "And he just said, 'I was in a whole lot of pain!' I mean, how do you think he felt? He was just trying to breathe."
The Bills went on to win that game, 20-7, their first of two consecutive AFL Championship wins over the Chargers.
"It greatly surprises me," Stratton said in December regarding the infamy of that tackle, per the Buffalo News. "I feel honored and blessed by it. It certainly has had a life of its own."
Though tackles weren't tabulated as official stats at the time—even if nobody will ever forget his most famous hit—Stratton did accumulate 21 interceptions in his career. He spent 11 of his 12 seasons with the Bills before closing his career with the Chargers in 1973.