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1968 Buffalo Bills Season
The 1968 Buffalo Bills season was the team’s ninth season. The Bills' 1–12–1 record in 1968 (a 0.107 winning percentage) is the second-worst in team history: the 1971 Bills went 1–13. They were one of only two teams in AFL history (the other being the 1962 Oakland Raiders) to finish the season with only one victory. The Bills, coming off a 4–10 season in 1967, fired coach Joe Collier after an 0–2 start in 1968. Defensive backfield coach Harvey Johnson was promoted to interim head coach, where he went 1–10–1 to finish the year. With the release of running back Wray Carlton, wide receiver Elbert Dubenion was the last player from the Bills' original roster in 1960 to still be with the team. The majority of Buffalo's games were started by backup quarterback Dan Darragh, after injuries claimed the seasons of long-time starter Jack Kemp and new addition Tom Flores. Even Darragh and new addition Kay Stephenson were injured. Ultimately, running back Ed Rutkowski, who had ...
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American Football League
The American Football League (AFL) was a major professional American football league that operated for ten seasons from 1960 until 1970, when it merged with the older National Football League (NFL), and became the American Football Conference. The upstart AFL operated in direct competition with the more established NFL throughout its existence. It was more successful than earlier rivals to the NFL with the same name, the 1926, 1936 and 1940 leagues, and the later All-America Football Conference (which existed between 1944 and 1950 but only played between 1946 and 1949). This fourth version of the AFL was the most successful, created by a number of owners who had been refused NFL expansion franchises or had minor shares of NFL franchises. The AFL's original lineup consisted of an Eastern division of the New York Titans, Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and the Houston Oilers, and a Western division of the Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, and Dallas Texans. The ...
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Tom Flores
Thomas Raymond Flores (born March 21, 1937) is a Mexican-American former professional football coach and player. After his retirement as a coach, he was a radio announcer for more than twenty years. He and Mike Ditka are the only two people in National Football League history to win a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach, and head coach (Flores won Super Bowl IV as a player for the Chiefs, Super Bowl XI as an assistant coach of the Raiders, and Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII as head coach of the Raiders). Flores was also the first Mexican starting quarterback and the first minority head coach in professional football history to win a Super Bowl. Although it may not be officially sourced, Flores is also noted as the only head coach to win a Super Bowl with the same team in two cities in Oakland (1980) and Los Angeles (1983). From 1997 until 2018, Flores served as radio announcer for the Raiders Radio Network. Flores was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021. ...
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John Mazur
John Edward Mazur (June 17, 1930 – November 1, 2013) was an American football player and coach. He was a quarterback for the University of Notre Dame and also served as head coach for the New England Patriots from 1970 to 1972. Career Mazur's outstanding quarterback skills at Plymouth High School in Pennsylvania caught the attention of Notre Dame coaches, leading him to play for the Fighting Irish from 1949 to 1951, starting for the 1951 squad that finished 7-2-1. The following year, Mazur went into the Marine Corps, playing quarterback for both the Quantico and Camp Pendleton Marines. Upon his discharge in 1954, Mazur headed to Canada, where he spent one year with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League before suffering a career-ending ankle injury. In 1955, Mazur entered the coaching ranks, spending the first of three years as an assistant at Tulane University. He followed that with one year at Marquette University in 1958, before heading east to work three years in a sim ...
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Pat McGroder
Patrick J. McGroder, Jr. (1904–1986) was an American football executive. He served as the interim general manager of the Buffalo Bills in 1983. McGroder was instrumental in bringing the Bills to Buffalo. After the previous Bills franchise in the All-America Football Conference was denied membership in the NFL, McGroder continued to lobby the NFL to bring a team to the city; such was his renown that it was McGroder, and not Ralph Wilson, who was Lamar Hunt's first choice to own the Buffalo American Football League franchise (Wilson was instead to own a team in Miami). McGroder had the resources to buy the team (at the time he owned a successful liquor store) but declined, thinking that the threat of the AFL would be enough for the league to expand to Buffalo. At the time, Buffalo had been a regular site for NFL neutral-site contests for two decades, and McGroder reasoned that the league's relative success in the city would make it a prime candidate for quick expansion in the ...
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Bob Lustig
Robert Thomas "Bob" Lustig (July 12, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan - November 5, 2005 ) was an American football executive who worked for the Buffalo Bills from 1960 to 1979. A business associate of Bills owner Ralph Wilson from 1948, Lustig began his tenure with the Bills in 1960, primarily working as a contract negotiator. He was promoted to team vice president in 1964, and became general manager in 1967. Under his leadership, the Bills drafted O.J. Simpson number one overall in the 1969 NFL/AFL Draft, and built Rich Stadium in 1973. He left the Bills in 1979 to work for Ralph Wilson's insurance agency in Detroit. Lustig attended the University of Detroit, where he played baseball, and served in the 104th Infantry Division of the United States Army during World War II. Lustig died on November 5, 2005 at the age of 81.https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/triblive-pittsburgh-tribune-review/obituary.aspx?n=robert-t-lustig&pid=181943744 References Category:Buffalo Bills executives Cate ...
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Dudley Meredith
Cecil Dudley Meredith (January 16, 1935December 22, 1987) was a professional American football defensive end in the American Football League. He played six seasons for the Houston Oilers and the Buffalo Bills. External links * Category:1935 births Category:1987 deaths Category:American football defensive tackles Category:American Football League All-Star players Category:American Football League players Category:Lamar University alumni Category:Buffalo Bills players Category:Houston Oilers players Category:Lamar Cardinals football players Category:Midwestern State University Category:People from Burnet County, Texas Category:People from Jacksonville Beach, Florida Category:Players of American football from Texas {{defensive-lineman-1930s-stub ...
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Charley Ferguson
Charles Edward Ferguson (born November 13, 1939 in Dallas, Texas) is a former American college and Professional Football player. He was a tight end with the American Football League's Buffalo Bills. He was in playoff games with the Bills four straight years, 1963–1966, and won AFL Championships with them in 1964 and 1965. He was an American Football League All-Star in 1965. Ferguson also played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings. See also *Other American Football League players Category:1939 births Category:Living people Category:People from Dallas Category:American football wide receivers Category:Tennessee State Tigers football players Category:Cleveland Browns players Category:Minnesota Vikings players Category:Buffalo Bills players Category:American Football League All-Star players Category:American Football League players {{widereceiver-1930s-stub ...
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Boston Patriots
Boston (, ), officially the City of Boston, is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States and 21st most populous city in the country. The city proper covers with an estimated population of 692,600 in 2019, also making it the most populous city in New England. It is the seat of Suffolk County (although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999). The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest MSA in the country. A broader combined statistical area (CSA), corresponding to the commuting area and including Providence, Rhode Island, is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth most populous in the United States. Boston is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States, founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 ...
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Bob Cappadona
Robert Joseph "Bob" Cappadona (born December 13, 1942) is a member of the Northeastern University athletics Hall of Fame. Cappadona was inducted in 1977 for his accomplishments in football. Cappadona also enjoyed a three-year professional football career with the Boston Patriots and Buffalo Bills. Cappadona was a stand out star at Watertown High School as well. Northeastern University During his time at Northeastern Cappadona helped lead Northeastern to their first undefeated season in 1963, a season in which Northeastern was invited to the first and only bowl game, the Eastern Bowl. Cappadona still finds himself near the top of many of the records for Northeastern football. During his time at Northeastern University, Cappadona was a brother of Beta Gamma Epsilon Fraternity. Professional career Cappadona played with both the Boston Patriots and the Buffalo Bills during its time as the AFL. Cappadona was the Patriots Rookie of the Year in 1966. After Football Bob Cappadona currently ...
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Fullback (American Football)
Example of fullback positioning in the "I-Form" offense. A fullback (FB) is a position in the offensive backfield in gridiron football, and is one of the two running back positions along with the halfback. Fullbacks are typically larger than halfbacks and in most offensive schemes the fullback's duties are split among power running, pass catching, and blocking for both the quarterback and the other running back. Many great runners in the history of American football have been fullbacks, including Jim Brown, Marion Motley, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Taylor, Franco Harris, Larry Csonka, John Riggins, Christian Okoye, and Levi Jackson. However, many of these runners would retroactively be labeled as halfbacks, due to their position as the primary ball carrier; they were primarily listed as fullbacks due to their size and did not often perform the run-blocking duties expected of modern fullbacks. Examples of players who have excelled at the hybrid running-blocking-pass catching role include M ...
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San Diego Chargers
The professional American football team now known as the Los Angeles Chargers previously played in San Diego as the San Diego Chargers from 1961 to 2017 before relocating back to Los Angeles where the team played their inaugural season. The Chargers franchise relocated from Los Angeles to San Diego in 1961. The Chargers' first home game in San Diego was at Balboa Stadium against the Oakland Raiders on September 17, 1961. Their final game as a San Diego-based club was played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego at the end of the 2016 season against the Kansas City Chiefs, who defeated them 37–27. AFL era (1961–1970) 1961–1966 The Chargers played in four of the first five AFL national championship games (1961, 1963, 1964, 1965) -- winning once (1963). In the early years, the wide receiver, Lance Alworth made 543 receptions for 10,266 yards in his career of 11 AFL and NFL seasons. He made a record at 96 consecutive games with a reception. With players such as Alworth, Paul Lowe, K ...
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Wayne Patrick
Wayne Allen Patrick (September 1, 1946 – March 23, 2010) was a professional American football running back for five seasons for the Buffalo Bills in both the American Football League and the National Football League. He was born in Gainesville, Florida. He settled in Amherst, a suburb of Buffalo after retiring from football and raised his family. He married Mary Richard and had four children Wayne JR, Melissa, Jadah, and Joel. He died on March 23, 2010 after a lengthy battle with heart and kidney disease. References * Category:1946 births Category:2010 deaths Category:Sportspeople from Gainesville, Florida Category:Players of American football from Florida Category:American football running backs Category:Louisville Cardinals football players Category:Buffalo Bills players Category:American Football League players {{ULouisville-stub ...
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1968 New York Jets Season
The 1968 New York Jets season was the ninth season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). The team had the most successful season in franchise history. Trying to improve upon their 8–5–1 record of 1967, they won the AFL Eastern Division with an 11–3 record. They defeated the defending champion Oakland Raiders in the AFL championship game, and earned the right to play in Super Bowl III against the NFL champion Baltimore Colts. In a stunning upset, marked by fourth-year quarterback Joe Namath's famous "guarantee" of victory, the Jets defeated the heavily favored Colts 16–7. The Jets have yet to return to the Super Bowl and makes them along with the New Orleans Saints as the only teams to have been to just one Super Bowl and win it. On April 2, 2007, NFL Network aired America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, the 1968 New York Jets, with team commentary from Joe Namath, Gerry Philbin and Don Maynard, and narrated by Alec Baldwin. Offseason On May 21, Sonny Werbl ...
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Ed Rutkowski
Edward John Anthony Rutkowski (born March 21, 1941) is a former American football player, and a former politician in Buffalo, New York. Rutkowksi was a noted college and professional American football player. A wide receiver, he was an American Football League All-Star in 1965, playing for the AFL's Buffalo Bills as a receiver, defensive back, punt and kickoff return man and backup quarterback from 1963 to 1968. In a famous Topps football card mixup, Rutkowski was shown on two Buffalo Bills' football cards, his own, and mistakenly on the card for Ray Abruzzese. Rutkowski closed out his Pro Football career by playing seven games as a backup quarterback with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1969. From 1972-78 and again in 1990, Rutkowski served as a color commentator on the Bills' radio broadcasts. In 1979, he became the County Executive of Erie County, New York, succeeding Edward Regan, who stepped down to become New York State Comptroller. Rutkowski was elec ...
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Kay Stephenson
George Kay Stephenson (born December 17, 1944) is an American former college and professional football player and current coach, whose latter career has seen him work in four different professional leagues. Stephenson played quarterback for the American Football League's San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills. He finished his playing career in 1974 in the World Football League with the Jacksonville Sharks before entering the coaching ranks. Early life Stephenson was born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida in 1944, and grew up in nearby Pensacola. He attended Pensacola High School, and he earned All-State accolades as a quarterback. He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Ray Graves from 1964 to 1966. 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide'', University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 185 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011. His arrival on the Florida campus coincided with that of another standout recruit, Ste ...
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