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Edward John Anthony Rutkowski (born March 21, 1941) is a former
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player, and a former politician in
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. Rutkowksi was a noted
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player. A wide receiver, he was an American Football League All-Star in 1965, playing for the AFL's
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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 elected to full terms in 1979 and 1983, following his one year unexpired term, for a total of nine years in office. In 1987, Rutkowski was defeated for reelection by Assemblyman Dennis Gorski. In 1995, Rutkowski was appointed by Governor George Pataki as deputy commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. In this post, he was charge of all state parks and recreations operations in Western New York, including Niagara Falls. He held the post for 12 years, until Pataki left office. He was the fourth quarterback from a Buffalo professional football team to enter politics, following his teammate Jack Kemp, George Ratterman and Tommy Hughitt. Incidentally, both Kemp and Rutkowski were Republican Party (United States), Republicans. He is of Polish Americans, Polish origin.Polish Americans / Helena Znaniecka Lopata, Mary Patrice Erdmans, p 140.
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See also

* List of American Football League players


References

{{DEFAULTSORT:Rutkowski, Ed 1941 births Living people American athlete-politicians American Football League All-Star players American football wide receivers Buffalo Bills announcers Buffalo Bills players Erie County Executives New York (state) Republicans National Football League announcers Notre Dame Fighting Irish football players American people of Polish descent Sportspeople from Buffalo, New York People from Kingston, Pennsylvania Players of American football from Pennsylvania American Football League players