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Saimes hoped to show teammates HOF wing

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2013 – 7:24 am

Just prior to the passing of Bills Wall of Fame safety George Saimes, his former teammates had planned to visit him in his native Canton, Ohio since he had been battling leukemia. Saimes was also eager to show him the new Archive and Preservation wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame erected in Bills owner Ralph Wilson’s name.

Booker Edgerson along with former teammates Ed Rutkowski, Charley Ferguson and Al Bemiller were all planning to visit Saimes a few weeks ago in his native Canton, but Saimes had asked them to hold off. He was going to be getting his next schedule of treatments from his doctor. Once he had his schedule laid out he’d suggest a time that was best for the guys to come down.

“He said he’d love to take us to the Hall of Fame and show us the wing that Mr. Wilson put on the Hall of Fame with his $2.5 million donation,” Edgerson told Buffalobills.com. “He said, ‘Booker it’s really great. I can’t wait for you guys to get down here so I can show it to you.’ Unfortunately that did not happen.”

After Saimes funeral Wednesday many of his former teammates intend to follow through and visit the Preservation wing of the Hall of Fame at their former safety’s request.


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AFL exhibit up and running at Pro Football HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on May 26, 2009 – 1:50 pm

For anyone making their way through Canton, OH between now and Hall of Fame weekend, the ‘Remember the AFL’ exhibit at the Pro Football HOF opened this weekend and will be on display through February 2010. 

Included in the exhibit are one-of-a-kind game-worn artifacts, photos, documents and a video history that pays tribute to the league’s owners, players and coaches, circumstances of play and milestone events.

One artifact featured that represents the single most important milestone of the league’s history is the pen that on November 8, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson used to sign Public Law 89-800 that carried the rider approving the merger of the AFL and NFL.  

Also featured in the exhibit are artifacts from some of the league’s stars including Bills safety George Saimes.

In addition to the exhibit, the Hall of Fame’s website Profootballhof.com will feature a season’s worth of flashbacks to the AFL. Initial content on the league’s history will be posted on the site to coincide with the exhibit’s opening and new features will be added through the 2009 NFL season.


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Saimes to be part of HOF draft weekend festivities

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2009 – 8:32 pm

Bills Wall of Famer George Saimes will be joining former Rams great Jack Youngblood at the Pro Football HOF in Canton for their draft weekend tailgate party. Tickets can be purchased to be part of the event which includes a self guided tour of the Pro Football HOF at the Hall’s website for $40.

The tailgate party kicks off at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Fame’s NFL Films Theater. A special program is slated for 3 p.m. with an “insiders look” at the workings of an NFL War Room and draft stories provided by Youngblood and Saimes, who has been a long time college scout.

So if you’re an AFL Bills fan and you’re in the Canton area, you might want to make it part of your draft weekend next month.


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