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Rutkowski’s new car Saban story

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2009 – 7:39 pm

In relaying some of his most enjoyable memories of Lou Saban, Bills former receiver and special teamer Ed Rutkowski recalled one particular Thanksgiving spent at Saban’s house that left Rutkowski a bit shaken.

Rutkowski and Booker Edgerson were invited over to their head coach’s house for Thanksgiving. Saban invited them knowing they were single with no family in town.

After dinner Saban took it upon himself to dispense some fatherly advice to the two young players.

“It’s kind of an interesting story because I had just purchased a brand new car,” said Rutkowski. “And after turkey dinner he sat down and started giving us some fatherly advice and after he finished with Booker he turned to me and said, ‘Now Ed I know you’re going to have a long career with the Buffalo Bills, but I know you’re a young player so I hope you don’t do something stupid like going out and buying a new car.’

“And I said, ‘Coach, I would never do anything like that.’ Of course I had parked the car out in front of his house. So when I walked out of his house and said good bye after dinner I walked in the opposite direction of the car and hid for about 15 minutes and walked around the entire block and then got in the car and drove away.”

Saban had to have seen Rutkowski pull up to the house in the new car before he came to the door and decided to bust chops a little with his “advice.”

 The coach must have been rolling on his living room floor laughing after he saw Rutkowski hide and then walk clear around his block before driving away. You can’t tell me Saban wasn’t watching from behind a curtain through his window. Classic stuff.

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