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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 “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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Bills alumni also career helpers

Posted by Chris Brown on July 4, 2011 – 9:08 am

In addition to helping wounded warriors resume their athletic pursuits with their charitable effots, the Bills alumni also have offered assistance to local wounded servicemen and servicewomen back from Iraq and Afghanistan by helping them network with businesses in Western New York.

“Our funds will not only support the athletic pursuits, but more generally some scholarships because there are guys that are coming back from the wars and they want to better themselves with a college education to get jobs in society,” said Alumni President Booker Edgerson.

“We’ve put them in touch with people around here,” said alumnus Ed Rutkowski. “Some of them need jobs and we as the Bills Alumni have been asked to help so we help them network with some business contacts that we have locally.”



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Edgerson at Monday QB club

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2010 – 1:32 pm

Bills 2010 Wall of Fame honoree Booker Edgerson will be the guest of honor at the Monday Quarterback Club luncheon Oct. 4th the day after his name is unveiled on the Bills Wall of Fame.

Heralded as “one of the most underrated star players to ever wear a Buffalo Bill uniform” by Buffalo News sportswriter Mark Gaughan, Edgerson had 23 interceptions and was an instrumental member of the Bills’ 1964-65 championship teams.

The luncheon, sponsored by Time Warner Cable, will be held on Monday, Oct. 4th, the day following the Bills home game against the New York Jets. It will be held at the Harbour Club at HSBC Arena, with doors open at 11: 15 am for a buffet lunch, and the program following at
12:00 pm.

John Murphy, Voice of the Bills and Sports Director at WIVB TV, will serve as emcee. Other attendees will include Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. owner of the Bills. The event is open to Mon-dayQuarterback Club members and their guests. The Western New York media is invited.

Those interested in the Monday Quarterback Club can call 693-3807 or visit the Club web site at

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Mon. QB club to honor Booker

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2010 – 7:56 am

The Monday QB Club will be honoring Bills Wall of Famer Booker Edgerson the Monday after his big day at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The  former Bills cornerback (1962-1969) will be the honorary member at their Oct. 4th luncheon. Sponsored by Time Warner Cable the luncheon will include special guests like Ralph C. Wilson, Jr, owner of the Bills.  John Murphy, Voice of the Bills and Sports Director at WIVB, will serve as emcee. 

The club will also honor two long-time members of the Monday Quarterback Club, Fred R. Dentinger and Raymond Ph. Weil, with a special Founders Award.     
To become a member of the Monday QB club go to their website or call (716) 693-3807.

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Booker on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2010 – 9:20 am

Buffalo’s newest Wall of Fame member Booker Edgerson appeared on the Shredd and Ragan show on 103.3 FM.

Here’s the interview with Edgerson providing an interesting look back at the AFL days. He actually wasn’t happy that the AFL-NFL merger happened. The interview actually gets going about 1:40 in.

Edgerson even said he thought the Bills could’ve beat the Browns in 1964.

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Edgerson to be honored Wk 4

Posted by Chris Brown on May 3, 2010 – 2:33 pm

The Bills newest addition to the Wall of Fame, Booker Edgerson, will be honored Week 4 this season.

Edgerson will officially go on the Bills Wall of Fame on Oct. 3, at halftime of the home game against the Jets.

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New Wall of Famer named

Posted by Chris Brown on May 3, 2010 – 1:42 pm

The Wall of  Fame voting committee has just named the 26th member of the Bills Wall of  Fame.

CB Booker Edgerson (1962-1969) will go up on the wall this fall. He’s the first Bills AFL player to be named to the Wall since his former teammate George Saimes went on the Wall in 2000.

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Mon. night party for FB Patrick

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2010 – 10:47 am

Several members of the Buffalo Bills Alumni will be on hand next Monday (March 8th) at Ilio DiPaolo’s in Blasdell as they’re sponsoring a “Monday Night Party” fund raising drive for former Bills FB Wayne Patrick.

The 63- year old former Bills fullback has been battling heart and kidney diseases and has accumulated medical expenses that far exceed his health and medical coverage for such treatments of his diseases. All the proceeds from the evening will go to help defray Wayne’s mounting medical costs.

Tickets are $20 per person which includes great food and beverage and a fun filled evening to meet some of the great Buffalo Bills players of the past, who will take photos and sign autographs. The event begins at 6 pm. Tickets can be purchased at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant or by calling Ted Hanes at 716-913-4585.

“We are very grateful to Dennis DiPaolo and Ted Hanes for organizing this special evening for Wayne” said Bills Alumni President Booker Edgerson.

Wayne Patrick, who was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, signed as a free agent with the Bills in 1968. The big fullback was the first blocking back for O J Simpson. Patrick played for five seasons with the Bills.

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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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Edgerson perhaps closest to Saban

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2009 – 7:28 pm

If there was one Bills player that was closest with the recently passed Lou Saban it was Booker Edgerson. Edgerson knew Saban since he himself was an 18-year old collegian at Western Illinois.

Saban coached him in college before later signing him to the Bills as an undrafted free agent with Buffalo in 1962.

“He was a father figure in a way for me,” said Edgerson. “Because he caught me at a young age.”

And he challenged Edgerson early.

“He told me that I really wasn’t worthy of being on the football team at Western Illinois because I was totally out of shape. But he saw the ability that I had and he told me, ‘You need to get yourself in shape in order for me to play you on this team.’ So I got myself in shape and the rest is history.”

Edgerson and his old teammates from college held a 50th reunion for their undefeated team of 1959, which was coached by Saban last spring and Saban was in attendance.

“We were undefeated in ’59 and we lost just once in ’58,” said Edgerson. “And a lot of those guys I had not seen in 50 years. And a lot of those guys had not seen coach Saban in 50 years. Everybody was very happy to see him. No one knew it would be our last time, but we had a great weekend all being back together.”

Edgerson was spending Monday trying to get a flight down to South Carolina to be in attendance for the funeral services for Saban.

“He was an inspirational person to me,” said Edgerson. “I don’t know where I would’ve been without him. My life is totally blessed because of him.”

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