Not every member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame was a player. The Wall honors many, from coaches and members of the front office to the team staff themselves. Ed Abramoski is one such person.
Ed Abramoski: A Buffalo Bill Forever
An Erie native, Ed Abramoski played high school football and then went to Purdue on a scholarship before a back injury ended his playing career during his sophomore year. But what is one to do when they have all the knowledge and love for the game that a football player does? Make a lateral move. Abramoski got right into training and, by age 21, he was the youngest trainer at the Division 1 level in the United States. His job at the University of Detroit wasn’t a bad gig, but he had NFL dreams.
Abramoski took a job with the Detroit Lions, but he had a nose for opportunity. All he needed was one shot. In 1959, Ralph Wilson went from being a part-owner of the Lions to founding his own football team. When the time came to assemble the staff for his new franchise, Wilson had plenty of people to lean on. One of those people was Ed Abramoski.
So, Abramoski became the head athletic trainer for the team from 1959 until 1996. Those 37 years of service saw him work with every Buffalo Bills player you can think of, from the AFL era, through the tough ‘70s and ‘80s, and right into the glory days.
Well known and loved by many generations of Buffalo Bills players and coaches, Abramoski was placed on the Wall of Fame in 1999, three years after his retirement. The only person who was associated with the team longer was Ralph Wilson himself. Beloved by all who worked with him, he provided stability and an incredible dedication to his craft each day.
“The loyalty, dedication and professionalism of Eddie Abramoski is as unfailing today as it was the day he joined our organization in 1960”.– Ralph Wilson on Ed Abramoski
Ed Abramoski passed away yesterday at the age of 88.
For the rest of the Wall of Fame, check out the table below.
|O.J. Simpson (1980)||Jack Kemp (1984)||Patrick J. McGroder (1985)||Tom Sestak (1987)||Billy Shaw (1988)|
|Ralph C. Wilson Jr. (1989)||The 12th Man (1992)||Elbert Dubenion (1993)||Mike Stratton (1994)||Joe Ferguson (1995)|
|Marv Levy (1996)||Joe DeLamielleure (1997)||Robert James (1998)||Edward Abramoski (1999)||Bob Kalsu (2000)|
|George Saimes (2000)||Jim Kelly (2001)||Fred Smerlas (2001)||Kent Hull (2002)||Darryl Talley (2003)|
|Jim Ritcher (2004)||Thurman Thomas (2005)||Andre Reed (2006)||Steve Tasker (2007)||Bruce Smith (2008)|
|Booker Edgerson (2010)||Phil Hansen (2011)||Bill Polian (2012)||Van Miller (2014)||Lou Saban (2015)|
|Cookie Gilchrist (2017)||Reserved For|
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