Dates: July 12-15, 2018
Location: Buffalo, NY, Buffalo History Museum
Member Cost: $40.00
Non-Member Cost: $90.00
Attendees will receive a free Convention t-shirt!!
Official PFRA Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown
220 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 855-2223
Cut-off date for rooms is June 12, 2018.
Special Rate for Hotel:
$129.00 per night.
Ask for the 2018 PFRA Convention rate.
The museum will be hosting two sports-related exhibits during the convention weekend—the first featuring select items from PFRA member Greg Tranter’s massive Buffalo Bills memorabilia collection, recently donated to the museum by Greg. The second exhibit, known as Icons, will feature items from all of Buffalo’s professional sports teams. The Buffalo History Museum will be acting as a co-sponsor of the PFRA Convention.
The convention itinerary will include the usual mix of speakers and tours, plus the scheduled release of the second book in the PFRA series on Great Teams in Pro Football History, which will cover the 1958 Baltimore Colts and include their sudden death overtime victory in the NFL Championship Game that year, which would later became known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played.”
Guest Speakers (more to be announced later):
Thomas had a 13 year NFL career with the Bills and Dolphins. Thurman was the AFC rushing leader in 1990, 1991, and 1993. He was voted to the All-Pro team in 1990 and 1991, was selected to 5 straight Pro Bowls from 1989-1993, and was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1991.
Booker Edgerson had a nine year NFL career playing defensive back with the Buffalo Bills (1962-1969) and Denver Broncos (1970). He was a member of the Bills AFL Championship teams in 1964 and 1965.
Scott Berchtold is currently a Special Assistant in the Buffalo Bills Front Office. He was the Bills Senior Vice President of Communications from 2011 to 2016 and prior to that he was Vice President of Communications from 1999 to 2011. He joined the Bills in 1989 as the Manager of Media Relations and was promoted to Director of Media Relations in 1991. Prior to coming to the Bills he served as the Assistant PR Director for the Green Bay Packers from 1985 to 1989. He has been in the NFL for 34 years.
NFL’s New York Giants (1959–1960), the AFL’s Houston Oilers (1961–1963), the AFL’s Boston Patriots (1964), and the AFL’s Buffalo Bills (1966–1967). He was a member of the Oilers’ AFL Championship team in 1961 and was an AFL All Star in 1961, 1962, and 1963.
Athletic trainer for the Buffalo Bills for a total of 37 years from 1960 to 1997. He also served as a part-time trainer with the Detroit Lions prior to coming to Buffalo. Abramoski was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and in 1999 he was inducted into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame.
Joe is the author of When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL, winner of the PFRA’s Nelson Ross Award in 1999. Joe will speak on "The "Buffalo" Cardinals: The Forgotten History of the NFL's Oldest Team," highlighting the Cardinals' connection to Buffalo and stories about the formative years of pro football with the Cardinals.
Lynch has spent over 37 years in the Sports Administration field. He has worked in 5 different states at both the collegiate and professional level, and worked with the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots before coming to Buffalo to serve as the Director of Public and Community Relations for the Bills. He continues to be a consultant for the Bills as the liaison person for the Monday QB Club, Buffalo Bills Booster Cub, Buffalo Bills Alumni Association, and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
Bock had an eight-team pro football career including time with the Buffalo Bills in 1981, brief stints in 1982 with the New York Jets and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, replacement games with the St Louis Cardinals and Buffalo Bills in 1987, time with the Birmingham Stallions (1983 and 1985) and Houston Gamblers (1984) of the defunct United States Football League, and a season with the Chicago Bruisers of the Arena League in 1988. Joe appeared in Arena Bowl II with the Bruisers. In 2006, at the age of 46, he played briefly with the Rochester Raiders and New York/New Jersey Revolution in the old Great Lakes Indoor Football League, making him one of the few players to play in five professional leagues.
Brian is the chair of PFRA’s Canadian Football League committee and the author of a number of articles that have appeared in the Coffin Corner. In 2013, he won the PFRA’s Bob Carroll Memorial Writing Award for his article “Rushing to Judgment: Recovering Jim Brown’s Lost Yardage in 1962” Brian will speak on “Cookie Gilchrist and How He Got to Buffalo,” outlining Cookie’s career before and after his time with the Bills.
Please stay tuned to The Coffin Corner and PFRA Forum for additional details and announcements. If you have any questions regarding the Convention, hotel reservations, or t-shirts please contact Convention Organizer George Bozeka at 330-867-1950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.