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BIOGRAPHY COMMITTEE

Chairs: Greg Tranter, Jeffrey Miller and George Bozeka

The PFRA is launching a new initiative called the “Biography Project.” The intention of the project is to engage PFRA members to write biographies of former professional football players, head coaches, owners, founders, or commissioners from the pre-NFL, AAFC, and AFL/NFL.

Our initial focus will be on the 1960’s Buffalo Bills, but we are open to members writing biographies on any players, head coaches, owners, founders, or commissioners from any pre-NFL, AAFC, and AFL/NFL teams they are interested to do.

The PFRA website will store and display the biographies for members to utilize in their research or just for their pleasure. The project aligns well with the mission of the PFRA to continue to capture and disseminate the history of professional football.

The project will be overseen by a small Biography Committee that includes George Bozeka, Jeff Miller, and Greg Tranter.

We have developed guidelines for the biographies so there is some degree of consistency across all of them. See Authors’ Guidelines for PFRA Biography Project below. We will also utilize the PFRA Publications Author Guidelines (which are below) to guide our work.

We are excited to introduce this new project and encourage all members to participate. This will be an ongoing project.

If you are interested in writing a biography on a Buffalo Bills player, head coach, owner or founder from the AFL or any other professional football players, head coaches, owners, founders, or commissioners please contact Greg Tranter.

A few guidelines for the project:

PFRA Publications Authors Guidelines

Biography Project Authors Guidelines

End Note and Source Guidelines

Name Position Author Teams
Marcus Allen RB Rich Shmelter 1982-92 Los Angeles Raiders, 1993-97 Kansas City Chiefs
Lyle Alzado DE Rich Shmelter 1971-78 Denver Broncos, 1979-81 Cleveland Browns, 1982-85 Los Angeles Raiders
Art Baker FB Greg Tranter 1961-62 Buffalo Bills
Gary Bugenhagen G-T Budd Bailey 1967 Buffalo Bills, 1970 Boston Patriots
Bobby Burnett RB Jeffrey Miller 1966-67 Buffalo Bills, 1969 Denver Broncos
Don Chelf T-G Jeffrey Miller 1960-61 Buffalo Bills
Tom Flores QB-Head Coach Rich Shmelter QB: 1960-66 Oakland Raiders, 1967-69 Buffalo Bills, 1969 Kansas City Chiefs; Head Coach: 1979-87 Oakland/LA Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
Doug Goodwin RB Greg Tranter 1966 Buffalo Bills, 1968 Atlanta Falcons
Lester Hayes DB Rich Shmelter 1976-86 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Mike Haynes DB Rich Shmelter 1976-82 New England Patriots, 1983-89 Los Angeles Raiders
Ted Hendricks LB Rich Shmelter 1969-73 Baltimore Colts, 1974 Green Bay Packers, 1975-83 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Marv Hubbard RB Rich Shmelter 1969-75 Oakland Raiders, 1977 Detroit Lions
Robert James DB Budd Bailey 1969-74 Buffalo Bills
Art Laster T Greg Tranter 1970 Buffalo Bills
John Matuszak DE-DT Rich Shmelter 1973 Houston Oilers, 1974-75 Kansas City Chiefs, 1976-81 Oakland Raiders
Mike Mercer K Budd Bailey 1961-62 Minnesota Vikings, 1963-66 Oakland Raiders, 1966 Kansas City Chiefs, 1967-68 Buffalo Bills, 1968-69 Green Bay Packers, 1970 San Diego Chargers
Jim Otto C Rich Shmelter 1960-74 Oakland Raiders
George Ratterman QB Ken Crippen 1947-49 Buffalo Bills, 1950-51 New York Yanks, 1952-56 Cleveland Browns
Benny Russell QB Greg Tranter 1968 Buffalo Bills
Tom Rychlec E Greg Tranter 1958 Detroit Lions, 1960-62 Buffalo Bills, 1963 Denver Broncos
Art Shell T-Head Coach Rich Shmelter T: 1968-82 Oakland/LA Raiders; Head Coach: 1989-1994 and 2006 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
Ken Stabler QB Rich Shmelter 1970-79 Oakland Raiders, 1980-81 Houston Oilers, 1982-84 New Orleans Saints
Manch Wheeler QB Greg Tranter 1962 Buffalo Bills
Sid Youngelman DT-DE Budd Bailey 1955 San Francisco 49ers, 1956-58 Philadelphia Eagles, 1959 Cleveland Browns, 1960-61 New York Titans, 1962-63 Buffalo Bills

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