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:
|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|
|Nate Borden||DE||Budd Bailey||1955-59 Green Bay Packers, 1960-61 Dallas Cowboys, 1962 Buffalo Bills|
|Hezekiah Braxton||FB||Greg Tranter||1962 San Diego Chargers, 1963 Buffalo Bills|
|Bob Brodhead||QB||Budd Bailey||1960 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|
|Dave Costa||DT-DE||Budd Bailey||1963-65 Oakland Raiders, 1966 Buffalo Bills, 1967-71 Denver Broncos, 1972-73 San Diego Chargers, 1974 Buffalo Bills|
|Chuck DeVleigher||DT||Greg Tranter||1969 Buffalo Bills|
|Lou Feist||E-T-FB||Jeffrey Miller||1924-25 Buffalo Bisons, 1926 Buffalo Rangers|
|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|
|Willie Grate||TE||Greg Tranter||1969-70 Buffalo Bills|
|John Green||QB||Budd Bailey||1960-61 Buffalo Bills, 1962 New York Titans, 1963 New York Jets|
|Ben Gregory||RB||Greg Tranter||1968 Buffalo Bills|
|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|
|Tom Janik||DB||Budd Bailey||1963-64 Denver Broncos, 1965-68 Buffalo Bills, 1969-70 Boston Patriots, 1971 New England Patriots|
|Art Laster||T||Greg Tranter||1970 Buffalo Bills|
|Angelo Loukas||G-T||Greg Tranter||1969 Buffalo Bills, 1970 Boston Patriots|
|Billy Masters||TE-SE||Budd Bailey||1967-69 Buffalo Bills, 1970-74 Denver Broncos, 1975-76 Kansas City Chiefs|
|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|
|Leroy Moore||DE||Greg Tranter||1960 Buffalo Bills, 1961-62 Boston Patriots, 1962-63 Buffalo Bills, 1964-65 Denver Broncos|
|Jim Otto||C||Rich Shmelter||1960-74 Oakland Raiders|
|Bob Pifferini||C||Chad Moody||1949 Detroit Lions|
|George Ratterman||QB||Ken Crippen||1947-49 Buffalo Bills, 1950-51 New York Yanks, 1952-56 Cleveland Browns|
|Preston Ridlehuber||RB||Greg Tranter||1966 Atlanta Falcons, 1968 Oakland Raiders, 1969 Buffalo Bills|
|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|
|Tom Sherman||QB||Greg Tranter||1968-69 Boston Patriots, 1969 Buffalo Bills|
|O.J. Simpson||RB||Budd Bailey||1969-77 Buffalo Bills, 1978-79 San Francisco 49ers|
|Ken Stabler||QB||Rich Shmelter||1970-79 Oakland Raiders, 1980-81 Houston Oilers, 1982-84 New Orleans Saints|
|Kay Stephenson||QB-Head Coach||Greg Tranter||Player: 1967 San Diego Chargers, 1968 Buffalo Bills; Head Coach: 1983-85 Buffalo Bills|
|Jim Wagstaff||DB||Budd Bailey||1959 Chicago Cardinals, 1960-61 Buffalo Bills|
|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|