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AFL: Buffalo Bills Fire Head Coach

Jan. 4, 1962 - The Buffalo Bills dismissed Coach Gerard (Buster) Ramsey (pictured) today. He was the fifth head coach to go since the start of the eight-team American Football League’s 1961 season. A one-time NFL All-Star with the Chicago Cardinals, Ramsey was the first man hired when the Bills were organized two years ago by Ralph C. Wilson. Dismissing him, said Wilson, was “one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make.” Apparently waiting in the wings as the top contender for Ramsey’s job was Lou Saban, director of player personnel for the Bills since he was ousted as head coach of the Boston Patriots in October. The Bills are one of the strongest franchises in the new league, despite two losing seasons. Their attendance climbed from 15,000 per game in 1960 to an average of 20,000 in 1961.

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