Sunday, July 6, 2014

1964 Profile: Ed Rutkowski

Kick Returner-Halfback
No. 40
Notre Dame
"If the Bills fail to find a runner to complement Cookie Gilchrist, look for Ed Rutkowski to help out again in an offensive role.
Born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, he was an unwanted rookie in 1963 until the Bills took him on as a free agent with the idea that a club can never have too many defensive backs. Before long, however, he went to the offense as a runner and receiver when Roger Kochman was injured, and sparkled in a position he hadn't played since high school.
Ed gained 408 yards as a rusher and a receiver; his eventual 1964 position will be determined after the club shapes up in exhibition play."

-Don Schiffer, Pro Football 1964

"Ed surprised and embarrassed a lot of the so-called 'experts' during an exciting rookie campaign last year. Overlooked in the regular draft, Ed was signed as a free agent by the Bills. The former Notre Dame defensive star has the size and speed which is necessary for a top defensive back.
In college, Ed competed in track and was an outstanding wrestler."

-1964 Topps No. 35

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