Sunday, July 6, 2014

1964 Profiles: Ed Rutkowski and Bill Groman

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

No. 89
"Making a comeback with the Broncos, flankerback Bill Groman is searching for the form that made him one of the AFL's most dangerous pass catchers with the Oilers during their 1960-61 championship seasons. He was slowed by a knee injury in 1962.
As a rookie out of small Heidelberg College, he grabbed 72 passes for 1,472 yards in 1960. The next season he caught 50 for 1,175 yards and an AFL record of 17 touchdown passes while compiling a remarkable 23.5 average gain. A dash man in college, he hopes to regain his speed."

-Dave Anderson, Pro Football Handbook 1964

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