Wednesday, July 22, 2015

1974 Profile: Ernie Kellerman

Strong Safety
No. 24
Miami of Ohio
"Kellerman signed as a free agent on October 13 last fall, started the next day at safety against the Colts and intercepted a pass. He finished the season with two interceptions and 23 yards in total returns, starting at strong safety in 10 games. Ernie was released by Cincinnati the week before the season opened.
Ernie played safety and led the special teams with the Bengals in 1972 after he was with the Cleveland organization for seven years. He was originally signed by the Browns as a free agent in 1965 after being drafted by Dallas in the sixth round and released on the final cut. The Browns let him go just prior to the '72 opener. Kellerman has a total of 19 career interceptions.
Kellerman was a quarterback for coaches John Pont and Bo Schembechler at Miami of Ohio and guided the Redskins into the Tangerine Bowl as a sophomore. He was a three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection and MVP of the Miami team, and an honorable mention All-America as a senior. Inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972, Ernie threw an 88-yard touchdown pass to help Miami surprise nationally-ranked Purdue in a game voted the Major Upset of the 1962 college season.
Ernie earned his college degree in health and physical education, and general business was his minor. He once taught school during the off-season but now works as a manufacturer's representative. Ernie enjoys Broadway musicals and golf."

-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook

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