PFRA Meeting 2018

Dates: July 12-15, 2018
Location: Buffalo, NY, Buffalo History Museum
Member Cost: TBD
Non-Member Cost: TBD

Official PFRA Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown
220 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 855-2223
Cut-off date for rooms is June 12, 2018.

Special Rate for Hotel:
$129.00 per night.
Ask for the 2018 PFRA Convention rate.

The museum will be hosting two sports-related exhibits during the convention weekend—the first featuring select items from PFRA member Greg Tranter’s massive Buffalo Bills memorabilia collection, recently donated to the museum by Greg. The second exhibit, known as Icons, will feature items from all of Buffalo’s professional sports teams. The Buffalo History Museum will be acting as a co-sponsor of the PFRA Convention.

The convention itinerary will include the usual mix of speakers and tours, plus the scheduled release of the second book in the PFRA series on Great Teams in Pro Football History, which will cover the 1958 Baltimore Colts and include their sudden death overtime victory in the NFL Championship Game that year, which would later became known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played.”

Guest Speakers (more to be announced later):

Bob Schmidt
NFL’s New York Giants (1959–1960), the AFL’s Houston Oilers (1961–1963), the AFL’s Boston Patriots (1964), and the AFL’s Buffalo Bills (1966–1967). He was a member of the Oilers’ AFL Championship team in 1961 and was an AFL All Star in 1961, 1962, and 1963.

Ed Abramoski
Athletic trainer for the Buffalo Bills for a total of 37 years from 1960 to 1997. He also served as a part-time trainer with the Detroit Lions prior to coming to Buffalo. Abramoski was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and in 1999 he was inducted into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame.

Joe Ziemba
Author of "When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL," which won the Nelson Ross award from the PFRA in 1999, and he will speak on the Cardinals connection to Buffalo.

Denny Lynch
Lynch has spent over 37 years in the Sports Administration field. He has worked in 5 different states at both the collegiate and professional level, and worked with the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots before coming to Buffalo to serve as the Director of Public and Community Relations for the Bills. He continues to be a consultant for the Bills as the liaison person for the Monday QB Club, Buffalo Bills Booster Cub, Buffalo Bills Alumni Association, and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Joe Bock
Bock had an eight-team pro football career including time with the Buffalo Bills in 1981, brief stints in 1982 with the New York Jets and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, replacement games with the St Louis Cardinals and Buffalo Bills in 1987, time with the Birmingham Stallions (1983 and 1985) and Houston Gamblers (1984) of the defunct United States Football League, and a season with the Chicago Bruisers of the Arena League in 1988. Joe appeared in Arena Bowl II with the Bruisers. In 2006, at the age of 46, he played briefly with the Rochester Raiders and New York/New Jersey Revolution in the old Great Lakes Indoor Football League, making him one of the few players to play in five professional leagues.

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