Al Bemiller

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Al Bemiller
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Position: Center, Guard
Personal information
Born: (1938-04-18) April 18, 1938 (age 83)
Hanover, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Hanover (PA)
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 1961  / Round: 7 / Pick: 94
AFL Draft: 1961  / Round: 7 / Pick: 51
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:126
Games started:111
Fumble recoveries:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Albert Delane Bemiller (born April 18, 1938) is a former American football offensive lineman. He played college football at Syracuse University and professionally in the American Football League (AFL) for the Buffalo Bills. He was a member of two AFL championship teams with the Bills and was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Buffalo Bills

Bemiller was drafted as an offensive lineman by the Buffalo Bills in 1961, when he immediately became their starting center, [1] replacing Dan McGrew, although the latter was the All-AFL 2nd team center in the Bills' inaugural season of 1960. During the 1961 season, Bemiller played in all 14 games, between fellow rookie Billy Shaw at left offensive guard and second year pro Chuck Muelhaupt at right guard, under head coach Buster Ramsey. In 1962, he continued to play center next to Shaw and new right guard Tom Day under new head coach Lou Saban. These three linemen would play together up to 1963, when the Bills tied for first place in the AFL east division, but lost a playoff game to the Boston Patriots.

In 1964, Bemiller was switched to right offensive guard, playing between veteran center Walt Cudzik and right offensive tackle Dick Hudson, when the Bills won their first AFL championship. They repeated in 1965, when Bemiller became an AFL All-Star at right guard, still next to Hudson but with a new center, Dave Behrman. In 1966, under new head coach Joe Collier, Bemiller switched back to center, playing between Shaw and right guard Joe O'Donnell. From 1967 to 1969, he remained the starting center but also played left offensive tackle in 1967. In 1968, he played between Shaw and Bob Kalsu and in 1969, his final year, between Shaw and O'Donnell.

He was replaced the following year by Frank Marchlewski. In his 9-year career with the Bills, he never missed a game.

Post NFL

After playing for the Bills, Bemiller became a substitute teacher for the Buffalo Public Schools and can be seen on occasion at Hutchinson Central Technical High School in Buffalo, New York. [2] Bemiller also worked 33 years as a high school wrestling official for the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association of section 6 (NYS), from 1970-2003. and was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. [3] Bemiller also worked 25 years as a recreation coordinator at Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica. [4] Bemiller's grandson, quarterback Jake Dolegala, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2019. [5]

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References

  1. "1961 Buffalo Bills Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
  2. "Lynch, Denny. 20 November 2007". Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  3. http://buffalonews.com/2015/11/05/winning-and-good-fortune-followed-bemiller/
  4. https://theathletic.com/950748/2019/04/27/after-an-up-and-down-draft-day-jake-dolegala-carries-on-nfl-family-legacy-by-signing-with-the-bengals/