Edward Abramoski

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Edward Abramoski
Born Edward Raymond Abramoski
(1933-11-05) November 5, 1933 (age 80)
Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Other names Abe, Eddie
Occupation Athletic trainer
Years active 1960–1997

Edward "Abe" Abramoski (born Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1933) is an American Athletic Trainer, known for serving as the head Head Athletic Trainer for the Buffalo Bills in the American Football League and the NFL for a total of 37 years.[1] His service to the team and the City of Buffalo was formally recognized in 1999 with the inclusion of his name on the Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Career[edit]

Abramoski initially played football at his high school in Erie, Pennsylvania and received a football scholarship to Purdue University, but had to stop playing in his sophomore season due to a back injury. It was during this time that he started studying to become an athletic trainer.[1] Abramoski later began working as an athletic trainer for the Buffalo Bills in 1959 and prior to his stint in Buffalo, Abramoski also served as an athletic trainer for the University of Detroit, the Detroit Lions, and the United States Military Academy.[2] He has worked as an assistant trainer at West Point and at age 21, became the youngest Division I head trainer in the nation when he took on the position at the University of Detroit.[3] In 1990 and again in 1994, Abramowski received the Buffalo Bills Alumni Association Appreciation Award, and was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.[4] He is also a member of the Niagara Frontier for Distinguished Achievements in Sports and frequently volunteered for the New York State Special Olympics. Abramowski retired from his position in 1996 and in 1999 had his name placed on the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Abramoski was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania with four sisters and married his wife Patricia Abramoski (née Casey) in Louisville, Kentucky on June 18, 1960.[1] They had five children together and several grandchildren.[4] Abramoski became a member of the Buffalo Homing Pigeon Association in 1962 and has attended multiple national pigeon conventions.[4] In 2007, Abramoski received the International Federation Person of the Year.[6] In 2002 he co-wrote The Tale of the Tape: A History of the Buffalo Bills from the Inside, a non-fiction book detailing his time with the Buffalo Bills.[7] Abramoski donated his portion of the proceeds from the book to the Shaken Baby Syndrome Program at Children's Hospital of Buffalo in honor of an adopted grandson that suffered from shaken baby syndrome.[7]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Tale of the Tape: A History of the Buffalo Bills from the Inside (2002, with Milt Northrop)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Pat Abramoski - The Good Woman Behind the Good Man, The Legendary Eddie ("Abe") Abramoski". Living Prime Time. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "One Fan's Perspective: An All-Time Buffalo Bills Team: Non-Player Personnel". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "May 4, 1996: Ed Abramoski Retires As Head Trainer". Buffalo Rumblings. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Miller, Jeffrey J. (2007). Rockin' the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League. p. 471. ISBN 1550227971. 
  5. ^ "Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ed Abramoski - Person of the year 2007 I.F.". 
  7. ^ a b Felser, Larry (August 18, 2002). "ABRAMOSKI SERVES UP TALES FROM TRAINING ROOM". Buffalo News. Retrieved 22 February 2013.