Ed Rutkowski

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Ed Rutkowski
No. 46 and 40
Position: Wide receiver, Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1941-03-21) March 21, 1941 (age 76)
Kingston, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Notre Dame
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • AFL All-Star: 1965
  • American Football League Champion 1964
  • American Football League Champion 1965
Player stats at PFR
Ed Rutowski
4th Erie County Executive
In office
Preceded by Edward Regan
Succeeded by Dennis Gorski
Personal details
Political party Republican

Edward John Anthony Rutkowski (born March 21, 1941) is a former American football player, and a former politician in Buffalo, New York. Rutkowksi was a noted college and professional American football player. A wide receiver, he was an American Football League All-Star in 1965, playing for the AFL's Buffalo Bills as a receiver, defensive back, punt and kickoff return man and backup quarterback from 1963 to 1968. In a famous Topps football card mixup, Rutkowski was shown on two Buffalo Bills' football cards, his own, and mistakenly on the card for Ray Abruzzese. Rutkowski closed out his Pro Football career by playing seven games as a backup quarterback with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1969. From 1972-78 and again in 1990, Rutkowski served as a color commentator on the Bills' radio broadcasts. In 1979, he became the County Executive of Erie County, New York, succeeding Edward Regan, who stepped down to become New York State Comptroller. Rutkowski was elected to full terms in 1979 and 1983, following his one year unexpired term, for a total of nine years in office. In 1987, Rutkowski was defeated for reelection by Assemblyman Dennis Gorski.

In 1995, Rutkowski was appointed by Governor George Pataki as deputy commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. In this post, he was charge of all state parks and recreations operations in Western New York, including Niagara Falls. He held the post for 12 years, until Pataki left office.

He was the second quarterback from the Bills to enter politics; the first was his teammate Jack Kemp. Incidentally, both were Republicans.

He is of Polish origin.[1]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dick Rifenburg and Ralph Hubbell
Buffalo Bills color commentator
Succeeded by
Stan Barron
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Regan
Erie County, New York County Executive
1979 – 1987
Succeeded by
Dennis Gorski