Buffalo Bills Safety George Saimes Passes Away

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#026 – George Saimes

Buffalo Bills safety, and member of the AFL All-Time Team, George Saimes, passed away yesterday after a long battle with leukemia.  He was 72 years old.

An obituary of Saimes cane be found HERE.

George Saimes was recently the subject of a Tales from the American Football League Hall of Fame Comparison, which can be found HERE.



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5 Responses to Buffalo Bills Safety George Saimes Passes Away

  1. Tim Tryjankowski says:

    Thank you #26, class act great person and player. Brought 2 championships to Buffalo. How appropriate that he will be buried in Canton, Ohio…as his bust belongs there too…in the Hall of Fame. Thank you Mr Saimes…God’s peace to your wonderful family

  2. Mike Metzler says:

    R.I.P. George Saimes. A major reason for the Bills’ defensive dominance in the mid 60’s. Should have been in the HOF, along with Sestak, Kemp and Gilchrist long before their passing.

    • Jay Narsci says:

      It’s true. Kemp played in five out of ten AFL Championships, was a great quarterback who really put the Bills… along with Saimes, Gilchrist, Sestak among others… on the football map. HOF worthy by far.

  3. Wow, I can’t believe it. I literally JUST read about him four nights ago. The name of the article is “George Saimes, Star Safety,” and the author is Greg Tranter. It can be found in the January/February 2013 edition of The Coffin Corner, the official magazine of The Professional Football Researchers Association.

    As I commented on his Hall of Fame Comparison article (2-22-13), he sounds like he deserves The Hall of Fame. Cookie Gilchrist gets more attention–and he should be the first one from those 1960’s Bills teams to get elected to the HOF–but that Bills defense must have been really something to hold the high-voltage Chargers to 7 points in 2 championship games.

    Until recent years, I’m not sure I could have named one player on that Bills defense. (Admittedly, I’ve always paid more attention to the players on offense.) It’s good that those guys are getting more publicity now, thanks to publications like Tales from the American Football League, The Coffin Corner, and Leatherheads of the Gridiron.

    • Mike Metzler says:

      Being a youngster growing up in the 60’s and seeing the Bills from their inception, watching the Bills defense of the mid 60’s was every bit as exciting as the offense. Besides the “Hit heard ’round the world” by Mike Stratton in the 64 championship game, the one outstanding defensive effort was the record streak of 17 games in a row without allowing a touchdown on the ground, still a record I believe. The defensive line of McDole, Dunnaway, Sestak, and Day had a lot to do with it, but George Saimes was a ferocious tackler that rarely allowed a runner to get by the linebacker zone. I recall seeing former Bills middle linebacker Harry Jacobs state that one year Saimes had 102 tackle opportunities and made 100 of them. Sounds like HOF qualities to me.

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