Category Archives: Tom Keating
It has been reported that former Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders defensive lineman, Tom Keating, passed away last Friday, after a battle with prostate cancer. You can see his obituary here.
It is sad, but somewhat fitting that Keating and Ben Davidson, two great friends and teammates, who shared so many adventures together, both passed away from the same disease within months of each other. I had an opportunity to spend a wonderful afternoon a couple of years ago with Davidson and Keating. Here is the article that was inspired by that visit: Coffee with a Couple of Raiders
After defeating the San Diego Chargers by a score of 20-7 in the 1964 AFL Championship Game, the Buffalo Bills made a few changes to their roster. The most significant adjustment was trading away star running back, Cookie Gilchrist, to the Denver Broncos in exchange for fullback, Billy Joe. With their retooling complete, the Bills began the 1965 season right where they had left off the season before. Led by star quarterback, Jack Kemp, Buffalo moved through the league at rapid pace and finished the regular season with a 10-3-1 record. They again faced the Chargers in the AFL Championship Game, this time shutting out the western division champs, 23-0, in San Diego’s Balboa Stadium.