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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Ernie Warlick

(Born July 21, 1932) -- The Bills haven’t had a great tradition of excellence at the tight end position over the years. However, they got off to a good start in that department. Ernie Warlick certainly ranks as one of the most underrated players in Bills’ history.

Warlick was a star for North Carolina Central. He turned pro, but not in this country - landing with Calgary of the Canadian Football League.

After four good years with the Stampeders, Warlick came to Buffalo in 1962. He made an immediate impact. You want speed from the tight end? Warlick averaged 17.2 yards per catch, a very impressive number.

He spent four years with the Bills and was an all-AFL pick each year. What’s more, the Bills won two championships during that span.

Warlick was good after retirement, too. He became the first African American sportscaster in Buffalo television history. Warlick was picked for the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.