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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: George Saimes

(Born September 1, 1941) -- For those making up lists of underrated Buffalo Bills, George Saimes probably deserves to be included. He wasn’t one of the most famous members of the Bills’ championship teams of the Sixties, but he was one of the best.

Saimes played defensive back and halfback for Michigan State in college, and was taken by the Rams and Bills in 1963. The Bills won the bidding war for Saimes from the established NFL team.

Buffalo needed some time to figure out where Saimes’ best position was, as he spent some time on offense and some on defense. By 1964, Saimes was a solid fit at safety.

He made six interceptions as the Bills were AFL champions. The next year, Saimes had four picks in another title-winning season. Saimes finished out the decade with Buffalo before moving to Denver for his final three years from 1970 to 1972.

The safety was an all-AFL pick five times, and was named to the league’s all-time team. That helped him get on the Bills’ Wall of Fame. Saimes later became a professional scout.

--- Budd Bailey

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