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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Jim Ringo

(Born November 21, 1931) -- Jim Ringo’s football career was filled with success. There was one exception, and it was hardly all his fault.

Ringo was born in New Jersey and played college football at Syracuse University. He was a not-so-massive 211 pounds when the Green Bay Packers drafted him in the seventh round, but he was smart and tough. Ringo was part of the great Packers’ teams in the early 1960s, and made seven straight Pro Bowls along the way.

According to legend, Ringo showed up in Vince Lombardi’s office in 1964 with an agent, and Lombardi immediately traded him to the Eagles. Ringo made three more Pro Bowls before retirement.

Ringo went into coaching, and was the offensive line coach for the Bills when O.J. Simpson ran wild from 1972 to 1975. When Lou Saban quit as head coach in 1976, Ringo was promoted to head coach. The Bills, in the midst of massive problems, went 3-20 under Ringo.

So it was back to assistant coaching, as Ringo worked with the Patriots, Rams, Jets and Bills. He died in 2007.

--- 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.