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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Elbert Dubenion

(Born on February 16, 1933) -- Buffalo sports figures have had plenty of good nicknames over the years. “Golden Wheels” ranks with any of them.

Elbert Dubenion was born in Georgia and played college football at Bluffton, a school in northwest Ohio. The college even has a tribute to Dubenion on its web site.

It took the wide receiver a year to land in professional football. He turned up in the first training camp in Bills’ history in 1960, which was held in East Aurora. Conditions were a little primitive, but Dubenion didn’t mind at all.

He moved into a starting job, and caught 42 passes that first year for 752 yards. That’s an average of about 18 yards per catch, showing his speed. By 1964 he averaged an amazing 27.1 yards per catch, and helped the Bills win an AFL title. Dubenion stayed with the team until 1968.

Then he moved smoothly into scouting, and spotted a wide receiver at a small Pennsylvania college who he thought had potential. Elbert Dubenion turned out to be right about Andre Reed.

--- 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.