Original Oiler Bill Groman dies at 83

Standout wide receiver won two AFC championships with Houston and two with Buffalo

By BEN GOSS

As reported by multiple media sources, including ProFootballTalk.com, Oilers legend Bill Groman passed away last week.

Groman’s four championship rings

A member of the original Oilers team of 1960, Groman played on Houston’s two championship teams of 1960 and 1961, as well as the Buffalo Bills title teams of 1964 and 1965, becoming the only player in history to play for four AFL championship-winning squads.

In another historic mark spanning both the AFL and NFL, Groman is the only player in pro football history to have 27 touchdown catches in his first 25 games.

Ben Goss is the founder and publisher of the Miss Ya Blue! Media outlet, part of his Red Seat Strategy conglomerate, along with his Long Ball City baseball brand. The Mississippi native has been a college professor for more than 20 years and teaches in the area of sport business, something he did as a child before he knew it was an industry or field of study. Among the highlights of his life and career are publishing a baseball card newsletter in fourth grade before Beckett’s did, building an entire cardboard multipurpose domed stadium in sixth grade, perfect scores on every paper he ever wrote on the Boston Celtics while in high school and college, sports editor of his middle school and high school newspapers, part-time sportswriter for his hometown newspaper, associate sports editor of his college newspaper (the only journalism minor to hold an editorial position at that time), serving as a color commentator for two college baseball teams and an arena football team, and adopting a pit bull that had been rescued from euthanization.

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