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Buster Ramsey


Garrard Sliger Ramsey

Inducted 1978

Date of Birth



Townsend, TN


College of William & Mary (1939-1942)


Garrard "Buster" Ramsey was a high school star in Knoxville, Tennessee, and played college football at William and Mary. In his four years 1939-42 the school had a record of 29-7-3. The 1942 team was Southern Conference champion, beating out Duke and North Carolina for the title. That team beat Oklahoma 14-7, tied Harvard 7-7, and lost only to North Carolina Preflight. Ramsey was known in college as "a titanic blocker on offense, a tiger on defense." He made all-conference twice and in 1942 was chosen first-team All-America. He was the first All-America named from William and Mary. Ramsey was in the Navy in World War II, and he played professionally with the Chicago Cardinals 1946-1951. Ramsey was a pro coach 13 years including a term as head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 1960-1961.


Height 6'2

Weight 220

Career Highlights

  • 1942 All-Conference
  • 1942 First Team All-America
  • 1941 All-Conference
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