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ABRAMOSKI HUMBLED BY INCLUSION ON THE WALL

Former Buffalo Bills trainer Ed Abramoski became the 14th member of the Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday night.

"This is indeed a humbling experience for me," said Abramoski, who spent 36 years as the team's trainer, from the Bills' inception in 1960 to 1996.

"Being on the Wall of Fame exceeds all my goals, dreams and fantasies. I'm still having trouble believing this is happening."

Abramoski was a distinguished member of the training profession during his tenure and was known as being a caring friend and confidant of the players. He was elected to the National Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 1986 and went into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in '97.

In August, he became the first trainer ever to serve as a presenter during an enshrinement ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bills great Billy Shaw picked him for that honor. Now he is the first trainer on a team's Wall of Fame.

"I can't think of anybody who has done more for the Bills than Eddie," said Bills owner Ralph Wilson. "You can see how much the players care about him by how many showed up here to help honor him."

About 45 former Bills were on hand for Bills Alumni Weekend to help honor Abramoski. Jack Kemp, Mike Stratton, Reggie McKenzie and Joe Cribbs were among them.

Abramoski becomes the fifth non-playing member of the wall. The others are Wilson, Marv Levy, Pat McGroder and the 12th Man.

The Bills outgained the Jets, 384-190. It was the ninth straight game the Bills have topped 300 yards in offense. That's tied for the third-longest such streak in team history.

New York gained just 116 net yards passing, and Keyshawn Johnson was held to 47 yards on three receptions.

"We did a pretty good job of being aware of Keyshawn," cornerback Ken Irvin said. "The secondary guys did a tremendous amount of studying all week, probably the most since I've been here."

Curtis Martin finished with 45 yards on nine carries. He had 54 and 38 in two games against Buffalo last season.

"Last week we got caught up in the hype with Edgerrin James," said linebacker Sam Rogers. "He said he was going to get 200 yards on us and we got caught up in that. This week we all said just do our responsibilities."

Rogers teamed on a key sack with Ted Washington on a second-and-goal play from the Bills' 8 in the third quarter. The Jets were forced to kick a field goal two plays later.

"It was supposed to be Gabe (Northern) rushing," Rogers said. "But they switched strength. The tight end went to the other side, so I became the rusher. We had a stunt where I go upfield and the tackle comes to me and then I go back around (behind) Bruce (Smith). The guard and the tackle stayed with Bruce and I just beat the center."

Sunday's 99-yard scoring drive was the Bills' first in eight years. Frank Reich directed one against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 22, 1991.

The game was the first night contest in Buffalo in five years, since a 27-20 Bills victory over Denver on Sept. 26, 1994.

The Bills are 45-33 against the Jets, 18-22-1 in home openers and 14-6 in prime-time games at Orchard Park.
Since 1989, 14 teams have begun the season 0-2 and still made the playoffs, including the Jets and Bills a year ago. . . . Jets long-snapper John Hudson is the son of Dick Hudson, who played tackle for the Bills from 1963-68. . . . Inactive for the Bills were Joe Panos, Thurman Thomas, Keith Newman, Keion Carpenter, Jay Foreman, Bill Conaty and Victor Allotey.

The renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium officially was dedicated before the game. Wilson, Gov. Pataki, Jack Kemp and Jim Kelly, and broadcasters Paul Maguire and Van Miller cut ribbons in a ceremony outside the new club seating section named after Kelly.

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