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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; June 27, 1964 -- Rockpile talent show

War Memorial Stadium had some good talent play on its surface over the years. There was certainly a lot of it on this night.

It was the night of the then-annual All-America football game. Some of the best graduating players in the country would come to Buffalo once a year and display their talents.

How good were the players? Let's see -- Paul Warfield was a great wide receiver. Willie Brown, Carl Eller and Charlie Taylor were all-time greats. Dave Wilcox was a standout linebacker.

And that doesn't include names like Tom Keating, Gerry Philbin (of UB), Matt Snell, Billy Truax and Dave Parks. You might remember Dave Kopay, who was forced into kicking duties because neither team bothered to bring one.

The coaches were Bob Devaney of Nebraska and Pete Elliott of Illinois. For the record, the East beat the West, 18-15.

-- Budd Bailey

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