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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; August 23, 1956 -- Lending a hand

This area has a history of electing some of its football players to public office. Jack Kemp is the best example of that, but there are others such as Al Dekdebrun.

Dekdebrun was born in Buffalo and graduated from Burgard High School. He eventually went to Cornell University, where he was an All-American after leading the nation in passing yardage.

Then it was on to the pros. Dekdebrun played three years in the All-American Football Conference and six more in the Canadian Football League.

When he wasn't playing, Dekdebrun was busy starting a sporting goods store in Buffalo. In that role he joined the Greater Buffalo Advertising Club.

There Dekdebrun helped to create the Ad Club All-Star Football Game, which started on this date. It matched the City's best against the County's best. He was the first chairman of the game.

Dekdebrun eventually became Amherst Town Supervisor, and a candidate for County Executive in 1975. He died in 2005.

-- Budd Bailey

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