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Former Buffalo Bills star safety Saimes dies at 71

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm •  Published: March 9, 2013

"We used to kid him about it and say, 'If you had great hands and great eyesight, you could've had at least 50 or 60 interceptions," Edgerson said with a laugh. "At least he knocked the ball down."

Kidding aside, Edgerson said, Saimes was an elite safety then, and would've been one today as well.

"We know there wasn't a better safety before him, and I don't think there's been any since, especially in terms of tackling the intelligence of playing in the secondary with the receivers," Edgerson said.

"I think that there should've been some consideration for him going into the Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, a lot of defensive backs in the '60s and '70s never really got that consideration."

After his playing days, Saimes stayed in football as a scout, including a 15-year stint with the Washington Redskins. He also worked as a scout with Tampa Bay and the Houston Texans.

Linda Durley has relished in hearing stories about her father from his playing days. And she fondly remembered being on the field with Saimes when his name was placed on the Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2000.

"He was the most amazing dad," Durley said. "He was amazing and strong. He loved his family, he loved his grandchildren, and he loved my mom so very much."

Saimes is survived by his wife, Betsy, three daughters and eight grandchildren.

A funeral service has been scheduled for Wednesday at the Community Christian Church in North Canton, Ohio.