Willmer Fowler
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Personal information
Born: (1937-06-03) June 3, 1937 (age 82)
Andalusia, Alabama
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Mansfield
NFL Draft:1959 / Round: 8 / Pick: 86
Career history
* Buffalo Bills (19601961)
Career NFL statistics
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Willmer L. Fowler (born June 3, 1937) is a former American football player who played with the Buffalo Bills. He played college football at Northwestern University.[1]

Drafted, but not signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, Fowler caught on with the Bills in the American Football League, where he made their inaugural roster and became the team's starting halfback, becoming the first Bill to rush for 100 yards in a single game. A ruptured Achilles tendon in 1961 ended his playing career.

Fowler served in the National Guard from 1960 to 1981, retiring with the rank of Captain. He also worked for IBM, and, until his retirement in 2017, was the director of the Erie County pistol permit office.[2]


  1. "Willmer Fowler". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  2. Miller, Melinda (July 8, 2017). "Pistol permit chief, an original Bill, hangs up holster at age 80". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.

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