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NFL player returns to roots

Member of '65 draft class inducted into high school hall of fame

Ed Meixler, a 1961 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, is one of 11 former student athletes, coaches or contributors being inducted into the 2011 Blue Streak Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 9.

Ed Meixler, a 1961 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, is one of 11 former student athletes, coaches or contributors being inducted into the 2011 Blue Streak Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 9. Submitted photo

— Ed Meixler has his place in NFL history but Saratoga Springs High School will always be the place that got him there.

“Saratoga, I owe a lot to. It was a great town, I made a lot of friends and I’ve got a lot of ‘thank yous’ just for the ability to grow up there and play in their system,” said Meixler, 67.

The high school has a ‘thank you’ for Meixler, too, which is why he’s one of 11 former graduates being inducted into the 2011 Blue Streak Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 9.

“The nominating process was open to the public and we received many nominations for former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors,” said Peter Sheehan, director of athletics and physical education. “Our selection committee chose these 11 individuals for induction into our 2011 and we are looking forward to celebrating their accomplishments as members of the Saratoga athletic community.”

When Meixler graduated in 1961, he left Saratoga Springs and never looked back. This trip home, though, will be special because of a fellow HOF inductee.

“I played basketball my last year for Bill Dalrymple. He was the best in all my years, one of the biggest influences on my life as a coach and as a human being and I can’t say enough about him as a person,” said Meixler. “He was probably the best coach I ever had; he believed in me more than I believed in myself.”

Dalrymple was Meixler’s line coach for football and then basketball coach when the team went 16-2 and made it to sections.

“Bill took an interest in me and gave me the encouragement that I could play on the college level and he related me to a few of the real good ballplayers he’d had play for him years back,” said Meixler.

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