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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

— The Steelers finally made him an offer but he quickly said “no.”

“I got so furious because I saw what happened. It was in the days before agents,” said Meixler.

Instead, he signed with the Boston Patriots (now New England Patriots).

“Most little kids dream of fit and I meet some great players and had a chance to play with some great players,” said Meixler. “If you get hurt today, contracts are a lot better because of the unions. Back then, they quickly replaced you … it is a brutal game.”

Meixler said goodbye to football and made his career in the automobile business and real estate. Now retired he lives just outside Charlotte, NC.

Sheehan said Meixler was one of about 50 total nominations sent in by the community.

Guidelines for nominations are on the district’s website but in general, inductees are individuals whose support “played a critical role in the strength of school and community athletic programs.”

Other inductees besides Meixler and his former coach, Dalrymple, are Keith Cummings, Kevin Cummings, Erin Davis, John Nichols, Don Pepper, George Perkins, Scott Perkins and Katherine and Ralph Stacey. They will be recognized during the high school’s first home football game on Sept. 9 and given a plaque in the trophy case in the lobby of the “blue gym.” The induction occurs at 4:30 p.m. in the Meade Auditorium.

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