Bud Carpenter has officially retired as Director of Training Operations for the Buffalo Bills after 33 seasons with the team. Carpenter joined the organization in 1985, hired away from the Boston Bruins by the Bills original trainer Ed Abramowski.

Carpenter, a native of Allegany, in Cattaraugus County, was named head trainer in 1996 when Abramowski retired and then was given the title of Director of Training Operations 2016. The Bills staff under Carpenter’s leadership was honored in 2007 and again in 2014 as the Ed Block NFL Athletic Training Staff of the year.

2007 was the season in which tight end Kevin Everett suffered a serious neck injury covering a kickoff. Carpenter and his staff along with team Doctor Dr. Andy Cappuccino were credited for their immediate and expert care which prevented Everett from being paralyzed for the remainder of his life.

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Carpenter has served as President of the DiPaolo Scholarship Fund

Bud Carpenter has been very involved in his community serving as President of the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarhsip Fund and working with Kids Escaping Drugs and the Center for Handicapped Children.

Carpenter was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 the Fredonia State Sports Halls of Fame, the Allegany-Limestone Hall of Fame, and is the recipient of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Award. 

Carpenter lives in Hamburg with wife Kathy and their daughter Sarah.

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