The accomplishments of the 6'3", 245-pound Bill Bergey, who went to Pine Valley Central School, are impressive with numerous awards at Arkansas State University and with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.Born in Gowanda on February 9, 1945, Bergey graduated from Pine Valley in 1964, where he played fullback and was a Class B Basketball League All-Star. He led the Panthers to an unbeaten league record and 19-1 record overall.
In his senior football season, Bergey appeared headed to all-star status after he scored six touchdowns and passed for another. However, illness in the fourth game sidelined him until the last game of the season. Besides playing fullback, the position that eventually made Bergey famous was linebacker.