Monday, February 19, 2018

1979 Profile: Dennis L. Johnson

Defensive Tackle
No. 75
Delaware
"Acquired by the Bills from the Redskins prior to the 1978 campaign, Dennis proved to be a valuable member of the Buffalo defensive unit last season. He's a hard hitter.
Dennis was a Kodak Little All-American in 1972."

-1979 Topps No. 428

1979 Profile: Dennis D. Johnson

Running Back
No. 39
Mississippi State
"Another of the Bills' superb crop of 1978 rookies, Dennis proved to be a valuable member of the club's offensive unit. A second-team All-Southeastern Conference pick in 1976, he was sidelined part of 1977 due to a knee injury requiring surgery.
Dennis was a physical education major at Mississippi State."

-1979 Topps No. 216

Thursday, February 8, 2018

1979 Profile: Rusty Jackson

Punter
No. 4
LSU
"A three-year letterman at LSU where he placekicked as well as punted, Rusty had a long boot of 70 yards for the Bills in 1978. He made the All-Rookie team in 1976.
Rusty has worked as a consultant forester during the off-season."

-1979 Topps No. 449

Saturday, January 27, 2018

1979 Profile: Roland Hooks

Running Back
No. 25
North Carolina State
"Roland stepped into the limelight in spectacular fashion for the Bills. In his first starting assignment, November 6, 1977, he rushed for 155 yards on 27 carries to help the club to an upset victory over the Patriots.
Roland returned a kickoff 80 yards in his first varsity game at North Carolina State."

-1979 Topps No. 379

Thursday, January 11, 2018

1979 Profile: Tom Dempsey

Place Kicker
No. 6
Palomar JC
"Tom holds the [NFL] mark with a 63-yard field goal for the Saints in 1970. He has worked as the sports director for a radio station."

-1979 Topps No. 317

Friday, December 29, 2017

1979 Profile: Sherman White

Defensive End
No. 83
California
"Sherman tank. Built to destroy, but has practiced self-destruction most of his pro career. The second player taken in the entire 1972 draft, by Cincinnati, he hasn't come close to All-Pro or even a Pro Bowl. White shouldn't feel alone: Walt Patulski, Dave Butz and John Matuszak haven't either.
He wasn't a particular favorite of Bengals' majordomo Paul Brown and was traded to the Bills in 1976. White has been a starter all three of his years in Buffalo.
The sleeping giant may have awakened in 1978, having probably his best year as a pro. He might hit his peak this autumn.
Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, White was an All-American at California after having played just two games of football in high school."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1979 Edition

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

1979 Profile: Keith Moody

Kick Returner-Cornerback
No. 46
Syracuse
"Buffalo was past the point of no returns when it drafted Moody 10th in 1976. One year later he finished fourth in the NFL bringing back punts, including club records for return average, 13.1, and the longest return, 91 yards- also the longest in the league that season.
One-year flash? Forget it. Moody came back last year with an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown, tying the Jets' Bruce Harper for the longest return in the league. Moody and Harper had identical 12.6 return averages, second in the NFL to Denver's Rick Upchurch.
Moody was born in Salisbury, North Carolina. A star defensive back at Syracuse, he backs up Mario Clark at left cornerback for the Bills."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1979 Edition