Wednesday, July 11, 2018

1979 Profile: Ken Jones

Offensive Tackle
No. 72
Arkansas State
Very quick and agile, Ken is the unsung stalwart who completes the offensive line of the Bills. He played all 16 games, starting 15, after playing all 14 games in 1977.
Ken was a first-team All-American who as a guard paved the way for the top rushing offense in college football. He was a two-year starter who came back strong after an appendectomy in his sophomore year.
A member of the Bills' basketball team, Ken also likes to play racquetball.

Monday, July 2, 2018

1979 Profile: Joe Devlin

Offensive Tackle
No. 70
Iowa
In 1975 the Bills traded former number one draft choice Walt Patulski to the Cardinals for a second-round draft choice that was used to draft Joe Devlin. Known as the other Joe D. of the Bills' offensive line, he started the last two games of his rookie season in 1976, every game in '77 and every game in '78 until sidelined late in the season, 30 straight starts.
Joe is a strong and athletic offensive lineman who was a three-year starter at Iowa at both guard and tackle. In 1975 he was a first-team Sporting News All-American, an honorable mention UPI All-American and first-team All-Big Ten.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

1979 Profile: Joe DeLamielleure

Joe has played every game for the Bills during his six seasons as a pro. He's been a consensus All-Pro the last four years. He's been selected to four Pro Bowls- and has been in the starting lineup for the last three.
An outstanding blocker for both running and passing, Joe was a No. 1 draft pick in 1973. He was three times All-Big Ten at Michigan State and an All-American as a senior.
In college, Joe majored in criminal justice. As a pro, Joe lays down the law for opposing defenses.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

1979 Rookie Profile: Tom Cousineau

Linebacker
1st Round
Ohio State
"In 1977 and 1978 the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers, respectively, drafted instant success in the form of running backs Tony Dorsett and Earl Campbell. Dorsett helped the Cowpokes win Super Bowl XII and Campbell led an Oiler rush to the playoffs and a quarterfinal playoff win.
The scenario was different last may at the 44th annual NFL draft held in New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, however, when this season's first choice, Ohio State linebacker Tom Cousineau, was selected by the Buffalo Bills. Cousineau is properly rated as the number one pro prospect in the country, but neither he nor his teammates are playoff bound.
'All we know,' said Buffalo head coach Chuck Knox, 'is that Cousineau can become an All-Pro.'
Cousineau is only the second linebacker ever honored as number one in the lottery, the other being Tommy Nobis, the Atlanta Falcons' 1966 selection, who more than made the pick stand up.
'My idol has always been Dick Butkus,' said Cousineau, who wears a diamond in his left earlobe, a leather scapular medal around his neck and a shark tattoo on his right calf. 'Buffalo seemed to need defense last year. I expect to start and I feel I will contribute.' Cousineau hopes to follow in the footsteps of the NFL's best inside linebacker- Denver's Randy Gradishar, another Ohio State grad and Woody Hayes player.
Cousineau is 6'3" and 230 pounds of filet mignon on the hoof, but like most draft picks his selection cannot be assessed for several years. The Bills needed defense and he was the best athlete available."

-Norm MacLean, Football Forecast 1979

Sunday, May 20, 2018

1979 Profile: Lou Piccone

Wide Receiver
No. 89
West Liberty State
"One of the Bills' most versatile players, Lou excels on specialty team duty. He set Jets' season and career records for kickoff return yardage during the 1974 campaign.
Lou majored in speech at West Liberty State."

-1979 Topps No. 148