Monday, July 17, 2017

1978 Profile: Merv Krakau

Middle Linebacker
No. 52
Iowa State
"One of the most improved players on the Bills' squad, Merv was an effective specialty teams player before becoming a starter.
He was a defensive tackle at Iowa State and was Lineman of the Week for a 1972 performance against Nebraska."
Merv has ambitions to be a teacher after his playing career."

-1978 Topps, No. 369

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1978 Profile: Reuben Gant

Tight End
No. 88
Oklahoma State
"Reuben has improved his blocking tremendously and has become a very reliable player for the Bills.
He was a three-time honorable mention All-Big 8 at Oklahoma State and was considered to be the best downfield blocker on the offensive line.
Reuben's hobbies include horseback riding."

-1978 Topps, No. 212

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

1978 Profile: Willie Parker

Center
No. 61
North Texas State
"With versatility as his major asset, Willie became the Bills' regular center in 1977. He has the ability to play guard or center and has been used by the Bills as a snapper on punts and placement kicks.
A strong specialty teams player, he was drafted by the 49ers in 1971 and spent most of that campaign on the reserve squad. Willie was traded to the Bills by the Los Angeles Rams on September 10, 1973. He was All-Missouri Valley in college during the 1970 campaign.
Willie is in the insurance business."

-1978 Topps, No. 176

Monday, June 26, 2017

1978 Profile: Mike Kadish

Defensive Tackle
No. 71
Notre Dame
"One of the Bills' most consistent defensive linemen, Mike enjoyed his finest campaign with the club in 1976. He was credited with 54 unassisted tackles and 41 assists that season and also led the defense with six and a half sacks.
Mike has started every game for the Bills the past three seasons. He realized a lineman's dream in 1975 when he scored a touchdown after running 22 yards with a lateral against the Steelers. He is extremely quick.
Mike is an avid golfer."

1978 Topps, No. 148

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

1978 Profile: Roland Hooks

Running Back
No. 25
North Carolina State
"Heir apparent to O.J. Simpson. And how about filling THOSE shoes, boys and girls?
Hooks rushed for 497 yards (3.9 [yard average per attempt]) after Simpson was injured a year ago. He had a 66-yard run, the second longest non-scoring run in the AFC. 'Hook'em' Hooks, now in his fourth year with Buffalo after being drafted 10th out of North Carolina State, has been Simpson's valet ever since and now seeks his own identity.
Born in Brooklyn, where he became an elusive back, it is reported, the first time he was tackled on asphalt. Hooks has never scored a touchdown for the Bills, even though he also has returned punts and kickoffs. If he does well this fall, he will get a TV Hertz ad jumping suitcases in a Buffalo airport."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1978 Edition

"A versatile and valuable performer for the Bills the past two seasons, Roland is one of the club's leading punt and kickoff return artists. He had the Bills' longest runback of 1976 with a 79-yard kickoff return against the Dolphins. Roland holds the North Carolina State record of 981 kickoff return yards.
Roland enjoys handball."

-1978 Topps, No. 471

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

1978 Profile: Tony Greene

Free Safety
No. 43
Maryland
"It's not easy being Greene- the devil it isn't. Not if you're Tony Greene. The Bills' talented veteran leaves others green with envy the way he plays free safety.
He intercepted nine passes a year ago, matching his pro high and one behind the pro leader, Lyle Blackwood of Baltimore. Greene has 29 pass thefts over the last four seasons. A talented, versatile athlete, he has played cornerback and both safeties in his seven years with Buffalo.
Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Greene was a defensive back at Maryland and a 9.5 sprinter on the track team. A free agent- one more time?- signed by the Bills, he holds the club record with a 101-yard interception return, the NFL's longest in 1976."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1978 Edition

"Tony set a Bills' record with a 101-yard return for a touchdown against the Chiefs on October 3, 1976, the longest interception return of the year in the NFL. He has great speed.
Tony enjoys music and dancing."

-1978 Topps, No. 251

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

1978 Profile: Mario Clark

Cornerback
No. 29
Oregon
"Potentially an outstanding cornerback. Clark intercepted seven passes in his second year, which is outstanding considering that the Bills have no pass rush. He has started every game since the Bills drafted him in 1976.
Clark could become the Bills' land baron if O.J. leaves any over. He majored in architecture and real estate at Oregon, where he had 13 career interceptions and was the first Pacific 8 freshman ever named National Player of the Week. Clark was born in Pasadena, California, near the Rose Bowl, but never played there for lowly Oregon.
He's a bachelor whose hobbies include music, reupholstering furniture and intimidating quarterbacks."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1978 Edition

"A very reliable performer for the Bills, Mario shows improvement in every game. Named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 1976, he was credited with defensing 18 passes.
Mario was an All-Pacific 8 selection of both AP and UPI at Oregon. He was an honorable mention AP All-America with 13 career interceptions.
Mario's hobbies include reupholstering furniture."

-1978 Topps, No. 57