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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018

1979 Profile: Willie Parker

Center
No. 61
North Texas State
"The Bills' regular center over the course of the past two seasons, Willie started all 14 games of the 1977 campaign at the center post, moving in for the departed  Mike Montler. He had appeared in 30 consecutive games for the Bills before suffering an injury in the second game of 1976.
Willie is an excellent snapper on punting downs.
He won three letters in weightlifting at North Texas State."

-1979 Topps No. 259

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

1979 Profile: Nick Mike-Mayer

Place Kicker
No. 5
Temple
"Nick joined the Eagles for the final three games of 1977 and displayed a perfect record. He was three-for-three in field goal tries and made seven extra points [7-for-7].
Nick earned a degree in languages at Temple."

-1979 Topps No. 107

Friday, March 16, 2018

1979 Profile: Merv Krakau

Linebacker
No. 52
Iowa State
"Merv has been a consistently strong player for the Bills both as a starting linebacker and as a specialty teams player. He played in the 1972 Liberty Bowl.
One of Merv's hobbies is bowling."

1979 Topps No. 491