Wednesday, May 21, 2014

1961 Profile: Elbert Dubenion

No. 44
"The only other halfback who's as spectacular as Abner Haynes is Elbert Dubenion of the Buffalo Bills. He went to little Bluffton College and scored 53 touchdowns. He was supposed to be the 'sleeper' of the Browns in 1959, but a bad knee suffered in the College All-Star camp sidelined him for the year.
The Bills, who play him as flanker back, rate him the fastest man in the game. He scored six touchdowns on runs of 40 yards or more last season. With a year of experience, he might set the league on fire in 1961- just like Abner Haynes in 1960."

-Murray Olderman, Sports All-Stars 1961 Pro Football

"Speed and more speed. That's what pro football demands, and that's what Elbert brought to the Bills. Easily the fastest man on the squad, he is among the fastest in either league.
Running from his flanker back position, Elbert has forced the opposition to over shift to thwart his running. In his rookie year, he improved greatly as a pass receiver, adding to his offensive threat."

-1961 Fleer No. 136

"Teammates rate him the fastest man in pro football. Elbert was voted the Bills' most valuable offensive player. He is a two-way threat as a rusher and pass-receiver."

-1961 Topps No. 159

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