Saturday, June 14, 2014

1963 Bills Offensive Line Profiles

No. 50
In his second season as a pro, Al once again started every game. He anchors the Buffalo offensive line with great strength and quick reflexes. And folks in western New York appreciate linemen who keep their quarterbacks able to pass.

No. 66
Georgia Tech
"His coaches claim that there's not a defensive tackle in the league who can stem the tremendous blocking drive of Bill Shaw, a guard who can spring forward with the snap of a sprinter. He's among the most versatile in the AFL and is strong enough to make it as a defensive end, a position he may be forced to take over this year.
Born in Natchez, Mississippi, Shaw earned an All-American reputation at Georgia Tech as a defensive performer."

-Don Schiffer, Pro Football 1963

"Billy has all the requisites for a star pro lineman, and in two years with the Bills, that's just what he has become.
He had the problem of making the transition from tackle, where he had gained All-American attention at Georgia Tech, to guard, where his speed is essential in pulling out to lead the plays. He could be just as effective as a defensive operator at end, but blockers of his size and aggressive nature are just too hard to find."

-1963 Fleer No. 28

No. 64
North Carolina A & T
Tom played every game as he took over at guard last year and displayed great strength and quickness. In his fourth year as a pro, he has gained the experience necessary to lead a running play or block for a pass. Tom is also quite popular with his teammates.

Offensive Tackle
No. 74
"Harold Olson has improved in just about every game he's played at offensive tackle. He didn't take his job seriously as a rookie in '60, not knowing whether he was interested in a pro career. He has now advanced to the stage where he's among the top five at his position. He increased his blocking ability by taking off weight and by gaining an additional step in making his initial charge.
Harold was born in Asheville, North Carolina."

-Don Schiffer, Pro Football 1963

Offensive Tackle
No. 75
"As a 1961 rookie, Ken was named to the All-AFL team. The Bills were talking about him with all-time haloes when a broken leg put him out of commission for the entire 1962 season.
This big, mobile operator was a two-time All-American in college, fast enough to have played fullback on his high school team and tough enough to make the Bills want to play him on defense. In college, he used to outrun most of the backs- on either team."

-1963 Fleer No. 29

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