Saturday, June 14, 2014

1963 Profile: Jack Kemp

No. 15
"Out for eight '62 games, Jackie Kemp finished brilliantly as a first-time Bill, clicking on 54 percent of his passes. His strength as a signal-caller is in his ability to 'check off' defenses, which means he's rapid at changing the play while calling the signals.
Kemp came from the Chargers after injuring a finger on his throwing hand. He was the AFL passing boss in '60 and No. 3 in '61, tossing the fastest ball in the circuit. Now 28, he had NFL trials with the Giants, Steelers and 49ers."

-Don Schiffer, Pro Football 1963

"The missing link on the talent-laden Buffalo Bills has been a quarterback, and they made connections with one stroke of luck last fall. The San Diego Chargers failed to protect Jack, sidelined with a jammed finger, on a waiver list and he was claimed by the Bills for $100. The investment could be one of the biggest bargains in football annals.
The previous two years, Jack was at the controls when the Chargers paraded victoriously through the AFL West."

-1963 Fleer No. 24

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