Saturday, June 14, 2014

1963 Bills Defensive Line Profiles

Defensive Tackle
No. 70
McNeese State
"Bills' coaches are raving about Tom Sestak, the Gonzalez (Texas) gladiator who proved that a rookie could win a starting job at defensive tackle. His desire was so intense that he was the most coachable among first-year prospects at the '62 camp. Tom came along so quickly during the season that he gained honors on the All-AFL second team.
He was a low 17th in the draft and was scarcely considered a prime prospect."

-Don Schiffer, Pro Football 1963

"Tom was one of the most impressive additions to the AFL last year and won a starting job on the East team in the postseason All-Star Game.
During the season, he deflected eight passes before they ever reached the line of scrimmage. He also grabbed one and rambled eight yards for a touchdown against Houston. Once against Boston, he put a tremendous rush on the passer, then turned and pursued the receiver and caught him 20 yards downfield."

-1963 Fleer No. 33

Defensive Tackle
2nd Round
The second-round choice out of Ole Miss was a consensus All-American last year and All-SEC in 1961 and 1962. Jim played in Coaches All-America and College All-Star Games.
Extremely fast and agile for his size, he joins with Tom Sestak to give Buffalo a potentially devastating defensive tackle tandem.

Defensive End
No. 76
Named second-team All-AFL by UPI as recently as 1961, Sid hasn't missed a game since 1958. After making his last NFL stop in Cleveland in 1959, he's found a second career terrifying opposing AFL offenses, with the Titans in 1960-61 and with the Bills since last year. He still has the zeal of a rookie to go with his size, speed and experience.
As a collegian, Sid was captain of the Crimson Tide as a senior.

Defensive End-Place Kicker
No. 82
Miami (Ohio)
"If the knee operation he had after the '62 season is successful, look for Mack Yoho to play his standard smash-'em style at defensive end this season. The ripper from Rader, West Virginia has never been given proper credit for his speed and agility, possibly because he's not too heavy (230 pounds) for his rugged position.
He was an offensive-defensive standout in Canada. Mack is popular among his teammates and even those tackles who look him squarely in the eye once the action begins."

-Don Schiffer, Pro Football 1963

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