Sunday, July 6, 2014

1964 Profiles: Bill Miller and Bill Groman

BILL MILLER
Split End
No. 81
Miami
"Holder of the Bills record for most pass receptions in a season, Bill Miller hopes to set a new mark in his second season. Until injured late last year, he was leading the league in pass catching but still finished a club record of 69, fourth in the AFL, for 860 yards and three touchdowns.
Out of the University of Miami (Fla.), Miller was an All-America selection as George Mira's favorite pass receiver. With good speed and good moves, he appears to have all the requirements necessary for stardom."

-Dave Anderson, Pro Football Handbook 1964

"An ankle injury in 1963 might have kept Bill Miller from leading the AFL in pass receiving. He was first in the reception tables when forced from the lineup but still managed to finish fourth in the loop with 69 catches, good for 860 yards.
Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, he spent 1962 with the Dallas Texans as a flanker and didn't sparkle until moved to split end by Buffalo. An All-AFL linebacker says Miller's moves are 'out of this world for a guy with such limited experience. He fakes with all parts of his body and uses his speed so well by never showing just how quick he can really move."

-Don Schiffer, Pro Football 1964

"Bill's a great man at catching a long pass. The exceptionally talented receiver was purchased from the Kansas City Chiefs just before the 1963 season began. Bill fitted right into the Bills' plans as he went on to catch 69 passes, tops for Buffalo receivers.
With Miami University, Bill was twice named an All-American. He played in the Copper Bowl and the Senior Bowl."

-1964 Topps No. 32

"Bill led Buffalo's ends with 69 catches. He picked up 860 yards for the Bills and was fourth in the American Football league in pass receiving."

-1964 Topps No. 43


BILL GROMAN
Flanker
No. 89
Heidelberg
"Making a comeback with the Broncos, flankerback Bill Groman is searching for the form that made him one of the AFL's most dangerous pass catchers with the Oilers during their 1960-61 championship seasons. He was slowed by a knee injury in 1962.
As a rookie out of small Heidelberg College, he grabbed 72 passes for 1,472 yards in 1960. The next season he caught 50 for 1,175 yards and an AFL record of 17 touchdown passes while compiling a remarkable 23.5 average gain. A dash man in college, he hopes to regain his speed."

-Dave Anderson, Pro Football Handbook 1964

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