Sunday, July 6, 2014

1964 Profiles: Leroy Jackson and Bill Groman

No. 22
Western Illinois
"Obtained in the off-season, halfback Leroy Jackson looms as a possible running threat to compliment inside blaster Cookie Gilchrist. He's out of Western Illinois, where he played for Lou Saban. This was the reason Saban was so anxious to obtain him following his release by the Washington Redskins.
Jackson was originally drafted by the NFL Browns but was traded, along with Bobby Mitchell, to the 'Skins in the deal for the late Ernie Davis.
Big and fast, he could be a big star."

-Dave Anderson, Pro Football Handbook 1964

No. 89
"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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