Sunday, July 6, 2014

1964 Profiles: Stew Barber and Dave Behrman

STEW BARBER
Offensive Tackle
No. 77
Penn State
"Now in his third AFL season, offensive tackle Stew Barber is recognized as one of the premier players at his position in pro football. He was selected All-AFL by both wire-service polls last season, a remarkable honor for a second-year man.
Big and fast, he provides excellent pass blocking protection for Bill quarterbacks. He's also a terror at clearing the way for Cookie Gilchrist and the other Bill runners.
Out of Penn State, he looms as a star for years and years to come."

-Dave Anderson, Pro Football Handbook 1964

"The most improved lineman of  1963 was the 248-pound captain, Stew Barber, who worked himself into an All-AFL berth with an exceptional performance at offensive tackle. Considered a better blocker on passes than runs, he was a linebacker in '61, moving to offense in '62.
Born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, he was a No. 4 draft pick as a 228-pound linebacker. During this fall's pre-season training drills he'll be asked to shoulder more pull-out blocking assignments in order to give the club more running speed to the outside.
An opposing tackle who spent a long afternoon tying to get by Stew said: 'I've never been knocked out of the play by so many different types of blocks. That man must have a warehouse full of 'em.'"

-Don Schiffer, Pro Football 1964

"Stew was drafted 4th in the American Football League draft, back in 1961. Though barely 24 years old, he is starting his fourth season with the Buffalo Bills. Multi-talented, Stew shifted to offensive tackle in 1962 and became an important cog in the Bills' offensive line that year.
Experts predict that Stew will have a long and successful career in the American Football League."

-1964 Topps No. 23


DAVE BEHRMAN
Offensive Tackle
No. 51
Michigan State
"Dave joined the Bills last season after rolling up a fantastic record as an All-American for Michigan State. The youngster was Buffalo's number one draft pick and he made all their fans happy when he signed with the Bills.
At Michigan State, Dave starred as a center and a tackle. In fact, the college star was the biggest lineman ever to play for the Michigan State Spartans."

-1964 Topps No. 24

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