Sunday, August 17, 2014

1965 Profiles: Pete Gogolak and Paul Maguire

PETE GOGOLAK
Place Kicker
No. 3
Cornell
"Now all the pros are searching for soccer-style place-kickers, but the Bills have the prototype in Pete Gogolak, the Hungarian refugee with the weird (for football) kicking technique. Pete approaches the ball from a 45-degree angle and boots it with his instep, the way soccer players do.
He kicked 45 out of 46 extra points as a 1964 rookie and made 18 of 29 field goal attempts. He had a 57-yarder in an exhibition game against the Jets, so he must be doing something right."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1965

"Just to show you how important a good kicker is to a club, Pete was responsible for 25% of Buffalo's scoring in 1964. The sure-toed Bill led Buffalo in total points. Pete kicked 45 extra points in 46 attempts and was 19-for-28 in field goal attempts.
Pete set an AFL record with a 57-yard field goal."

1965 Topps No. 30


PAUL MAGUIRE
Punter-Linebacker
No. 55
The Citadel
"The Bills grabbed Paul Maguire when they learned he was available from the San Diego Chargers. In his five seasons of ball in the American Football League, he has earned the reputation of being one of the game's really tough, hard-hitting linebackers.
At the Citadel, Paul was named All-State, All-Southern Conference and All-America. He caught 10 touchdown passes in 1959."

-1965 Topps No. 37

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