Sunday, August 24, 2014

1966 Profiles: George Saimes and Hagood Clarke

No. 26
Michigan State
"At Michigan State, coach Duffy Dougherty called George Saimes 'the complete football player' - and played him at offensive back, where he became an All-America. When he joined the Bills, George got a shot at carrying the ball, too, and he did fairly well, averaging 3.4 yards per carry in the two games he played. Then he was shifted to weak-side safety on defense. Result: another All-AFLer for the Bills.
George is not big. At 5-10 he sometimes has trouble covering those tall ends, but in the long run, they have even more trouble with him."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1966

No. 45
Hagood has formed an impressive safety tandem with George Saimes during the Bills' two championship seasons. Playing every game in 1965, his seven interceptions were seventh in the AFL. As a rookie in 1964, Hagood returned 33 punts, most in the AFL, for 317 yards, second in the league and a 9.6 average, third in the league, including his long of 53 yards (fourth).
At Florida, Hagood earned a B.S. in business administration.

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