Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1966 Profile: Jack Kemp

No. 15
"Sometimes a coach can outsmart himself. In 1962, Sid Gillman of San Diego tried to put his regular quarterback, Jack Kemp, on waivers. It wasn't that Gillman didn't want Kemp, but Jack had an injured finger at the time, and Sid thought that he could hide him on the taxi squad if all other AFL teams waived on him. But Buffalo didn't, and the Bills claimed Kemp for $100, getting an outstanding passer who has since gunned the team to two consecutive league championships.
Jack has one of the strongest arms in the game; some say he can throw the ball farther than any other quarterback (almost 90 yards). He also passes accurately (Jack had a 48.5 completion percentage last year). In the past few seasons, he has shared quarterback duties with Daryle Lamonica; but since the Bills plan to pass more in 1966, look for Jack to dominate the position."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1966

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