Friday, October 31, 2014

1970 Profile: Joe O'Donnell

Guard
No. 70
Michigan
"After missing nearly all of the previous season with a knee injury, he came back as game and strong as ever last year. If the Bills' running game improves at all, you will hear O'Donnell's name being mentioned prominently, since he will be the one leading those sweeps for O.J. He enjoys being the pulling guard, and is known as a ferocious blocker.
Joe's one of the smart ones. He had a scholastic scholarship at the University of Michigan, where he captained the team."

-Brenda and Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1970

Thursday, October 30, 2014

1970 Profile: James Harris

Quarterback
No. 12
Grambling
"He was the starting quarterback as a rookie last year until he was knocked out by a stomach ailment and knee surgery. He was limited to four games and completed 15 of 36 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown.
Harris, a special pupil of Eddie Robinson at Grambling, is trying to become the regular black quarterback in big-time pro football. He has the size, at 6-3 and 210 pounds, and a strong arm. He could be the one to inject an aerial scoring threat (the Bills' 230 points were the lowest total in the league) and open up the Bill offense for runners like Simpson."

-Brenda and Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1970

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

1970 Profile: Paul Costa

Offensive Tackle
No. 79
Notre Dame
"Although a little on the small side for a pro tackle, Costa has the quickness and strength to make his 255 pounds effective. A six-year veteran from Notre Dame, where he played offensive and defensive end as well as tackle and halfback, Costa moved to right tackle last year after four years as a tight end. An ankle injury in 1968 helped him make the decision to move.
At 28, Costa is the second youngest returning regular in the Bills' front line and the year's experience at tackle should make him all the tougher."

-Brenda and Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1970

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1970 Profile: Marlin Briscoe

Wide Receiver
No. 86
Omaha
"Complementing Haven Moses, usually on the right side, Briscoe made a name for himself as a receiver after breaking into the starting lineup in mid-season after Bubba Thornton was injured. He finished with 32 catches for 532 yards- that's a 16.6-yard average- and scored five touchdowns.
Briscoe started as a quarterback with the Denver Broncos when he first came up from the University of Omaha. But his small size (5-10, 177 pounds) worked against him and he was tried at defensive back before being moved to wide receiver for the Bills. Now in his third year, Briscoe will finally know where he stands- or at least where he is supposed to line up- and there's little doubt that he will continue to catch on."

-Brenda and Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1970

Monday, October 27, 2014

1970 Profile: Haven Moses

Split End
No. 25
San Diego State
"He again led the Bills in receiving, just as he did as a rookie in 1968 when he was the number one draft choice. Last season he had 39 catches for 752 yards - an average of 19.3 per reception - and five touchdowns.
Since coming from San Diego State, Moses has continued to develop and put on weight without impairing his speed, quickness, good hands or body control. At 6-3 and 205 pounds, he can now absorb those bumps and pushes from the linebackers before flying downfield.
Considering the Bills' quarterbacking problems over the last two years, Moses' ranking in the top 15 receivers each year takes on greater significance."

-Brenda and Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1970

Sunday, October 26, 2014

1970 Profile: O.J. Simpson

Running Back
No. 32
USC
"All he wants to do is work more. After a creditable but not outstanding rookie season, Simpson said, 'I want to run more ... and I want to run the ball my way this year.' Despite sounding like he wants to be the coach, all Simpson means is that he would like to get the ball and run with it wherever there is room, rather than follow the more patterned instructions Coach Rauch has devised.
In addition to his rushing and pass catching duties, though, Simpson showed he could perform like the O.J. of old on the kick return team, running back 21 for a total of 529 yards. And despite his initial reluctance to play in Buffalo, O.J. is now happy to play with the Bills and anxious to instill some of his winning spirit. He's not out for personal glory. As he puts it, 'If the Bills lose, I lose. We lost together.'"

-Brenda and Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1970

Saturday, October 25, 2014

1970 Profile: John Rauch

"John Rauch wanted to show what he could do, so he left Oakland and came to Buffalo. The Bills did improve- to a 4-10 record from 1-12-1- but Rauch, of course, feels it could have been much better.
'The difference between winning and losing a few more games was in the mental errors more than in physical shortcomings,' he says. 'When you make the mental mistake, you're beating yourself. And that's what we did too frequently.' His biggest problem is finding a regular, steady quarterback- and if there is one Rauch knows something about, it's quarterbacking. When he was 19 and a freshman at the University of Georgia, he became the first-string varsity quarterback. He led the Bulldogs into the Oil, Sugar, Gator and Orange Bowls in his four years. He was also mentioned on several All-American teams in 1949, his senior year.
Rauch had always wanted to be a coach, so he spent only two years as a pro quarterback before returning to college to coach football at the University of Florida in 1951. He remained in the college ranks until 1963 when he joined Oakland as an assistant coach. He moved up to the head coach's position in 1966 and his success with the Raiders is history. One of the things he developed at Oakland was a quarterback named Daryle Lamonica, who, by the way, was obtained from the Buffalo Bills.
After finding, or settling on, a quarterback, Rauch has to impose his system successfully on the Bills. They have had a year to work with it and have found it demanding, but Rauch says, 'I know it's the kind of system with which a team can win. And we expect to do more winning in 1970.'"

-Brenda and Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1970

Friday, October 24, 2014

1970 Buffalo Bills Outlook

"If the quarterback problem is solved ... if O.J. Simpson gets to carry the ball more often ... if rookies come through on defense ... and if the Bills can finally adjust to the Rauch system of football after a one-year trial ... then maybe Buffalo can make some headway against New York, Baltimore, Miami and Boston in the Eastern Division of the AFC.
Johnny Rauch moved to Buffalo last year after spectacular success at Oakland. He installed a system he described as 'more demanding and more flexible than the previous one.' And though the Bills improved their record from 1-12-1 to 4-10, it was neither spectacular nor successful. And if the Bills are neither spectacular nor successful this year by the time those cold and snowy winds start coming off Lake Erie, a lot of football fans might move indoors to watch the new pro basketball and hockey teams.
What the Bills need most is a quarterback. Jack Kemp, who threw 22 interceptions and ranked only tenth in passing in the old AFL in 1969, has retired and forsaken football for politics. Fighting it out for the starting berth are the men Kemp beat out last year: Jimmy Harris, who was sidelined as a rookie last season with a stomach ailment and a knee injury, and Dan Darragh, who missed part of the season because of military service and then injured his shoulder against the Jets. Another veteran with a shot at quarterback is Tom Sherman, a third-year man from Penn State who was obtained from Boston. He only played in the closing minutes of the final game for the Bills, but he did throw a touchdown pass, one of 17 last year as the anemic Bill offense could score only 230 points in the 14 league games.
The answer may ultimately be Dennis Shaw, the number two draft choice out of San Diego State. Built like a pro quarterback at 6-3 and 210 pounds, Shaw threw 39 scoring passes last season in leading the Aztecs to their second straight undefeated season.
If the quarterback problem is solved, better use can be made of O.J. Simpson, the league's sixth-leading ground gainer with 697 yards on 181 carries for a 3.9-yard average. Simpson also accounted for 343 yards on pass receptions in what would have been a fine rookie season for anyone but a former Heisman Trophy winner. By the end of the season, though, Simpson was complaining about not getting the ball often enough and not being able to 'free-lance' on offense. He carried the ball an average of 13 times a game, compared with the 30-plus times he usually carried it in college.
Another rookie who had a disappointing season was fullback Bill 'Earthquake' Enyart. The 236-pounder from Oregon State was beaten much of the year by veteran Wayne Patrick.
If Simpson and the other Bill backs want the ball more, it is up to the defense to see that the other teams don't have it so much. Rauch took dead aim on the leaky defense, which allowed an average of 26 points a game in 1969. Previously a strong point in the Bills' glory days of the mid-60s, the defense was a sore spot last season. Several key players were injured for all or part of the season and Rauch used the college draft in an attempt to bolster the defense. The number one choice was big (6-5, 245 pounds) Al Cowlings, a defensive end from Southern California. Defenders Glenn Alexander, Jerome Gantt and Steve Starnes were the fourth, fifth and sixth choices. But there are better-than-average veterans up front in perennial All-Star Ron McDole and Bob Tatarek. Butch Byrd in the secondary and solid linebackers like Paul Guidry and Mike Stratton, another All-Star regular, provide a good nucleus.
There was only one statistical category in which the Bills had two representatives among the league leaders: kickoff returns. This was further testimony that the Buffalo defense gave up an awful lot of points. Simpson and speedy Bubba Thornton each averaged about 25 yards a return, good enough for the fifth and sixth rankings, respectively.
The offensive line is experienced, with Al Bemiller, Billy Shaw, Joe O'Donnell and Paul Costa all around 30 years old. Mike Richey was a rookie who won a starting job. But the pass protection was leaky, perhaps because the linemen had to adjust their blocking to so many different types of quarterbacks. At any rate, the Bills obtained center Fred Marchlewski from the New Orleans Saints and drafted 6-2, 250-pound guard Jim Reilly from Notre Dame.
If a regular quarterback can be installed, the Bills have the receivers for a potentially fine passing attack. In addition to Simpson and Patrick coming out of the backfield (each caught more than 30 passes last year), there are the fleet Haven Moses and Marlin Briscoe as wide receivers. Moses average 19.3 yards a reception on his 39 catches while Briscoe, a converted quarterback, caught 32 passes for 532 yards; each scored five touchdowns. Former Arkansas star Bobby Crockett and Texas Christian flash Bubba Thornton both were injured much of the season, but showed brilliance at times.
The punting is safe with Paul Maguire, who averaged 44.5 yards a kick, only a tenth of a yard off the league lead. Bruce Alford was the sixth most accurate kicker in the league and scored 74 points."

-Brenda and Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1970

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

1969 Profile: Tom Sestak

Defensive Tackle
No. 70
McNeese State
"Gimpy knees have robbed Tom Sestak of his All-Pro ranking, once an annual thing. But Tom managed to skip his yearly appointment with the surgeon after the 1967 campaign, and had his best season in three years. Once again, opposing quarterbacks tried to steer running plays away from him, as Tom regained much of his old mobility.
An All-AFL performer five times before his injury siege, Tom is now in his eighth pro season. He was drafted in the seventeenth round by the Bills in 1962, after playing college ball at Baylor and McNeese State."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Monday, October 20, 2014

1969 Profile: George Saimes

Free Safety
No. 26
Michigan State
"Undersized but never overlooked, George Saimes has been a perennial All-Pro safetyman almost since coming into the league back in 1963. Standing only 5-10 and weighing 188 pounds, he doesn't present a classic figure, but George is the complete football player.
Roaming his free safety position, he is one of the surest tacklers in the business. He executes the safety blitz just the way it was diagrammed, and steals passes as deftly as a jewel thief. In his six seasons with the Bills, he has collected 19 interceptions.
He played his college football at Michigan State, where he was a running back."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Saturday, October 18, 2014

1969 Profile: Ron McDole

Defensive End
No. 72
Nebraska
"Even on the coldest day of the year in Buffalo, local football fans can get heated up over Ron McDole being snubbed for the AFL All-Star team last season. According to the locals, he was the Bills' most consistent defensive player in '68, and turned in outstanding games virtually every week.
A bruising 6-2 1/2, 278-pounder who storms enemy quarterbacks with surprising swiftness, Ron took over at end in 1964 after failing in trials with the Cardinals, Oilers and Vikings. But he didn't begin to come into his own until the past couple of seasons. For years he suffered from migraine headaches. Now, you might say, he's become one to opposing clubs."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Friday, October 17, 2014

1969 Profile: Billy Shaw

Guard
No. 66
Georgia Tech
"One AFL coach said of Billy Shaw, 'Even half-healthy, he's better than most.' It was high praise for the 6-2, 258-pound guard who has missed a lot of action over the past two seasons due to injury.
But when he's in there, he gives enemy tackles an all-out battle on every play. There probably isn't a better pulling guard in the league,and yet Billy, who drives himself to excel in every department, also provides solid protection for the passer.
He became a Bill in 1961 after being chosen in the second round of the draft. He played his college football at Georgia Tech."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Thursday, October 16, 2014

1969 Profile: Max Anderson

Halfback-Kick Returner
No. 22
Arizona State
"The Bills drafted little Max Anderson mainly as a specialist to run back kicks and punts, and maybe to play some halfback now and then. Before the season was very old, however, he was in there at one of the regular running back spots, and racing off with the club leadership in rushing last year.
The 5-8, 183-pound sprite gained 525 yards on 147 carries for a 3.6 average and two touchdowns. This didn't come as much of a surprise to anyone back at Arizona State, where Max was the nation's third leading ground gainer in 1967 with 1,183 yards and 12 touchdowns.
His size was against him when he came into the pros, but Max runs with controlled speed, and like another little fellow named Mike Garrett, uses his blockers extremely well."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1969 Profile: Mike Stratton

Linebacker
No. 58
Tennessee
"Maybe he didn't play up to his All-AFL ranking last season, but Mike Stratton wasn't that far off his game, either. Still regarded as one of the most deadly blitzers in the league, he is rarely caught out of position. And there are few outside linebackers who can make their drops as quickly as Mike can. He's the leader among Bill linebackers in lifetime interceptions with 17.
Mike joined the Bills as a tight end in 1962 after coming out of Tennessee, but never got to play the position once the coaches saw what he could do on defense when he was 25 pounds heavier than his college weight."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1969 Profile: Haven Moses

Flanker
No. 25
San Diego State
"People knew that someday the Bills would face the start of a new season without Elbert Dubenion at flanker. This will be the year, and the man who will start in his place is Haven Moses, who made an impressive splash as a rookie last season. A 6-2 1/2", 200-pounder drafted first by the Bills, Haven caught 42 passes for 633 yards and a pair of touchdowns in '68; one of his scores came on a 55-yarder.
He brings to the game a lot of the same attributes of his predecessor - speed, fine hands, toughness in a crowd, and ability to run in a broken field.
At San Diego State he gained 2,169 yards on passes and scored 17 touchdowns in two years."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Monday, October 13, 2014

1969 Profile: Butch Byrd

Cornerback
No. 42
Boston University
"As a rookie back in 1964, Butch Byrd intercepted his first pass and took it back 72 yards for a touchdown. It gave him an understandably great feeling, and since then, neither the feeling nor the touch have left him. For in his five years with the Bills, he has become the club's all-time leader in interceptions with a career total of 29.
Butch is more than just a pass defender; he's an all-around player who's highly regarded for the way he comes to meet the run, and for the sting he put into his tackles. Though he's not as fast as some of the other top cornerbacks around, Butch reads defenses so well that some people think he's been guessing.
Twice named All-Pro, he played his college football at Boston University."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Sunday, October 12, 2014

1969 Profile: Al Bemiller

Center
No. 50
Syracuse
"It has probably escaped the notice of most people, but Al Bemiller has started every Bills' game since 1961. That adds up to 112 regular season games.
Of course, anyone following Al's career knows he couldn't always be found in the same place. A versatile type, he has played both tackle positions, as well as center, during his eight years in the pros. At 6-3 and 246 pounds, he's big enough to play anywhere on the offensive side.
An All-East star with Syracuse University, Al is also superstitious - whether he's playing center or tackle, he always has a towel tucked in the back of his football pants."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Saturday, October 11, 2014

1969 Profile: Jack Kemp

Quarterback
No. 15
Occidental
"The Buffalo quarterback this year will be Dan Darragh - that is, if neither Jack Kemp nor Tom Flores can make it back from injury-plagued seasons in 1968.
Don't bet against Kemp. Jack suffered torn knee ligaments in an unfortunate (some say needless) intrasquad scrimmage last year before the start of the season and was out the rest of the way. But his recuperation was quick; by Thanksgiving, he was skiing in California. While he feels his knee is entirely healed, Jack thinks the year off gave his tired arm a needed rest.
He's been flinging passes for 13 years now. That's long enough for him to have quarterbacked teams in five AFL Championship games (two with the Chargers, three with the Bills). In 1965, he was the league's MVP."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Friday, October 10, 2014

1969 Profile: John Rauch

Head Coach
"The opportunity to be his own man at last was the reason John Rauch gave for leaving the Oakland Raiders at the conclusion of last season to take over the coaching job in Buffalo. There were skeptics who sneered - there always are - but why else would a man want to leave Oakland, with its championship-caliber football club for Buffalo, with its fallen team and its miserable winters?
During his three years as head coach of the Raiders, Rauch compiled the best won-lost record in professional football. But Rauch always had the sensation former coach Al Davis was looking over his shoulder. It was Davis, after all, who had molded the Raiders into what they were, and then had voluntarily stepped down to fight the AFL's then existing war against the NFL. That chore accomplished, Davis then came back to the job of managing general partner, which some people construed as overseer to Rauch. Both men denied it, and indeed, Rauch insists that he made his own decisions, and that these were sometimes in conflict with Davis' theories. So the parting was completed just after the Raiders lost the AFL championship to the Jets.
The Bills became John's second pro team following a lengthy career that began at the University of Georgia, where he was an All-America quarterback. He played pro football for the old New York Yankees, then took a series of college coaching jobs. He joined Oakland at the time Davis was beginning to form the Raiders, and he remained a top assistant until Davis handed him the number one job three years ago.
But John knows you don't get handed jobs for nothing. You produce or else. Those terms will suit him fine in Buffalo."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Thursday, October 9, 2014

1969 Buffalo Bills Outlook

"In assessing the football picture in Buffalo, there are three questions which must be considered: Will be city build the much-needed domed stadium and save the Bills from a move to the West? Was the Bills' 1-12-1 record last year the worst disaster in the city's history? Will O.J. Simpson show up and save the day for everybody?
Actually, Simpson alone would probably bring happy solutions to the first two problems and leave any questions about himself to be answered during the course of the new season. But Simpson in a Buffalo uniform does not spell instant title. Even at Southern Cal, it was shown that he needed the men blocking in front of him as much as they needed him. And he's in a rougher league now than anything he ever experienced in the Pacific Eight Conference.
More even than blocking, Simpson, and for that matter the Bills, will need the quarterbacking they didn't have last season, when all a man had to do to get on the disabled list was to go in for a few plays at quarterback. Jack Kemp and Tom Flores, most notably, were the hardest hit; Kemp missed the entire season with what is euphemistically referred to as a training camp knee injury, while Flores got into part of one game and then underwent shoulder surgery. Both are healthy again, and Kemp is expected to resume command of the attack, with Flores as his deputy. If another calamity strikes this department this season, look for people like Kay Stephenson, Dan Darragh and Benny Russell to come in again.
Assuming there is an O.J. Simpson, he will line up in the first backfield and attempt to show why he is worth so much money. It would be hard to conceive of him not busting loose for a few long gainers and climbing quickly into the super status Joe Namath achieved in his rookie year. The identity of his running mate will determined in the training camp battle among heavy-legged Bob Cappadonna, who had the job at the end of last season, Ben Gregory, who might have held on to it if not felled by an injury, and Bill Enyart, the big All-America fullback from Oregon State. The Bills probably have nothing to lose and everything to gain in letting Enyart win the job; he's big and quick, and probably tailor-made to run interference for Simpson. Little Max Anderson, who was the starter at halfback last season, will now be released for full time duty with the special teams (lucky fellow). Write in Gary McDermott as another backup runner.
There's the possibility of an improved passing game this year, following the fine rookie performance of flanker Haven Moses in 1968. The kid finished eleventh in the league in receiving with 42 catches for 633 yards, and looks like a real comer. Richard Trapp, who played well after Elbert Dubenion retired early last season, is a strong candidate for split end, but he'll have to fight for it with Bobby Crockett, who has his speed back after missing a year through injury. Paul Costa at tight end is sound again after ankle surgery. The spares are Monte Ledbetter and Ed Rutkowski at flanker, and Billy Masters at tight end.
For the second year in a row, the Bills' offensive line is coming back nursing wounds from the previous season. If all hands stay healthy, they should do an adequate job of blocking. The frontliners are Stew Barber and Dick Cunningham at tackle, Billy Shaw and Joe O'Donnell at guard, and Al Bemiller at center. If Howard Kindig can successfully make the switch from defense to center, it will free Bemiller for duty at either guard or tackle. Other reserves are tackle Wayne DeSutter and Dick Hudson, and guards George Flint, Bob Kalsu and Bob Kirk, the latter a sleeper from Indiana.
An echo of Buffalo's glory years can still be perceived on the defensive line, which now has Tom Day back after a brief sojourn in San Diego. Day holds down right end, while Ron McDole is the left end, with Tom Sestak and Jim Dunaway at the tackles. There's good depth behind them, with Julian Numamaker, Bill Wilkerson and Bob Tatarek among the vets, and rookies Ben Mayes, Waddey Harvey and Leon Lovelace.
The linebackers will be operating near top efficiency with Mike Stratton, Harry Jacobs and Paul Guidry returning as regulars, though Jacobs is being sorely pressed now by Marty Schottenheimer. Guidry had a fine break-in year as a replacement for the retired Tom Tracey. Paul Maguire and Ed Chandler are the holdovers from last year, and Wayne Lineberry is the lone draftee.
Perhaps the least of Buffalo's worries will come from the defensive backfield; there is a hustling crew back there, consisting of Booker Edgerson and Butch Byrd at the corners, and Tom Janik and George Saimes at the safeties. The best of the reserves are Hagood Clarke, Jerome Lawson and John Pitts, who filled in for the injured Janik last year. The outstanding rookies are Bubba Thornton and Steve Auerbach."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Monday, October 6, 2014

1968 Profile: Tom Janik

Strong Safety
No. 27
Texas A&I
"At 6-3 and 185 pounds, Tom Janik is ideally suited to play strongside safety. You have to be big enough to hold your own with those burly tight ends, and you have to be able to run away from them after you've swiped a pass.
That about describes the kind of season Tom had in 1967. He tied two others in the league for most interceptions with ten, and he returned them a total of 222 yards, two of them for scores. The two touchdowns matched his 1966 performance.
Tom, who has shown that he can play all four defensive backfield positions, originally was drafted by Denver in 1963 in the third round. The Bills acquired him during the 1964 season. He played his college football at Texas A&I, where he also was a fine punter."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1968

Saturday, October 4, 2014

1968 Profile: Wray Carlton

Fullback
No. 30
Duke
"There are few heavy-duty fullbacks around who live up to that description better than Wray Carlton does. The big-shouldered 6-1, 230-pounder from Duke plugs for the short yardage up the middle, he blocks for the passer, and he can catch passes. The only thing he really lacks is speed to the outside, but he makes up for this deficit with his hustle and hard work.
Last season, despite injuries which hobbled him in several games, he wound up in tenth place among the league's rushers with 467 yards on 107 carries for a 4.4 average and three touchdowns. That's been about the big fellow's pace in his seven years with the Bills, though he enjoyed his best season in '66, when he finished fifth in rushing with 696 yards, a 4.4 average and six touchdowns."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1968

Friday, October 3, 2014

1968 Profile: George Saimes

Free Safety
No. 26
Michigan State
"It used to be that George Saimes was conspicuous on a football field because of his size. Now he's conspicuous because of what he does on the field. At 5-10 and 185 pounds, he has the stature to be the league's most resourceful free safetyman. One AFL scout unequivocally calls him the best open-field tackler in the game. Others admire the way he executes the safety blitz. And enemy receivers are still seeking ways to elude him. He's swift, shrewd and sure as a pass defender.
For the past three years, he's been selected All-AFL. He's now in his sixth pro year, and has grabbed 16 interceptions, though he's still looking for his first touchdown return.
George was a unanimous All-America fullback at Michigan State in 1962, and came to the Bills after they obtained draft rights to him from Kansas City."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1968

Thursday, October 2, 2014

1968 Profile: Art Powell

Split End
No. 84
San Jose State
"A man who has played in three professional leagues, Art Powell has become a legend in his own time. He currently leads AFL receivers in lifetime touchdown catches with 81 and in yards gained with 8,105; and he is second only to Lionel Taylor in receptions with 478.
Earlier in his career, Art signed to play with Toronto in the Canadian Football League after coming out of San Jose State in 1956. He then spent a year with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles before joining the new AFL New York Titans in 1960. His odyssey since then has taken him to Oakland, where he set a raft of team records, and finally to Buffalo last season.
Art got off to his usual good start in '67, but he got a knee banged up and had to undergo surgery after the sixth game. Up to then, had caught 20 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns.
At 31, he's still the most dangerous deep receiver inside the 30-yard line."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1968