"He traced O.J.'s footsteps almost to a toenail. Cowlings grew up in San Francisco, attended San Francisco City College, became an All-America at Southern Cal and was a No. 1 draft choice of the Bills- the same path O.J. traveled.
Because of his excellent size, speed and pursuit, Big Al earned a starting job as a rookie and last year gave evidence of being a fledgling star. The Bills' publicity mill says he 'may make a strong bid for All-Pro recognition in 1972.' Cowlings was the team's best pass rusher last year.
He's mod, and a music lover."
-Jim Benagh, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1972 Edition