Wednesday, December 3, 2014

1972 Profile: Alvin Wyatt

Cornerback-Kick Returner
No. 41
"A first-year surprise at cornerback, Wyatt came to Buffalo in a trade with Oakland. He'd been a fine kick returner on the West Coast, having led the Raiders his rookie year (1970), yet was just a special teamer in the Raiders' long list of talent. But in Buffalo he found a starting job, displacing longtime hero Butch Byrd on the right side of the defense.
Alvin intercepted one pass and ran it back 30 yards. He also gave the Bills some real breakaway speed on kick returns, and ran back his 30 kickoffs for an average of 25.4 yards. He also averaged a very respectable 8.2 yards for his 23 punt returns and raced 61 yards for a touchdown with one of them.
Wyatt had an 86-yard punt return in college where he was all-conference three years in a row. He played baseball and ran track in college, too. He keeps active with baseball and basketball in the off-seasons."

-Jim Benagh, The Complete Handbook of Football, 1972 Edition

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