Friday, June 19, 2015

1974 Profile: Don Croft

Defensive End
No. 72
Texas-El Paso
"Croft missed the entire 1973 season with an injury suffered in training camp and had knee surgery. He's expected to get a look at defensive end, a new position. Don was a starter for Buffalo at defensive tackle in 1972 after joining the team on waivers from Baltimore. A tough tackler with good strength and mobility, Don is excellent at applying pressure on the quarterback. He was a fifth round draft choice of the Colts in '72.
A three-year starter at defensive tackle for Texas-El Paso, Croft was All-Western Athletic Conference and an honorable mention All-America choice as a senior. He won postseason invitations to the North-South Shrine game and the Coaches All-America contest. Don received the Texas-El Paso 'Gold Helmet' award for his play against Texas at Arlington in 1971.
Don was awarded a degree in general business, has worked in a Buffalo men's shop during the off-season and would like to be in business for himself someday. He's the honorary chairman of the March of Dimes Walkathon.
Horse racing is his favorite form of entertainment, and hunting and fishing are his hobbies. Don plays the guitar."

-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook

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