Sunday, June 7, 2015

1974 Profile: Jim Braxton

Running Back
No. 34
West Virginia
"Braxton missed the first eight games of the 1973 season with a back injury. He returned against Cincinnati in a reserve role then started the final five games. Jim had the best day of his professional career against Miami at Orchard Park, gaining 119 yards on 17 carries and becoming the first back to top the 100-yard rushing figure against the Dolphin defense in 45 games. He averaged 82.3 yards in each of his 1973 appearances and 90.0 yards in five starting assignments.
Jim earned his first start for Buffalo in the second game of the 1972 season and refused to be displaced. He was a backfield reserve as a rookie when a preseason ankle injury slowed his development. He's an excellent inside power runner, catches the ball well and is a devastating blocker.
A first-team All-America selection in 1970 as a fullback for Bobby Bowden's West Virginia Moutaineers, Braxton won an invitation to the East-West Shrine game. In a statewide vote, he was chosen as West Virginia's Most Outstanding Amateur Athlete. He was a discus thrower for the WVU track team.
One of nine children, Jim's college major was physical education and social studies. He worked during the off-season with the West Virginia Board of Education and the Governor's Manpower Office. His duties included speaking around the state to groups of young people, working particularly in the areas of vocational education and dropout prevention. His hobbies are cards, music and coin collecting."

-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook

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