Sunday, June 14, 2015

1974 Profile: Jim Cheyunski

Middle Linebacker
No. 50
"Cheyunski started 12 of 14 games at middle linebacker in 1973, missing his first two appearances with a knee injury. He finished as the Bills' second leading interceptor with three for 31 yards. He intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble to set up the first two touchdowns in the Buffalo win over Kansas City. Jim gave a consistent defensive performance throughout the fall.
A 12th round draft pick of the Patriots, Jim was acquired from New England in a trade that also brought Halvor Hagen and Mike Montler to Buffalo. He had fractured his wrist midway through the 1972 season after winning a nod as AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Cheyunski was an honorable mention AP All-American as a linebacker at Syracuse and won three varsity letters under Coach Ben Schwartzwalder. He called the defensive signals and led the Orangemen in total tackles for two seasons.
Jim's college major was English with a minor in physical education. He looks forward to a career in management. Music and gunning are his favorite pastimes."

-1974 Buffalo Bills Yearbook

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