"The Bills added Croyle to their roster in 1974 shortly after mid-season. He was picked up as a free agent after spending some time with both Houston and Denver. Phil got into four games as a reserve at outside linebacker and as a special teams performer. Houston's 7A draft choice in 1971, Phil was a part-time starter with the Oilers in 1972 after getting a late start due to military service.
A California football captain, Croyle was a two-time All-Pacific 8 selection and an All-America choice of both wire services in 1970. He led the Bears in total minutes played and won an invitation to the East-West Shrine game. Phil was a member of the Cal rugby team.
Phil was a linguistics major and languages are his hobby. He plays the guitar, mandolin and tenor banjo."
-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook