Wednesday, July 8, 2015

1974 Profile: Robert James

No. 20
"Robert shares with O.J. Simpson the distinction of being the senior member of the Bills organization. Originally signed as a free agent out of Fisk University, he was a near-unanimous choice as an All-NFL cornerback in 1973 and was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad for the second consecutive season. Robert missed only one game last fall despite playing most of the season with a painful heel bruise. He had a pass interception in 1973 to push his career total to six.
He's one of the toughest one-on-one defenders in the National Football League and his ability to cover usually gets him the team's toughest opposing receiver. Robert won a starting role at cornerback in 1970 after playing mainly on special teams as a rookie. One of the team's inspirational leaders, he wears contact lenses on the field.
Robert was a linebacker and defensive end for Fisk and was an All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference choice. He's the first Fisk University product to gain prominence in pro ball. Fisk's most valuable gridder in 1968, Robert was also the conference champion in the 60-yard high hurdles and the 120-yard intermediate hurdles. His top collegiate hurdle times were 7.5 in the 60's and 14.5 over the 120's.
Robert earned his Bachelor's degree in physical education and is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was saluted by his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee this past spring on Robert James Day. He would like to pursue a teaching career following his playing days."

-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook

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