Monday, July 27, 2015

1974 Profile: John Leypoldt

Place Kicker
No. 3
"Leypoldt ranked third among AFC field goal kickers last fall. His percentage of.700 (21-for-30) was topped only by league leader Don Cockroft of Cleveland (.710) and Bobby Howfield of the Jets (.708). John was the AFC's best kicker from the midfield mark or beyond, hitting 2-of-4 from long range.
John tied the Buffalo record with a 52-yard field goal against Baltimore and is within one of Pete Gogolak's record for career field goals. He starts the 1973 season with a string of five straight field goal successes and has hit 38 straight PATs dating from November 5, 1972. Leypoldt was the Bills' top scorer two years in a row with 90 points in 1973, 77 in 1972.
Leypoldt joined the Bills as a free agent and has no college football experience. He played on a semi-pro level with Annapolis (later Virginia) Sailors in 1965-66. He was a kicker for his service football team during two years of Army duty in Germany.
John was working for Washington Gas Light Company at the time he won a Bills tryout. An avid pool player, he likes hunting and fishing. John has a St. Bernard named Duke and works during the off-season for a local automobile dealer."

-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook

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