"Birch won three letters for Western Illinois as a strong safety and place kicker. He established college records for most career extra points and most conversions in one game. Gary kicked a 35-yard field goal in the final seven seconds to sink rival Northern Illinois.
On the Dean's List as a physical education student at Western Illinois, Gary is interested in high school or college coaching as a future career. His hobbies include tennis and golf."
-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook