Friday, October 30, 2015

1975 Profile: Bo Cornell

No. 30
"Cornell earned his first start as an outside linebacker at Miami, holding on to a regular defensive position until the end of the season. The switch to a four linebacker alignment gave him a starting opportunity. Bo was elected by his teammates as the permanent captain of the 1974 special teams.
He moved from running back to linebacker midway through the 1973 campaign. A second round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1971, the Bills gave up a draft choice to acquire Bo in May of '73. He had four carries for 13 yards [that year] but has made an excellent transition from offense to defense.
Cornell was a fullback at the University of Washington and a college teammate of Bills center Bruce Jarvis. He was chosen second team All-Coast and All-Pacific 8 Conference and was an honorable mention All-America. His postseason appearances included the East-West Shrine game and the Coaches All-America Game.
An economics major at Washington, skiing is one of Bo's hobbies."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

1975 Profile: Jim Cheyunski

Middle Linebacker
No. 50
"Buffalo's regular middle linebacker for two seasons, Jim had a pass interception last fall (against Houston) and received credit for a fumble recovery (against Miami). He calls the Bills' defensive signals.
Jim missed the start of 1973 with a knee injury but finished as the team's second leading interceptor with three for 31 yards. He picked off a pass and recovered a fumble to set up the first two touchdowns in Buffalo's 1973 win over Kansas City. Acquired from New England in the trade that also brought Halvor Hagen and Mike Montler to Buffalo on April 19 of that year, Cheyunski was a 12th round pick of the Patriots. He fractured his wrist in the 1972 preseason, yet won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors while playing with the Pats against Atlanta in '72, making 11 solo tackles and assisting on seven others [while] wearing a wrist cast. He was an all-star rookie choice at middle linebacker.
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."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Monday, October 26, 2015

1975 Profile: Bob Chandler

Wide Receiver
No. 81
"Chandler was slowed by injuries last year. He caught only seven passes, well off his pace of the two previous seasons. He underwent off-season surgery to correct the injury problem. Chandler had five receptions against Houston and two, including one for a touchdown, at Miami.
He was Buffalo's leading receiver in 1973 with 30 catches for 427 yards and three touchdowns, two against the New England Patriots in Buffalo. His best afternoon of 1973 was in Baltimore where he made five receptions for 97 yards including a 37-yard scoring catch that tied the game.
Bob is a determined blocker and is adept at finding the open space and catching in a crowd. He has also been used as a punt returner and is the holder on conversions and field goal tries.
Captain and an All-Pacific Eight flanker for the USC Trojans, Bob was Player of the Game in Southern California's 1970 Rose Bowl victory over Michigan. He led USC in pass receptions in each of his three varsity seasons and played in the East-West Shrine game. Bob caught eight passes for 115 yards and one touchdown in his first game as a USC starter. A member of the USC track team, his events were the long jump, high jump and triple jump.
He's active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A finance major at USC with a minor in physical education, Bob has worked as a helper in the California oil fields and as an extra in motion pictures. Novels, movies and golf are among his favorite spare time pursuits."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Saturday, October 24, 2015

1975 Profile: Don Calhoun

Running Back-Kick Returner
No. 29
Kansas State
"Calhoun started at fullback against the Jets on the road and was the game's leading rusher with 71 yards on 18 carries. He ranked fifth in the final ground-gaining statistics with 88 yards on 21 tries, caught two passes and returned six kickoffs. One of only two Buffalo rookies to appear in every 1974 game, Don's longest run of last season was 15 yards (against the Jets) and his longest kickoff return was 25 yards (against the Jets in Buffalo). Don has excellent quickness.
He gained 1,300 yards in his varsity career at Kansas State, leading the Wildcats in rushing as a junior. His 1972 rushing total of 608 yards was the fourth best in the school's history. Don's best day in college was 132 yards on 16 tries against Brigham Young in 1972. A halfback as a sophomore, he played fullback his final two seasons. Don led the Wildcats in kickoff returns as a sophomore and as a junior, finishing with 669 career return yards.
Don majored in physical education and recreation. He enjoys basketball, a sport he played in high school, as a hobby."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

1975 Profile: Bill Cahill

Punt Returner-Free Safety
No. 22
"Cahill got into every game last fall primarily as a performer on special teams. He had 10 punt returns, second only to department leader Donnie Walker, and a kickoff return of 26 yards. Activated by the Bills in 1973 just prior to the Bengal game, Bill ran a punt back 51 yards for a touchdown in the '73 finale against the Jets at Shea Stadium.
A seventh round draft choice of New Orleans, Bill was released by the Saints just prior to the start of the 1973 regular season. He had a trial with Pittsburgh before landing with the Bills.
Cahill was a three-year letterman as a weak safety for the Huskies and co-captain as a senior. He saw postseason action in the Hula Bowl, Coaches' All-Star Game at Lubbock, Texas and College All-Star Game.
Psychology and English were his major subjects at Washington."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Monday, October 19, 2015

1975 Profile: Jim Braxton

Running Back
No. 34
West Virginia
"Braxton had his best pro statistics last fall. He wound up as the second leading Buffalo rusher with 543 yards on 146 carries and was the third leading receiver (18) and tied for fourth in scoring (24 points).
He was most effective against Green Bay (86 yards) and in the first Jet game (84) last fall. He missed the second games against Baltimore and the Jets with a back problem. Jim carried 25 times, a personal high, against the Packers. His current career rushing total of 1,564 yards ranks him fourth on the Bills' list of top ground gainers.
Jim enjoyed the best day of his pro career against the Dolphins on November 18, 1973, gaining 119 yards on 17 carries and becoming the first back in 45 games to rack up a 100-yard rushing day against the Miami defense. His first start for Buffalo was in the second game of the 1972 season. Jim was a backfield reserve as a rookie when a preseason ankle injury slowed his development. He's an excellent inside power runner.
A first-team All-America selection in 1970 as a fullback for Bobby Bowden's West Virginia Moutaineers, Braxton won an invitation to the East-West Shrine game. In a statewide vote, he was chosen as West Virginia's Most Outstanding Amateur Athlete. He was a discus thrower for the WVU track team.
One of nine children, Jim's college major was physical education and social studies. He worked during the off-season with the West Virginia Board of Education and the Governor's Manpower Office. His duties included speaking around the state to groups of young people, working particularly in the areas of vocational education and dropout prevention. His hobbies are cards, music and coin collecting."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Sunday, October 18, 2015

1975 Profile: Marv Bateman

No. 7
"Bateman was signed by the Bills as a free agent on November 13 last fall, two weeks after being released by the Dallas Cowboys. He finished up as the regular Buffalo punter, averaging 43.9 yards on 34 punts in the final five games. Bateman's season average is the third best ever posted by a Buffalo punter.
He ranks 11th among still-active punters in the AFC with a career mark of 40.2. His 66-yard boot against Los Angeles was Marv's longest in three pro seasons. He had a spectacular day against the Rams, averaging 51.9 yards on seven punts.
Marv's career average at Dallas was 39.3 yards. He was the Cowboys' third round choice in the 1972 college draft.
One of the great collegiate punters, Bateman led the nation in both 1970 and 1971, averaging 48.1 as a senior at Utah. He was selected to the Sporting News All-America team.
Marv worked during the off-season to earn his real estate license and gave punting clinics in Nebraska and Iowa. He's interested in residential property sales."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Friday, October 16, 2015

1975 Profile: Doug Allen

No. 59
Penn State
"Doug had more playing time than any other rookie in 1974. He made an appearance in all 14 games and was a starting linebacker the final eight games of the season after former Penn State teammate John Skorupan was injured against New England. Used as both an outside and a middle linebacker, he made a pass interception against Cleveland and returned it 16 yards, and was also credited with two fumble recoveries. Doug is strong with good football instincts.
A starting outside linebacker for Penn State's unbeaten Orange Bowl champions, Doug earned first-team All-East honors as a senior. He alternated as a regular at defensive tackle for the Nittany Lions in 1970. He missed the entire 1971 season with a head injury and made the switch to outside linebacker in 1972. His senior statistics included two pass interceptions for 30 yards.
Doug lived in Orchard Park during the off-season. His Penn State degree is in labor studies and his college academic average was 3.37 (on a scale of 4.0)."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Thursday, October 15, 2015

1975 Profile: Bill Adams

No. 60
Holy Cross
"Adams played in eight games last fall after spending the entire 1973 season on the Bills' free agent roster. He saw service in the final six games of the 1972 season after being activated from the taxi squad. Bill was signed as a free agent out of Holy Cross.
He has good strength and mobility. He's a hard worker who is always ready to play.
An offensive guard and a tackle in college, Bill was tri-captain of the Crusaders and an All-New England choice. He won two letters in track and three in wrestling as an undergraduate.
Bill has a B.A. degree in economics with a minor in history. He's interested in a career as a CPA, teacher or business management specialist. Golf and movies are his hobbies."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

1975 Profile: Tony Marchitte

Equipment Manager
"One of the essential people behind the scenes in the Bills' football operation is equipment manager Tony Marchitte. His responsibilities include maintaining the large stockpile of gear required to outfit the Buffalo squad.
Marchitte has been with the Bills almost as long as they've been in business, first joining the organization in 1961. Born in Buffalo, Marchitte is a life-long resident of Western New York. Tony's easy manner and pleasant personality make him a popular member of the staff."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Monday, October 12, 2015

1975 Profile: Joe Murry

Physical Coordinator
"Physical coordinator Joe Murry has responsibility for developing the club's strength program. Murray joined the Buffalo organization in March of 1973.
Joe holds a Master's degree in physical education from Southeastern Louisiana. As an undergraduate at Southwestern Louisiana, he won acclaim as National Collegiate heavyweight weightlifting champion. He set four national records in his specialty and placed fourth in the heavyweight division of the 1968 Olympic trials, narrowly missing a spot on the United States team.
Prior to accepting a position with the Bills, Murry taught at Metarie (Louisiana) Park Country Day School and was an assistant football coach at several Metarie high schools."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Saturday, October 10, 2015

1975 Profile: Bob Reese

"Bob Reese's interest in athletic training dates from his high school days at Father Ryan High in Nashville, Tennessee. After one year as a member of the football squad, Bob became a student trainer and has been actively involved in the profession from that day to this. He worked with the training staff throughout his undergraduate career at Purdue University, where he earned his B.S. in physical education in 1970.
Appointed head trainer at Boston College in 1970, Reese, then only 21 years old, was the youngest head trainer in the nation. Bob joined fellow Purdue alumnus Eddie Abramoski with the Bills in 1972."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Thursday, October 8, 2015

1975 Profile: Eddie Abramoski

"Since their formation in 1960, the Buffalo Bills have had only one trainer- Eddie Abramoski. An outstanding high school guard in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, Abramoski went to Purdue University on a football scholarship. A back injury, which required surgery, wrote an early end to his playing career and led to an interest in becoming an athletic trainer.
Following graduation, Eddie landed his first training job at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He later moved to the University of Detroit as head trainer. While in Detroit, he moonlighted as a trainer with the Lions. He struck up an acquaintance with Detroit assistant coach Buster Ramsey, who took Abe with him to Buffalo when he was named the first head coach of the Bills in 1960."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

1975 Profile: Elbert Dubenion

Talent Scout
"The Bills' career leader in every pass receiving category is Elbert 'Golden Wheels' Dubenion, one of the most popular players ever to wear a Buffalo uniform. Dubenion, a member of the 1960 club, retired as a player midway through the 1968 season to accept a full-time position with the scouting department. He was the last remaining member of the original Bills.
In his eight seasons as a player, Dubenion caught 296 passes for 5,304 yards and 35 touchdowns. All are Buffalo lifetime highs as are his marks of touchdown receptions in five consecutive games and pass receptions in 42 straight appearances. Duby is third in the all-time Bills standings in scoring but ranks as the club's leader in touchdowns with 39.
A Little All-America at Bluffton College in 1958, Dubenion set a school record with 53 touchdowns in his four varsity seasons. He signed with the Browns in 1959 but was injured at the College All-Star camp. He was an instant success with the fledgling Bills in 1960, winning MVP honors his first season."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

1975 Profile: Harvey Johnson

Director of Player Personnel
"Harvey Johnson was a member of the Buffalo Bills' original coaching staff and has served the club in a variety of positions, including head coach on two separate occasions. Defensive backfield skipper in 1960-61, Harvey was first appointed Director of Player Personnel in 1962, succeeding Lou Saban when Lou took over the football program. Harvey was Buffalo's head coach for 12 games of the 1968 season, following the abrupt dismissal of Joe Collier, and for the entire 1971 campaign.
A product of William & Mary, Johnson played for the Bainbridge (MD) Naval Training Center from 1943-45. A draft choice of the All-America Conference New York Yankees, Johnson played regularly in the pros as a defensive back but earned his principal recognition as a placement specialist, once stringing together 146 consecutive conversions.
Harvey remained with the New York franchise when it joined the NFL in 1950 but retired as a player in 1953 to take an assistant coaching job with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He became head coach of the Kitchener team (Rugby Football Union) in 1954 and guided them to four titles in as many years. He left Kitchener to coach with the Montreal Alouettes from 1958-59."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Sunday, October 4, 2015

1975 Profile: Bob Shaw

Receivers Coach
"Bob Shaw, ex-Ohio State University athlete and veteran professional coach, works with the Bills' pass receivers. Shaw moved to Buffalo in 1972 from Chicago where he and Jim Ringo were members of the Bears' staff.
An All-America in football and basketball at Ohio State, Shaw was an end for Paul Browns' Buckeyes in the early 1940's, about the same time a quarterback named Lou Saban was starring for Indiana. Bob was selected to the All-Big Ten Conference first team and named to play in the College All-Star game.
He played professionally with the old Cleveland Rams and went to Los Angeles with them where he stayed until 1949. Traded to the Chicago Cardinals in 1950, Bob finished his career in the Windy City.
His coaching experience includes tours as a college and junior college mentor, several years as a pro assistant, and two different jobs as a head coach in the Canadian League. Shaw was a high school coach in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio at the time he was named receiver coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1957. He worked for two years in Baltimore before going to the 49ers in 1959. From 1960-62, Shaw was head football coach and athletic director at New Mexico Military Institute where his most prized product was Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach. He became head coach at Saskatchewan of the CFL in 1963 and switched to Toronto two years later. Bob was on the staff of the New Orleans Saints during the 1967-68 seasons and went to the Bears in 1969."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Friday, October 2, 2015

1975 Profile: Jim Ringo

Offensive Line Coach
"When the Green Bay Packers were the terrors of professional football, Jim Ringo was the Pack's captain and center. An All-Pro eight times and a Pro Bowl choice ten times, Ringo played in three consecutive NFL championship games. He was a member of he Pack's 1961 and 1962 title teams. Over 14 years, Ringo appeared in 182 straight games, establishing a new NFL record for endurance. Traded by the Packers after 11 seasons, he played four years for the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring in 1967.
Ringo won All-East acclaim at Syracuse University where he was a center and linebacker under Ben Schwartzwalder. He played for Syracuse in the 1953 Orange Bowl game. A seventh round draft choice of the Packers, Ringo was a key figure in the franchise's rise from also-ran to champion. He was Green Bay captain for eight seasons and was named to the Packer Hall of Fame in 1973.
Ringo entered pro coaching with the Chicago Bears in 1969. After three seasons in Chicago, Lou Saban hired Ringo and charged him with development of the Bills' offensive line. The payoff to Ringo's two years of building came in 1973 when Buffalo cracked the NFL rushing record established by Miami in 1972 and became the first professional team ever to gain more than 3,000 yards on the ground."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook