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

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