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

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