Sunday, November 29, 2015

1975 Free Agent Profile: Hal Thomas

Defensive Back
Bowling Green
"Hal was converted from wingback to fullback to utilize his speed. He was used as a receiver and a running back at Bowling Green before moving to defensive back."

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1975 Free Agent Profile: Steve Schnarr

Running Back
Otterbein
"Last year Steve set Otterbein rushing records for most carries in a season (161) and most yards in one game (222), and also tied the school mark for most carries in a game (35). He gained 756 yards and scored 10 touchdowns last year.
Steve was selected the team's top offensive player and most improved player while earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference first team honors. He played in the All-Ohio Shrine Bowl.
A biology and education major, Steve is interested in teaching and coaching. He enjoys water sports, horseback riding and cars."

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1975 Rookie Profile:Tom Ruud

Linebacker
1st Round
Nebraska
"A unanimous All-Big Eight selection in 1974, Ruud also earned Associated Press All-American honorable mention. He led the Cornhuskers with 104 tackles last fall while adding three fumble recoveries and two pass interceptions. Ruud was an All-Academic Big Eight choice in both 1973 and 1974 and finished his career with 209 tackles. He played in the Senior Bowl last winter.
Tom is a business major interested in banking and public relations. He lists music, hunting, fishing and skiing as his hobbies. Tom has five sisters and a brother."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Bob Nelson

Linebacker
2nd Round
Nebraska
"Bob was a teammate, classmate and roommate of Tom Ruud, the Bills' first round pick in the 1975 draft. He was a second-team All-Big Eight selection last year and a standout performer in the Senior Bowl.
He was involved in 198 tackles while picking up three varsity letters at Nebraska. He had a pair of fumble recoveries and a pass interception during his career.
Bob is a business education major interested in coaching. He has worked summers in a family ice cream plant."

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1975 Free Agent Profile: Lucian Moss

Running Back
Alabama State
"The third leading rusher at Alabama State in 1974, gaining 475 yards on 85 carries for a 5.6-yard average, Moss scored three touchdowns and caught 12 passes. He transferred to Alabama State from Jackson State."

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1975 Rookie Profile: John McCrumbly

Middle Linebacker
5th Round
Texas A & M
"McCrumbly earned All-Southwest Conference honors as a middle linebacker for the Aggies in 1974. He was a two-time All-American linebacker at Tyler Junior College before transferring to Texas A & M. He was a high school fullback. John will challenge for the starting middle linebacker spot with quickness and hitting ability.
John is a recreation and parks major who would like to become a coach. He enjoys pool and swimming."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Glenn Lott

Safety
2nd Round
Drake
"Lott won All-Conference honors as a safety at Drake in 1974 after winning similar honors as a linebacker the preceding year. His hard-hitting, versatile talents reminded scouts of Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum. Lott was involved in 83 tackles in 1974 and had three pass interceptions in 1973 and 1974. He was Drake co-captain last year.
Lott is a public relations major who hopes someday to enter the corporate public relations field. He enjoys music, dancing and reading."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Chris Kupec

Quarterback
10th Round
North Carolina
"Kupec led the NCAA in pass completion percentage in 1974, hitting on 104 of 153 passes for a 69.3% mark. He threw for 1,474 yards and 12 touchdowns. Kupec was Associated Press Back of the Week after throwing for four touchdowns against Army and was the All-Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback.
He missed most of the 1973 season with a broken collarbone. Chris accounted for 22 touchdowns in his career, 13 passing and nine rushing.
Chris was a history major and the winner of an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Mark Johnson

Defensive End
12th Round
Missouri
"Johnson earned All-Big Eight honorable mention in 1974 after recovering from spring knee surgery. He led Missouri in tackles in 1973 and 1974, totalling 198 in two years. He had 16 quarterback sacks plus a fumble recovery in 1974 and played in the 1975 Hula Bowl.
He's a physical education major who enjoys horseback riding, basketball and movies."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Roland Hooks

Running Back
10th Round
North Carolina State
"Roland was a versatile performer at North Carolina State where he established a record for average yards per rush (5.6, 1,368 yards in 246 carries). He led the Wolfpack with 850 yards and a 6.3-yard average in 1974 while scoring 17 touchdowns. Roland holds the N.C. State record of 981 kickoff return yards- in his first varsity game he returned a kickoff 80 yards.
Roland is a history major who enjoys handball."

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1975 Rookie Profile: John Hill

Defensive Tackle
8th Round
Duke
"John played linebacker, tight end, offensive tackle and defensive tackle at Duke, and moved permanently to defensive tackle in 1973. He won three varsity football letters and two varsity lacrosse letters for the Blue Devils. He played in the Blue-Grey Game last winter.
A sociology major interested in marketing or acting, John plays the banjo and harmonica."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Tom Fine

Tight End
16th Round
Notre Dame
"Tom has been the backup tight end for the Fighting Irish for the last two years. He played in every game at Notre Dame last year, appearing almost exclusively on special teams. Tom can play either tackle or tight end, and caught four passes for 51 yards for the Irish jayvees in 1973.
An economics major who hopes to pursue a career in business, Tom enjoys reading, swimming and basketball."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Robert Evans

Wide Receiver
14th Round
Morris Brown
"Evans was the most valuable player at Morris Brown for the last two years as he led the team in receiving. He earned NAIA All-American honors in 1974 and earned a total of 13 varsity letters at Morris Brown, four in football and three each in basketball, baseball and track; he can be used as a kickoff [return] man and has high-jumped 6'8".
A history major who would like to become a teacher-coach, Robert enjoys music and nature and does some abstract painting."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Tom Drake

Cornerback
11th Round
Michigan
"A starting cornerback for the Wolverines in 1973 and 1974, Drake tied for the team leadership in interceptions last year with four and had 24 tackles. He earned All-American and All-Big 10 honorable mention and played in the Blue-Grey game last winter.
Drake was used as a punt return man in 1973, running back nine punts for 154 yards. He had a key interception in the 10-10 tie with Ohio State in '73. He won the Frederick Matthasi award for leadership and achievement for the Wolverines in 1972.
A natural resources major, Tom hopes someday to be a pilot and has a commercial license. He plays the guitar and enjoys music."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Tom Donchez

Running Back
4th Round
Penn State
"Donchez was the top rusher for the Nittany Lions in 1974 with 880 yards. His career totals include 1,422 rushing yards and 265 yards receiving and he stands ninth on the all-time Penn State rushing list. Donchez had three 100-yard games in 1974, including a 165-yard effort against Navy. He played in the 1972 and 1975 Cotton Bowls and the 1974 Orange Bowl. He missed the 1972 season with a knee injury.
A finance major who received his MBA from Penn State last spring, Tom enjoys reading non-fiction literature."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Mark Dienhart

Guard
13th Round
St. Thomas (Minnesota)
"A four-year starter on the St. Thomas team, Dienhart made the starting lineup the first day of his freshman year. A two-year all-conference and all-district selection, he was an NAIA All-American choice in 1974 and an Academic All-American. Mark was the winner of an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship.
Mark had a 3.98 grade point average as a philosophy major and hopes to work someday in college administration. He enjoys pets, theatre and mystery stories."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Reggie Cherry

Running Back
7th Round
Houston
"Reggie was the sixth leading all-time rusher at Houston with 1,811 yards in three years with the Cougars. He has the second longest run from scrimmage in Houston history, an 84-yard touchdown run against San Diego State in 1974. His best game was a 170-yard, two touchdown performance against Florida in '74. Reggie scored 17 touchdowns in his final two years and appeared in three Blue Bonnet Bowls.
He's a business major who would like to enter the public relations field."

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1975 Rookie Profile: Gil Chapman

Wide Receiver
7th Round
Michigan
"A multipurpose performer for the Wolverines, leading them in receiving and kickoff returns in 1974, Chapman was also one of Michigan's leading punt returners. He scored six touchdowns last year, three rushing and three receiving. Gil earned an All-Big 10 honorable mention selection and played in the American Bowl. He finished his career with 2,514 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns.
Gil majored in finance and economics and hopes to pursue a career as a financial analyst."

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1975 Free Agent Profile: Terry Buda

Wide Receiver
Dayton
"Terry played the 1974 season after transferring from Xavier when they dropped football. He caught 17 passes for 310 yards for an average of 18.2 yards per catch last year. In 1973 at Xavier, Terry led the team with 39 receptions for 649 yards.
He was a marketing major with Dean's List honors."

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1975 Free Agent Profile: Tom Buchheit

Safety
Kent State
"Buchheit played running back before switching to safety at Kent State. He was a transfer from Staten Island Community College.
His college major was physical education. He was a three-sport athlete at Tattenville High School."

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1975 Free Agent Profile: Lonnie Broadnax

Punter
Alabama State
"Lonnie played quarterback and did all the punting at Alabama State in 1974. He punted 35 times for 1,604 yards and a 45.8 average. Lonnie transferred to Alabama State from Alcorn A & M.
He plans a career in business management. His nickname is 'Mr. B.'"

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1975 Rookie Profile: Harry Banks

Defensive Back
7th Round
Michigan
"Banks was a starting defensive back for Michigan in 1974, successfully making the conversion from running back. He was involved in 52 tackles in '74 and had a pass interception.
He missed the entire 1973 season with a broken hand. Harry rushed for 382 yards in 1972, scoring five touchdowns. His twin brother Larry was a starting defensive end for the Wolverines last year.
Harry majored in physical education. He was an outstanding hurdler at John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland. He enjoys music, reading and art."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

1975 Profile: Jeff Yeates

Defensive Tackle
No. 62
Boston College
"Yeates appeared in 10 games in 1974 and will be remembered for blocking a field goal in the final minute of the Bills' 29-28 win over New England at Foxboro. He was involved in three tackles last season.
He spent the entire 1973 season in the 'physically unable to perform' category and has worked hard to get ready for the 1974 campaign. He has exceptional quickness for a defensive lineman. Yeates was the Bills' fourth draft pick in 1973.
Yeates was a three-year letterman and a defensive leader at Boston College. He made the All-East team as a senior and was chosen to play in the Senior Bowl. He earned his degree in management."

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1975 Profile: Jeff Winans

Defensive End
No. 75
USC
"A knee injury in a preseason game against the Redskins kept him out of the entire 1974 season after he was projected to take over a starting defensive tackle spot. Jeff was impressive in preseason workouts.
He appeared in nine games in 1973, getting better each week, and will be tried at both defensive end and tackle this fall. Picked by the Bills in the second round of the 1973 college draft, Jeff spent the off-season in Buffalo building up his injured leg.
He was an honorable mention All-America for John McKay at Southern Cal, made second team All-Pacific Eight Conference and was a member of the College All-Star team. He attended Modesto Junior College for two years, winning letters in football, basketball and track. Jeff scored a high of 41 points in a JC basketball game and threw the shot a Modesto record 55 feet, 11 inches.
Jeff's undergraduate major was physical education with a minor in business. He's interested in the coaching and teaching professions. Hunting, fishing and golf are among his favorite pastimes."

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1975 Profile: Dave Washington

Linebacker
No. 86
Alcorn A & M
"Washington was a big play specialist with the Bills' defense last year, scoring a pair of touchdowns. His biggest play was a 72-yard interception return against New England that turned a 21-19 deficit into a 26-21 lead for Buffalo. Washington also picked up a Miami Dolphin fumble and ran it 42 yards for a score to ignite a Bills comeback, and recovered another key fumble at Miami. He appeared in all 14 games, mostly as a starter at outside linebacker, and earned United Press International and second-team All-Conference honors.
He missed most of the 1973 campaign with a broken arm. Dave played in four games with the Bills in 1972 after coming to Buffalo from Denver in exchange for linebacker Al Andrews. A ninth round draft pick of Denver in 1970, he played both linebacker and tight end for the Broncos.
Washington saw action for Alcorn at three different positions- split end, tight end and defensive end. As a freshman he caught 10 passes for better than 100 yards in one game. Dave was used as a kickoff man.
Chemistry was his major at Alcorn with minors in math and education. Cabinet making is a hobby and he likes to read. Dave worked during the off-season in the labor relations division of an automobile company's local office."

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1975 Profile: John Skorupan

Linebacker
No. 55
Penn State
"Skorupan started 20 consecutive games at outside linebacker before a knee injury knocked him out of the lineup after six games of the 1974 season. Considered by many to be one of the top outside linebacker prospects in the NFL, he made the UPI All-Rookie team in 1973 and continued his outstanding play early in 1974 before the injury. Skorupan underwent knee surgery and is expected to be at full strength this year. He's a strong, consistent open field tackler with excellent instincts. John was Buffalo's sixth round draft choice in 1973.
John was one of the outstanding defensive players in the East as a senior at Penn State and a consensus All-America selection. He was voted AP Lineman of the Week after the Nittany Lions' 1973 victory over Navy; he had 15 unassisted tackles, three sacks of the quarterback and returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown against the Midshipmen. John was on Penn State's Sugar and Cotton Bowl elevens, and a member of the Hula Bowl and College All-Star squads.
Real estate and insurance were his college majors."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Monday, November 23, 2015

1975 Profile: O.J. Simpson

Running Back
No. 32
USC
"O.J. is the leading active rusher in the National Football League and sixth on the NFL's list of all-time top ground gainers. His total of 6,306 career yards is topped only by Jim Brown, 12,312 yards; Jim Taylor, 8,597; Joe Perry, 8,378; Leroy Kelly, 7,374; and John Henry Johnson, 6,803.
He gained 1,000 yards for the third consecutive season [1,125] in 1974- he's one of only six runners to achieve this feat. Simpson was third in the league rushing ranks (behind Otis Armstrong at 1,407 and Don Woods at 1,162) after leading in the same department in 1972 and 1973. He topped the 100-yard rushing figure in four games last fall, pushing his lifetime total to 24 and ranking him fourth behind Brown (58), Kelly (27) and Taylor (26).
Simpson sprained an ankle in the opening game against Oakland after gaining 78 yards in less than a half and was bothered by the injury for a number of weeks. His best statistical performance of 1974 was at Baltimore where he gained 127 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown. He had his busiest day of 1974 against New England, carrying 32 times for 132 yards, and rang up his first touchdown pass reception since his rookie season when he combined with Joe Ferguson on a 29-yard scoring play against New England- O.J. is Buffalo's seventh-leading pass receiver of all time with 109 catches for 1,101 yards.
O.J. owns seven different National Football League rushing records and 16 separate Buffalo Bills club marks. His NFL standards, all established in 1973, include: most rushing yards, season- 2003; most rushing yards, single game- 250 (against New England 9/16/73); most rushing attempts, season- 332; most games 100 or more yards rushing, season- 11; most consecutive games 100 or more yards rushing- seven; most games 200 or more yards rushing, season- three; and most consecutive games 200 or more yards rushing- two. O.J. carried 39 times against Kansas City in 1973 to establish a record, broken last season by Lydell Mitchel of Baltimore. He needs one more 200-yard game to match Jim Brown's standard of four.
His honors in 1973 included the AP and UPI awards as the league's Most Valuable Player, AP Male Athlete of the Year, the Hickock Belt as professional athlete of the year by the largest landslide in the history of the award, Maxwell Club Bert Bell Award, Sporting News Man of the Year, the Dunlop Pro-Am prize as pro athlete of the year and the NEA Jim Thorpe Memorial Trophy as NFL Player of the Year. Simpson was back and player of the year in the opinion of Pro Football Weekly.
He repeated as a consensus All-Conference and All-Pro selection in 1974. Four touchdowns last fall pushed his career total with Buffalo to 33 rushing and 38 overall, one behind Bills all-time leader Elbert Dubenion. O.J.'s career scoring total includes a 95-yard touchdown on a kickoff return against the Jets on October 4, 1970.
O.J.'s highest single game average was 10.0 (219 yards on 22 attempts) against New England at Orchard Park. He has never scored more than two touchdowns in a single game. He had his poorest effort as a pro against Baltimore on October 10, 1971 when he wound up with minus 10 yards on seven trips. O.J.'s best efforts have been against New England, a team he has punished for 1,142 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games. His 94-yard run against Pittsburgh on October 29, 1972 is a Buffalo record. He finished '74 with 49 yards on 15 carries in the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Steelers at Pittsburgh, his only appearance in postseason play as a professional. O.J. played in three straight Pro Bowl games. He was MVP in the 1973 Pro Bowl with 112 yards on 16 carries.
He reached the 1,000-yard level for the first time in 1972, leading the NFL with 1,251 yards on 292 trips. O.J. missed one game in his rookie season and sat out the final six games of 1970 with an injury but has played in 56 straight league outings since. His rushing totals were 697 as a rookie, 488 in an injury-shortened 1970 season and 742 in 1971. He must also be feared as a pass receiver and option passer; he threw a touchdown pass (two yards) to J.D. Hill against the Jets on September 17, 1972. Simpson was the first player picked in the 1969 pro draft and has been the Bills' offensive captain for the past two years.
Simpson was voted College Athlete of the Decade. A brilliant athlete for John McKay's USC Trojans, he destroyed 13 Southern California records in an abbreviated two-year varsity career. He gained 3,423 rushing yards for SC on 674 carries and established an NCAA rushing record in his senior season with 1,709 yards. O.J. averaged 164.4 yards per appearance in 19 regular season games as a collegian.
O.J. carried a record 47 times (for 220 yards and three touchdowns) in SC's 1968 win over Stanford. He gained 299 yards in two Rose Bowl appearances. He more than doubled the vote of runner-up Leroy Keyes in the 1968 Heisman Trophy balloting and was a unanimous two-time All-America choice. Simpson ran sprints for the USC track team and was a member of SC's world record 440-yard relay team (38.6 seconds) in 1967. He majored in public administration as an undergraduate.
Simpson attended the City College of San Francisco for two seasons before enrolling at Southern California. He rolled up 54 touchdowns and 2,445 rushing yards (on 259 carries) in junior college and was a two-time junior college All-American. He went to Galileo High School in his native San Francisco.
He worked during the off-season as a weekend commentator on ABC-TV's Wide World of Sports. Simpson spent a month in Capetown, South Africa filming an upcoming motion picture also starring Telly Savalas, Peter Fonda and Jack Palance. He previously impressed in 'The Klansman' and 'The Towering Inferno,' films released during the 1974 season.
O.J. won $54,000 and the title of 'Superstar, 1975' in the popular ABC Television sports competition. He racked up 47 1/2 points in the Superstars finals with firsts in the 100-yard dash (6.9) and bowling (185) segments.
O.J. is honorary chairman of the 1975 New York State Cancer Crusade and an active participant in the national and local fight to conquer cancer. Baseball standout Ernie Banks is a second cousin. O.J.'s real name is Orenthal James and his hobbies include playing cards and tennis."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Friday, November 20, 2015

1975 Profile: Paul Seymour

Tight End
No. 87
Michigan
"Seymour improved his receiving output in 1974, grabbing 15 passes for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He has started 29 straight games at tight end since being converted from an offensive tackle.
His best game last year was a two-touchdown performance in the Bills' 30-28 win over New England in Orchard Park. Paul had three catches for 64 yards in that game, including his longest gain of the year, a 40-yard touchdown catch from Joe Ferguson. He also had a 22-yard touchdown catch against the Steelers in the playoffs. He was the Bills' top draft choice in 1973.
Seymour started his college career at tight end and moved to tackle in his junior season. He won All-Big Ten and All-America honors in 1972 and was selected to participate in the Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and College All-Star Game.
Physical education and history were his areas of concentration as an undergraduate. His brother, Jim, was an All-America at Notre Dame who later played professionally with the Chicago Bears. Paul is a guitar player, and music and reading are his hobbies."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

1975 Profile: Ahmad Rashad

Wide Receiver
No. 27
Oregon
"Ahmad was the leading receiver for the Bills last year, catching 36 passes for 433 yards and four touchdowns. He also scored two touchdowns by recovering O.J. Simpson fumbles in the end zone, one against Miami and one against Los Angeles. Ahmad earned United Press International All-Conference second team honors.
He came to the Bills in a trade with the Cardinals for Dennis Shaw in January of 1974. Ahmad's best games were the opener against Oakland with two touchdown grabs, including the game winner in the final minute, and an eight-catch 115-yard performance against New England in Foxboro.
Ahmad caught 59 passes for 909 yards in two years with the Cardinals. He teamed with Jim Hart for an NFL record 98-yard pass against Los Angeles in 1972- the longest non-scoring scrimmage play in league history. The number one draft choice for St. Louis in 1972, he was named to the UPI All-Rookie team.
He was known as Bobby Moore during his collegiate career at Oregon. A receiver as a sophomore and a tailback in his final two seasons at Oregon, he rushed for 1,211 yards as a senior, eighth best in the nation, and was a consensus All-America selection. He set 14 Oregon records including most touchdowns (36) and points (226).
Ahmad toured with other NFL players on a USO-sponsored trip through western Pacific military bases last winter. He's an avid tennis player."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

1975 Profile: Walt Patulski

Defensive End
No. 85
Notre Dame
"Patulski started 15 games at defensive end last year, logging 44 individual tackles and five quarterback sacks. In the two games with Baltimore, he had three sacks and was involved in 17 tackles. He also had an outstanding performance against Oakland.
He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Week in 1973 after the Bills 24-17 victory over the Colts in Baltimore. Walt won recognition for a performance that included three pass deflections, five unassisted tackles, two assists and a quarterback sack.
Walt was the first player picked in the 1972 college draft. He earned a regular berth that year and has improved ever since. He had a bone spur removed from under his kneecap following the '72 season.
A consensus All-America for Ara Parseghian at Notre Dame, Patulski was voted winner of the Lombardi Award as the outstanding college lineman of 1971. He was also UPI's choice as Lineman of the Year. Patulski started every game in three varsity seasons with the Irish. He played in the Cotton and Hula Bowls and won the outstanding defensive lineman award in the Hula Bowl. Walt set an Irish record for tackles-for-losses and had eight stops for 42 yards-in-losses against LSU in 1971, a game Notre Dame won 3-0.
Management was his college major and he hopes for a future career as an investment broker. Walt was honorary chairman of the 1974 Multiple Sclerosis Appeal in Western New York. Golf, tennis, pool and cards are his spare time pursuits."

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1975 Profile: Willie Parker

Long Snapper-Guard
No. 61
North Texas State
"Parker has played in every Buffalo game for the last two years, seeing action on special teams and as the snapper for punts and field goals. He has also been the number one reserve at the guard position.
Willie was drafted third by San Francisco in 1971 and spent most of that season on the 49ers reserve squad. He was on the Los Angeles Rams reserve list for a full year before being picked up by Buffalo for a future draft choice in September 1973.
He was a second team All-Missouri Valley Conference choice as a junior and a first team selection as a senior.
Willie lived in Orchard Park, New York during the off-season. He has passed his insurance examination."

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1975 Profile: Mike Montler

Center
No. 53
Colorado
"Montler started every game at center for the Bills last year despite a painful mid-season leg injury. He took over starting duties in the ninth game of the 1973 season when Bruce Jarvis was sidelined by a knee injury. He has played so well Jarvis can't get his starting job back. Montler came to the Bills as an offensive tackle and has made the switch easily.
He was acquired by Buffalo in the trade that also brought Jim Cheyunski and Halvor Hagen from New England. Mike was a starting offensive lineman during his four seasons with the Patriots. He was New England's second round draft choice in 1969.
Montler won All-America and All-Big Eight honors as a tackle for Eddie Crowder at Colorado. Captain of the Buffaloes as a senior, he captured the Ernie Davis Memorial Award in the 1969 Coaches All-America Game. Mike was a member of the Blue-Grey, Hula and Senior Bowl squads and the College All-Star team.
Mike played service football during a four-year tour in the Marine Corps. His duty stations included San Diego and Okinawa. His undergraduate major at Colorado was business with a minor in journalism. Mike has worked in the off-season in a Sheriff's department and in the PR departments of both a bank and a real estate firm."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Doug Flutie

Thinking of Doug Flutie and his family during this difficult time.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

1975 Profile: Dave Means

Defensive End
No. 77
Southeast Missouri State
"Dave surprised the Bills staff with his aggressive play in his rookie year in 1974. He played in nine games and was impressive against Miami and the Jets. Dave was involved in 12 tackles, with six solo efforts.
He was tried at linebacker in the preseason, but switched back to defensive end. A year's experience should lead to improved play this year.
Means played defensive tackle at Southeast Missouri. He was a first team All-Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association choice in 1973 after claiming second team honors in 1972. He was an extraordinary pass rusher in college.
His ambitions are teaching or a career in public relations. Dave was a physical education major with a minor in biology. Weightlifting and jogging are his hobbies."

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1975 Profile: Reggie McKenzie

Guard
No. 67
Michigan
"Reggie was an All-Conference selection of both United Press International and Sporting News after winning All-NFL honors from the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers and Football NEWS in 1973, [the year he was also] winner of the Wisconsin Pro Football Writers' award as the NFL's top-blocking lineman.
He has not missed a game in his three years with the Bills, starting 43 straight games. McKenzie has outstanding speed and the ability to get out in front of the play, [along with] outstanding leadership traits.
McKenzie was a consensus All-American for Bo Schembechler at Michigan and a member of two Michigan Rose Bowl teams (1970 and 1972). A two-time All-Big Ten choice, he won invitations to the Hula Bowl and College All-Star games.
Reggie won his B.S. degree in physical education and has ambitions for graduate study, perhaps in law. He was co-chairman of Buffalo Brotherhood Week for the National Conference of Christians and Jews and is active in the public service area. He worked during the off-season as a public relations representative for a local hotel. Reggie has four brothers and three sisters. Music and reading are his hobbies."

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1975 Profile: Gary Marangi

Quarterback
No. 17
Boston College
"Gary showed outstanding potential as a field leader in brief action in three games in 1974. His first pro pass was a 44-yard touchdown strike to J.D. Hill against Miami. He came off the bench to replace the injured Joe Ferguson and completed six of nine passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins. Gary hit Bob Chandler with a short touchdown pass in the final minute to tie the Dolphins after leading the Bills on a long drive. He also played against the Jets and Rams. He has a strong arm, reads defenses well and is a poised leader.
Marangi was BC's starting quarterback for two seasons and finished as the Eagles' third leading passer of all time with 2,739 yards on 235 completions. He was also a running threat from the BC wishbone.
Captain of the Eagles as a senior, Gary was an All-East and All-New England selection and received the coaches award as BC's outstanding player. He played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the American Bowl.
Gary was a marketing major. His hobbies include all sports and his two pet Great Danes."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

Monday, November 16, 2015

1975 Profile: John Leypoldt

Place Kicker
No. 3
"John is the current holder of all Bills career place kicking records. Last year he set Bills career marks for total points (288), total field goals (65) and PATs (93). John ranked third in AFC scoring in 1974 with 82 points and earned UPI All-AFC second team honors.
He has led the Bills in scoring the past three years, leading in 1973 with 90 points and in 1972 with 77. Leypoldt tied the Buffalo record with a 52-yard field goal in 1973.
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 and skilled pool player who likes hunting, fishing and golf, he started his own restaurant business this summer."

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1975 Profile: Merv Krakau

Middle Linebacker
No. 52
Iowa State
"Krakau appeared in 11 games in 1974 and had a key pass interception against the New England Patriots in the Bills' 29-28 victory in Foxboro. The interception stopped the Patriots' scoring threat and the 37-yard return set up a Bills score.
His rapid development in 1973 made him one of the 'sleepers' in the Bills' 1973 draft. Merv started the first game of the '73 season at middle linebacker when Jim Cheyunski was injured, and appeared in all 14 games that year. He's a strong special team performer.
A defensive tackle for Johnny Majors at Iowa State, Krakau made the All-Big Eight squad and was a third team All-America choice of the Associated Press. He was Iowa State's outstanding defensive player in the Liberty Bowl game and a member of the Senior Bowl squad. He was named National Lineman of the Week for his performance against Nebraska in 1972; Merv's defensive effort against the Cornhuskers included two fumble recoveries, two fumbles caused, three pass deflections, two sacks of the quarterback, and 11 unassisted tackles.
Merv was a physical education major at Iowa State and has ambitions to be a coach and teacher after his playing career. Bowling, hunting and fishing are his hobbies."

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1975 Profile: Ted Koy

Linebacker
No. 37
Texas
"Ted is a versatile performer who has been the leader of the special teams. He appeared in 12 games last fall, missing two games with a shoulder injury. Ted has played four different positions since joining the Bills six days before the start of the 1971 season in a trade with Oakland; he played most of the 1974 season at linebacker and has seen action as a running back, tight end and safety. His only start came as a safety in 1973. Koy was the Raiders' 2nd round selection in 1970 and played in 14 games for Oakland as a rookie.
He was captain of Texas' 1969 National Championship team. An All-America and All-Southwest Conference running back, Koy made the All-America blocking team. He saw postseason action in the Cotton and Senior Bowls and was a member of the 1970 College All-Star squad.
Ted's undergraduate degree is in journalism and public relations and he is studying at the Texas A & M School of Veterinary Medicine in the off-season. He's active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
His brother, Ernie, played with the New York Giants from 1965-70, a sister, Margaret, is a former sportswriter for the Abilene Reporter-News, and his dad was a Texas All-America in football and baseball who later played professionally with the baseball Cardinals and Dodgers."

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1975 Profile: Rex Kern

Safety
No. 45
Ohio State
"Kern played in eight games after being picked up as a free agent on October 25. He started at safety in the playoff game against Pittsburgh.
He played in every game for the Baltimore Colts as a rookie in 1971 and his career has been hampered by injuries ever since; Rex underwent back surgery last winter. His back injury and dislocated hand limited his playing time in 1972. He started eight games for the Colts in 1973, was involved in 64 tackles and had a pair of pass interceptions.
Kern quarterbacked Ohio State to a 27-2 record in three years, rushing for 1,593 yards. He led the Buckeyes to their 1969 Rose Bowl victory over Southern California, earning the MVP award. Kern accounted for 3,990 total yards of offense, scoring 24 touchdowns and passing for 19. He won the Ernie Davis Memorial Award for leadership in the 1971 Coaches' All-America in Lubbock, Texas.'
Rex is active in charity and community work and was player representative while with the Colts. His wife Nancy is a former Rose Bowl Princess."

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Friday, November 13, 2015

1975 Profile: Mike Kadish

Defensive Tackle
No. 71
Notre Dame
"One of Buffalo's most consistent defensive performers, Kadish led the defensive line in total tackles with 60 individual stops and 33 assists and was second to teammate Earl Edwards in sacks with seven. He had a hand in 13 tackles (eight solo, five assists) against Houston- his best single game total.
The Bills sent veteran offensive lineman Irv Goode to Miami in exchange for Kadish in August of 1973. Inactive for the first two regular season games of '73, he wound up with 12 appearances, nine as a regular. He earned his first start against Miami on October 21. Mike was the top draft choice of the Dolphins in 1972 and spent the entire '72 campaign on the Miami taxi squad.
He was an All-America defensive tackle at Notre Dame and a teammate of the Bills' Walt Patulski. Mike led the Irish in tackles with 97 including eight quarterback sacks for 40 yards in losses, and played in the Senior Bowl.
Mike is an avid golfer."

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1975 Profile: Bruce Jarvis

Center
No. 51
Washington
"His slow recovery from knee surgery limited Bruce to one appearance in 1974 (at Green Bay). He held down the starting center position for most of the 1973 season until a knee injury in practice before the Cincinnati game sidelined him for the remainder of the year. He underwent knee surgery. Bruce [also] missed all but three games of the 1972 season with a knee injury.
He's a solid offensive performer on running and passing plays. He was a third round draft choice in 1971 and first won a regular job as a rookie.
Jarvis was an honorable All-America as a center for Coach Jim Owens' Huskies, and a second-team All-Coast selection. He was voted Washington's Offensive Lineman of the Year and was elected to play in the annual Hula Bowl game. Bruce was a college teammate of Bills linebacker Bo Cornell.
Bruce earned his B.A. degree in finance and economics during the off-season. He has an interest in a Buffalo area restaurant- 'The Outside Inn.'"

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1975 Profile: Robert James

Cornerback
No. 20
Fisk
"Robert was a unanimous All-NFL choice at cornerback for the second consecutive season, a consensus All-Conference selection and a member of the AFC Pro Bowl squad for the third straight year. He made three interceptions, his best total since 1971, to rank second to teammate Tony Greene in that statistic. Robert shares with O.J. Simpson the distinction of being the senior member of the Bills organization.
He has missed only two games in six seasons on the squad. He's one of the toughest one-on-one defenders in the NFL and his ability to cover usually [gets] him the team's toughest opposing receiver. Originally signed as a free agent out of Fisk University, Robert won a starting role at cornerback in 1970 after playing mainly on special teams as a rookie. He wears contact lenses on the field. He's one of the team's inspirational leaders.
Robert was a linebacker and defensive end for Fisk and was an All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference choice. He's the first Fisk University product to gain prominence in pro ball. Fisk's most valuable gridder in 1968, Robert was also the conference champion in the 60-yard high hurdles and the 120-yard intermediate hurdles. His top collegiate hurdle times were 7.5 in the 60's and 14.5 over the 120's.
He earned his Bachelor's degree in physical education and is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Robert was once saluted by his hometown in Robert James Day ceremonies. He would like to pursue a teaching career following his playing days."

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1975 Profile: Scott Hunter

Quarterback
No. 16
Alabama
"Hunter came to the Bills in July 1973 in a trade that sent defensive lineman Steve Okoniewski and running back Pete Van Valkenberg to Green Bay. He played in just one game for Buffalo (at Green Bay) and did not attempt a pass.
His three-year statistics with the Packers included 197 completions in 447 attempts and 2,904 passing yards. Scott took Green Bay to the Central Division crown in 1972 with less experience than any quarterback in 27 years. He started eight games for the Pack as a rookie in 1971 and was the regular in all 14 outings a year later.
Scott had four starting assignments in 1973 before being sidelined by an injured sternum. A Packers sixth-round draft choice, his best career day was 12 of 24 completions for 230 yards against Minnesota in 1971.
A regular for three seasons under Bear Bryant at Alabama, Hunter broke most of Joe Namath's passing records. He played in the Senior Bowl."

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

1975 Profile: J.D. Hill

Wide Receiver
No. 40
Arizona State
"Hill had a big season in 1974, leading the squad in receiving yardage (572) and achieving a personal high for touchdown receptions (6). He ranked second to Ahmad Rashad in total receptions with 32.
He made spectacular diving catches for touchdowns at Baltimore (47 yards) and Miami (44 yards). His single game high of five catches came against Miami and was matched against Chicago. J.D.'s best afternoon for receiving yardage was 96 at Los Angeles (on four catches). He was involved in the Bills' longest pass play of the season, a 55-yard gainer against the Rams.
J.D. was Buffalo's second leading receiver in 1973 when he caught 29 for 422 yards. His 42-yard gain on a pass from Joe Ferguson was the Bills' longest aerial success of 1973. His personal career single game high marks are eight receptions (twice in 1972), 129 yards (1972) and 58 yards on a pass play (1972). Selected as a member of the 1972 AFC Pro Bowl team, J.D. led the Bills with 52 catches in '72 and ranked fourth in the AFC.
He has blazing speed, and has also seen service as both a kickoff and punt returner. The top draft choice of the Bills in 1971, injuries cut his rookie season to five games. Hill presently ranks fifth on Buffalo's list of all-time leading receivers.
Hill was the Most Valuable Player on Arizona State's undefeated (11-0) 1970 club and was included on every major All-America team. He was Senior Bowl MVP and a member of the College All-Star squad. He also ran the 100 and the 220 for the Arizona State track team; J.D.'s best times were 9.3 for the 100 and 20.3 for the 220.
J.D.'s major subjects at Arizona State were physical education and elementary education. He was one of the motivating forces behind two off-season football clinics, named in his honor, for disadvantaged youth; the free clinic in Phoenix, Arizona was attended 26 NFL players and drew 1,200 youngsters. J.D. is greatly interested in charitable work, particularly with young people. Dancing and singing are his hobbies."

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1975 Profile: Gary Hayman

Running Back
No. 21
Penn State
"Hayman suffered a broken leg in the fourth period of the Oakland game and was sidelined for the remainder of the season. He was playing in relief of a hobbled O.J. Simpson at the time he was injured. Hayman carried seven times against the Raiders for 31 yards and a 4.1 average.
He moved from wide receiver, where he played in college, to running back during the preseason and showed excellent instincts as a runner. Gary will get a long look in the new position during training camp. He had two punt returns for 13 yards in 1974.
Gary was the nation's leading punt returner in 1973. He logged 23 returns for 442 yards, an average of 19.2, and one touchdown. Gary also led Nittany Lions pass receivers with 30 catches. He has played both tailback and flanker. He missed both the 1970 and 1971 seasons.
Gary is a political science major with an eye toward a law degree. He worked for a Buffalo employment agency during the off-season."

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1975 Profile: Clint Haslerig

Running Back
No. 47
Michigan
"Haslerig finished up the season as a running back after also getting looks as a defensive back and as a wide receiver. He did not carry from scrimmage but showed promise of developing in a new position. He got into nine games, mostly as a special teams performer, after joining the Bills on waivers from Chicago. Clint was drafted number four by San Francisco.
He was a teammate of Paul Seymour and Reggie McKenzie at Michigan. He lettered three years a wide receiver for the Maize and Blue and earned a monogram in track. Haslerig was Michigan's second leading receiver as a senior with 13 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown. He returned six kickoffs for 127 yards. Clint was an all-around athlete at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.
Clint majored in psychology at Michigan. He comes from a family of seven children."

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Monday, November 9, 2015

1975 Profile: Dwight Harrison

Cornerback
No. 28
Texas A & I
"Harrison continued to improve in his second season as a Buffalo defensive starter. He was bothered by injuries but still appeared in 13 games. He had an interception against Miami and returned it 24 yards to set up a Buffalo touchdown.
Harrison switched from wide receiver to cornerback just prior to the start of the 1973 season and made his first start on defense against the Jets in Buffalo. He finished '73 as Buffalo's top interceptor with five thefts and returns totalling 117 yards, a 23.4 average. Dwight's 31-yard touchdown return of a Marty Domres pass in the 1973 game at Baltimore brought the Bills a dramatic 24-17 victory over the Colts. The longest interception return of his career, 38 yards, came against against the Dolphins in '73 at the Orange Bowl. Dwight also picked off a pair of passes against Cincinnati [that year]. A second round draft choice of the Broncos in 1971, he came from Denver in exchange for Haven Moses in October of 1972.
He was a standout defensive back and receiver at Texas A&I and 'Flanker of the Decade' in the Lone Star conference. All-Conference and a Kodak All-America selection, Harrison played in the Oil Bowl game and was Texas A&I's most valuable player. A cornerstone of the track squad, he once turned in a 9.5 for the 100-yard dash, a 6-8 high jump and a 24-10 long jump.
Business management was his college major, and forestry and conservation are his career interests. Dwight plays both the clarinet and piano. Hunting and fishing are his hobbies."

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1975 Profile: Halvor Hagen

Offensive Tackle
No. 76
Weber State
"Hagen filled in for the sidelined Donnie Green in the Houston, Miami, Cleveland and Baltimore games in 1974. He did an excellent job in only his second season as an offensive lineman- he switched from defense to offense late in the 1973 season.
He started four games of the 1973 season at left defensive end, made one other appearance in a reserve role and spent nine games on the inactive list. Halvor was part of the April 1973 trade with New England that also brought Jim Cheyunski and Mike Montler to Buffalo. A third round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys in 1969, he was traded to New England in 1971.
Halvor attended Shoreline Community College for two years before moving to Weber State. He played defensive end for the Wildcats and was chosen for the Coaches All-America Game.
His hobbies are flying and skiing."

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1975 Profile: Tony Greene

Free Safety
No. 43
Maryland
"Greene developed into one of the premiere free safeties in professional football during the 1974 season. He ranked second in the league in interceptions with nine despite missing the final two games of the season with a knee injury. Greene equalled Tom Janik's 1967 record with pass interceptions in four consecutive games and was within one of the Bills season record for thefts. He was voted by his teammates as Buffalo's Most Valuable Player of 1974 and was elected as the Bills' permanent defensive captain for last season.
He consistently made the big play for the Buffalo defense. Tony had a 105-yard interception return for a touchdown- a play that would have put him in the NFL record book- called back at Miami. His knee injury against Baltimore required surgery, sidelining him for the final two games and the playoffs; he worked hard on a rehabilitation program during the off-season.
Tony was a starter at both cornerback and safety in 1973 and still has the versatility and speed to play either position. A tough, determined competitor, he first won a starting job in 1972 after playing mainly on special teams as a rookie. Greene returned kickoffs in 1972 and 1973.
Captain of Maryland's 1970 squad, Greene led the Atlantic Coast Conference in interceptions and was voted as the Terrapins' outstanding defensive back as both a junior and a senior. A sprinter for the Maryland track team, he set records in the 50 (5.3 seconds), 60 (6.0) and 100 (9.5).
Tony majored in physical education at Maryland and would like to get into counseling or human relations as a career. He's dedicated to many charitable causes in the Buffalo community. He worked as a representative of the Commerce Department's Business Management Fellowship Program Buffalo during the off-season. Tony enjoys music and movies."

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1975 Profile: Donnie Green

Offensive Tackle
No. 74
Purdue
"Green missed four starts last season due to an appendectomy. He was operated on after the game at New England and did not return to service until the Jet game at Shea Stadium. One of the Bills' most consistent offensive linemen, Green has been a starting Buffalo tackle for four seasons- longer than any player on the Bills' offensive line. He's one of the biggest men on the Buffalo roster and an outstanding blocker with excellent speed and mobility. Donnie was the unlikely receiver of a pass (for no yards) in the Miami game in Buffalo.
He was listed as an honorable mention on AP and UPI's 1970 college All-America teams, was captain of the Purdue squad as a senior and won an invitation to the American Bowl game in Tampa. Donnie once set a Boilermaker freshman record in the shot put with a throw of 49-7.
Donnie took a physical education course at Purdue and is interested in social work. One of his hobbies is singing."

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1975 Profile: Reuben Gant

Tight End
No. 88
Oklahoma State
"A preseason shoulder injury prevented Gant from making a serious challenge for a starting berth as a rookie. He suffered a separation in the Hall of Fame Game against St. Louis and missed almost the entire preseason. Reuben got into 13 regular season games, mostly in double tight end situations. His only pass reception of 1974 was in the Canton game (for 38 yards)- the play on which he was injured. He was Buffalo's number one choice in the '74 college draft.
Gant was a three-time honorable mention All-Big Eight and played both tight end and wide receiver at Oklahoma State. His career statistics were 35 receptions for 779 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was considered the best downfield blocker on the Cowboy offensive line. Reuben earned an invitation to the College All-Star Game in Lubbock, Texas. He also collected two letters in basketball.
Reuben's Oklahoma State major was radio-tv, film and public relations and he looks toward a career in broadcasting. He comes from a family of eight children. His hobbies include jazz music, horseback riding and hunting."

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1975 Profile: Dave Foley

Offensive Tackle
No. 78
Ohio State
"A regular member of the Bills' offensive line for three seasons, Foley started every regular season game for the second straight year. He was picked as a member of the AFC Pro Bowl squad in 1974. Foley is a consistent player and strong blocker particularly in running situations.
He reached Buffalo on waivers from the Jets just prior to the beginning of the 1972 season and was a starter in 12 games his first year with the Bills. Dave was a number one draft pick of the Jets in 1969 and a New York regular in 1970. He injured a knee against Buffalo as a rookie and has had knee surgery.
Dave was an All-America and All-Big Ten tackle on Ohio State's 1968 National Champions when the Buckeyes defeated USC, led by O.J. Simpson, in the 1969 Rose Bowl game. An Academic All-America choice, he played in the College All-Star Game against the New York Jets. He also won three OSU letters in track.
Dave earned his B.S. in industrial engineering and worked during the off-season as a life insurance agent. He donated his off-season speaking fees to the Springfield, Ohio YMCA for the purchase of a Nautilus machine. His hobbies include handball, fishing and golf."

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

1975 Profile: Joe Ferguson

Quarterback
No. 12
Arkansas
"Ferguson improved in every statistical department while leading the Bills to a second consecutive 9-5 season. He was the AFC leader in passing effectiveness for six consecutive weeks and the league passing pacesetter for much of the same period. Joe ranked seventh among Conference passers in final statistics and 12th overall in the NFL. His attempts were up 68 over 1973, completions by 46, yardage by 649, passing percentage by 6.8 and touchdown passes by eight.
He hung up a record single game completion percentage of 81.3 (13-of-16) at Green Bay and suffered a single game high of six interceptions on a frustrating afternoon against Houston. The best day of his pro career was at New England last fall when he achieved personal highs for single game completions (16) and passing yards (247). Joe's most attempts in one game were 28 (Houston) and most touchdown passes were three (Oakland and New England).
Joe has started every regular season game since joining the club as a rookie. He already ranks third on the Bills all-time passing list with 192 completions and 2,527 yards in two seasons, and has rushed for 258 yards in two seasons, a 2.6 average per carry. Joe has established himself as a top-flight NFL quarterback. He made the UPI All-Rookie team in 1973 when he was the only first-year player in the League to start every game at quarterback.
Ferguson was an All-America quarterback at Arkansas and was voted MVP in the Southwest Conference and a member of the All-Conference team as a junior. He set a number of Razorback passing records for Coach Frank Broyles and was named to the North-South Shrine Game, Hula Bowl and College All-Star squads.
A physical education major, Joe hopes to someday coach. Hunting and fishing are his favorite forms of recreation. Joe worked during the off-season as an assistant coach and member of the PE staff at Northwestern State University in Louisiana."

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1975 Profile: Earl Edwards

Defensive End
No. 73
Wichita
"Edwards has been a Buffalo defensive leader for two seasons. Second to teammate Mike Kadish in tackles by a lineman, he was credited with 57 solo stops and 34 assists. He sacked opposing quarterbacks nine times, leading the club in that department. Used at both end and tackle, Edwards exerts tremendous pressure on the quarterback. He recovered from an off-season bout with hepatitis.
Earl was traded from the 49ers to the Bills in September 1973 for Randy Jackson and a draft choice and was an end for most of the '73 season. He was cited by the Buffalo Evening News as Buffalo's MVP on defense in 1973. Earl was a 49er for three seasons and was a starter in San Francisco in both 1971 and 1972. He played some offense (tight end) as a 49er rookie. A fifth round draft choice of San Francisco in 1969, he was with Edmonton in the Canadian League for two years.
Edwards played two years at Wichita where he was Sophomore Lineman of the Year. An All-Conference, All-Midwest and honorable mention All-America choice, he was credited with 15 unassisted tackles in a game against Drake University.
Earl was a physical education and journalism major at Wichita. He was honored as Florida Male Professional Athlete of the Year by the Tampa Bay Area Businessman's Association. Together with seven other pro athletes in the San Francisco Bay Area, Earl formed an association called Bay Area Professional Athletes Inc. which staged a number of benefit football clinics for underprivileged youth. He's twice a participant in the NFL-United Way 'Great Moments' public service series for television. Earl is part owner of Joseph Roberts Originals, Inc., a San Francisco men's clothier."

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1975 Profile: Joe DeLamielleure

Guard
No. 68
Michigan State
"Joe was Buffalo's most consistent offensive lineman in 1974. He has started for the Bills in every regular season game since joining the club as a rookie. He's excellent at pulling to lead running plays and is a strong pass blocker as well. Joe is expected to show continued improvement
One of the Bills' two number one draft choices in 1973, Joe was named to the NFL All-Rookie team by UPI. Joe is expected to show continued improvement as he becomes more experienced.
Joe was an offensive guard and a tackle for Duffy Daugherty at Michigan State. He was three times an All-Big 10 choice and made the All-America team as a senior. Selected UPI Lineman of the Week following the 1972 Michigan State-Purdue game, Joe earned invitations to the North-South Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
His Michigan State major was criminal justice and he hopes to work in the area of juvenile probation. Handball and basketball are his favorite spare time pursuits. Joe comes from a family of 10 children."

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

1975 Profile: Don Croft

Defensive End
No. 72
Texas-El Paso
"Slow to recover from knee surgery, Croft appeared as a defensive reserve in only six games. His longest stint of the year was against the Jets [at New York] when he had three tackles and three assists.
Don suffered an injury in 1973 training camp and missed the entire season. He was a starter at defensive tackle in 1972 after joining the team on waivers from Baltimore. A good pass rusher, Don has been employed at both defensive tackle and end. He was a fifth round draft choice of the Colts in '72.
A three-year starter at defensive tackle for Texas-El Paso, Croft was All-Western Athletic Conference and an honorable mention All-America choice as a senior. He won postseason invitations to the North-South Shrine Game and the Coaches All-America contest. Don received the Texas-El Paso 'Gold Helmet' award for his play against Texas at Arlington in 1971.
Don was awarded a degree in general business, has worked in a Buffalo men's shop during the off-season and would like to be in business for himself someday. He's the honorary chairman of the March of Dimes Walkathon.
Horse racing is his favorite form of entertainment, and hunting and fishing are his hobbies. Don plays the guitar."

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Monday, November 2, 2015

1975 Profile: Neal Craig

Strong Safety
No. 42
Fisk
"Neal became a regular at strong safety after coming to the Bills in a trade in August of 1974. He intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown at Baltimore and recovered a fumble.
A three-year starter in the Cincinnati secondary, Neal was a seventh round selection of the Bengals in the 1971 college draft. He picked off five passes in his Bengal career and returned one for a touchdown in the AFC playoff game against Miami in 1973. His nickname is 'Kojack.'
Neal played for Cincinnati Taft High School and was a teammate of Robert James at Fisk University. His college major was sociology.
He worked during the off-season in the Department of Commerce's Business Management Fellowship Program. Neal is very active in civic affairs and was the Bengals' Man of the Year winner for his work with charitable organizations. He had a $1,000 college scholarship awarded in his name and has a playground in Cincinnati named after him."

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