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."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

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