Saturday, November 7, 2015

1975 Profile: Joe Ferguson

No. 12
"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."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

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