Friday, December 4, 2015

1976 Profile: Bob Chandler

Wide Receiver
No. 81
"He was the AFC's third leading pass catcher last season and sixth best in the league.
'I agree with O.J.,' he says. 'All the stats don't mean a thing if you don't get into the Super Bowl.'"

-John Devaney, Schenley Pro Football Guide 1976

"Chandler enjoyed his best season in the NFL last year with 55 catches good for 746 yards and six touchdowns, ranking sixth among all NFL pass catchers. It was the best season by a Bills receiver since 1970 when Marlin Briscoe had 57 catches.
Bob's best game was the first loss to Miami when he caught eight passes for 96 yards. He had seven catches for 118 yards against Baltimore. Bob missed only one game, with a rib injury, after being slowed most of the 1974 season with a knee injury which surgery corrected in the off-season. He led the Bills in receiving in 1973 with 30 catches for 427 yards and three touchdowns.
Chandler runs precise patterns and relies on his ability to find open spaces and his sure hands. He's the holder on conversions and field goal tries. He currently has 130 career receptions, ranking him seventh on the all-time Bills list.
Bob was captain and an All-Pacific Eight flanker for the USC Trojans. He was Player of the Game in Southern California's 1970 Rose Bowl victory over Michigan, and played in the East-West Shrine game. Bob caught eight passes for 115 yards and one touchdown in his first game as a USC starter.
He led USC in pass receptions in each of his three varsity seasons. A member of the USC track team, his events were the long jump, the high jump and the triple jump.
During the off-season Bob attends law school and will soon have a law degree. He has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program and is a talented golfer. He was a finance major at USC with a minor in physical education."

-Buffalo Bills 1976 Yearbook

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