Friday, December 4, 2015

1976 Profile: Marv Bateman

No. 7
"The second leading punter in the AFC in 1975 with a 41.6-yard average, Bateman had two kicks blocked or his average would have been higher. He had a 74-yard kick against the Jets on opening day, the longest of his career and the second longest in Bills history. Over the final nine games he averaged 44.2 yards per kick.
Marv was signed by the Bills as a free agent on November 13, 1974 and averaged nearly 44 yards per kick in the final five games of the '74 season. He was a third round choice of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1972 college draft. Marv's career average of 42.4 with the Bills is the best ever, and his overall career average of 40.5 (with Dallas and Buffalo) ranks him among the top active AFC punters.
One of the great collegiate punters, Bateman led the nation in both 1970 and 1971, averaging 48.1 as a senior at Utah. He was selected to the Sporting News All-America team.
Marv worked during the off-season to earn his real estate license and gave punting clinics in Nebraska and Iowa. He's interested in residential property sales."

-Buffalo Bills 1976 Yearbook

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