Friday, December 4, 2015

1976 Profile: Merv Krakau

Middle Linebacker
No. 52
Iowa State
"Krakau started nine games at linebacker last year and played in all 14 contests. He tied with Tony Greene for the leadership in fumble recoveries with three and also had a pass interception against Pittsburgh. Merv played mostly in the middle when the Bills used a 4-3 lineup.
Merv appeared in 11 games in 1974 and had a key pass interception in the Bills' 29-28 win over New England. His rapid development in 1973 made him one of the sleepers of the '73 draft. He started the opening game of the 1973 season at middle linebacker when Jim Cheyunski was injured. Merv is also a strong special teams 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. Merv was named National Lineman of the Week for his performance against Nebraska in 1972; his 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."

-Buffalo Bills 1976 Yearbook

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