Friday, December 4, 2015

1976 Profile: Robert James

No. 20
"Robert suffered a knee injury in a preseason game against Los Angeles that put him out for the season and his loss was felt deeply in the Bills' secondary. Defensive improvement in 1976 depends on his return to health.
He was a unanimous All-NFL choice at cornerback in 1973 and 1974 and a consensus All-Conference selection and member of the AFC Pro Bowl squad in 1972, 1973 and 1974. Robert shares with O.J. Simpson the distinction of being the senior member of the Bills.
One of the best man-to-man defenders in the NFL, Robert was originally signed as a free agent out of Fisk. He won a starting role at cornerback in 1970 after playing mainly on special teams as a rookie. Robert is one of the team's inspirational leaders.
Robert was a linebacker and defensive end for Fisk and was an All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference choice. He's the first Fisk University product to gain prominence in pro ball. Fisk's most valuable gridder in 1968, Robert was also the conference champion in the 60-yard high hurdles and the 120-yard intermediate hurdles. His top collegiate hurdle times were 7.5 in the 60's and 14.5 over the 120's.
Robert earned his Bachelor's degree in physical education. He's active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was once saluted by his hometown in 'Robert James Day' ceremonies. He would like to pursue a teaching career following his playing days."

-Buffalo Bills 1976 Yearbook

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