"Ruud started three of the final four games last year and appeared in all 14 at outside linebacker. He was hampered by his late arrival and missed most of training camp, yet showed the speed and agility that could make him a top linebacker. The Bills' number one draft choice in 1975, Tom will be counted on in 1976.
A unanimous All-Big Eight selection in 1974, Tom also earned Associated Press All-American honorable mention. He led the Cornhuskers with 104 tackles while adding three fumble recoveries and two pass interceptions.
Tom was an All-Academic Big Eight choice in both 1973 and 1974 and finished his career with 209 tackles. He played in the Senior Bowl last winter.
A business major interested in banking and public relations, he lists music, hunting, fishing and skiing as his hobbies. He has five sisters and a brother."
-Buffalo Bills 1976 Yearbook