Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1977 Profile: Marv Bateman

No. 7
"The NFL's leading punter last season, he averaged 42 yards a kick and put 17 of his 86 punts inside the 20-yard line- the 'coffin corner' area. From Salt Lake City, he attended the University of Utah."

-John Devaney, Schenley Pro Football Guide 1977

"The leading punter in the NFL in 1976 with a 42.8-yard average on 86 punts, Bateman also had the longest kick of the season in the NFL, a 78-yard punt against Houston, tying a Bills record. He tied another Buffalo record with 11 punts in one game against Dallas. His 86 punts last year were the most since Paul Maguire had 100 during the 1968 season. Bateman was the second leading punter in the AFC in 1975 with a 41.6-yard average, with two kicks blocked.
Marv was signed by the Bills as a free agent in November 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 42.6 with the Bills is the best ever, and his overall career average of 41.1 (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 is interested in residential property sales."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook

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