Thursday, April 28, 2016

1977 Profile: Joe Devlin

Offensive Tackle
No. 70
"A very promising second-year player who appeared in all 14 games last year, mostly on special teams, but started the final two games of the season at right tackle and played very well opposite Bill Stanfill of Miami and Fred Cook of Baltimore. Joe developed very well as the 1976 season progressed and will be a prime candidate for a starting berth this year. He has excellent athletic ability and body strength.
Devlin was a first team All-America selection of the Sporting News, an honorable mention UPI All-America and first team All-Big Ten in 1975. He was a three-year starter at Iowa, playing at both guard and tackle, and was invited to the 1975 Blue-Gray Game.
He is a liberal arts major interested in conservation and forestry management. His brother, Robert, plays basketball at Maryland and another brother, Mark, plays football at Penn State. Joe's hobbies include hunting, camping, fishing, music and boxing."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

1977 Profile: Joe DeLamielleure

No. 68
Michigan State
"He was on the All-Pro team for the second time. O.J. calls Joe and fellow guard Reggie McKenzie 'my main men.'
Joe has a degree in criminal justice from Michigan State."

-John Devaney, Pro Football Guide 1977

"Sportswriters wish he'd change his name to Joe D. Defensive tackles wish he'd find another line of work. Joe is extremely durable and a tremendous straight-ahead blocker. A Pro Bowler the past two years and regarded as one of the best guards in the NFL, he's responsible for a lot of those big bucks in O.J.'s pocket.
Born in Detroit and one of ten children, Joe learned to be competitive at an early age. He was three times an All-Big Ten choice and his major at Michigan State was criminal law. A first round draft choice in 1973, Joe has been the starter since the first game of his rookie year and has lived up to expectations."

-Rich Kucner, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1977 Edition

"For the second year in a row, Joe was the Bills' most honored lineman. He was a consensus All-Pro selection, and for the second year in a row, picked to play in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, this year as a starter. Joe was selected by the Wisconsin Pro Football Writers as the Offensive Lineman of the Year. Two years of honors make him the most recognized Buffalo lineman since Billy Shaw.
In four straight years he has started every game and now ranks as one of the top guards in the NFL. Named to the NFL All-Rookie team by UPI in 1973, Joe was one of two number one draft choices [for Buffalo] in 1973.
Joe was an offensive guard and a tackle for Duffy Daugherty at Michigan State. He was three times an All-Big 10 choice and made the All-America team as a senior. Selected UPI Lineman of the Week following the 1972 Michigan State-Purdue game, Joe earned invitations to the North-South Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
Joe's Michigan State major was criminal justice and he spent one winter working with the Erie County Sheriff's Department. In the last two years he has worked in the off-season with a bank. He's one of the best raquetball players on the squad and also enjoys golf. Joe comes from a family of 10 children."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Guide

Monday, April 18, 2016

1977 Profile: Bo Cornell

No. 30
"Bo appeared in all 14 games in 1976 and started one game (against Baltimore) when the Bills began with the 3-4 defensive alignment. He was credited with nine tackles, mostly on special teams.
He started 11 games at outside linebacker in 1975 when Buffalo used the 3-4 exclusively. He was switched from fullback to linebacker during the 1973 season. Very effective on special teams, Bo was special teams captain during the 1974 season. A second round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1971, the Bills gave up a draft choice to acquire him in May 1973.
Bo was a fullback at the University of Washington. He was chosen second team All-Coast and All-Pacific 8 Conference, and was an honorable mention All-America. His postseason appearances included the East-West Shrine Game and the Coaches All-America Game.
An economics major at Washington, Bo has traveled to Luxembourg and Mexico in the off-season. Last winter he was popular on the banquet circuit around Western New York. Skiing is one of his hobbies."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook

Thursday, April 14, 2016

1977 Profile: Fred Coleman

Tight End
No. 84
Northeast Louisiana
"Fred appeared in seven games in 1976, mostly on special teams, before injuring his knee and being placed on the injured list for the final three games of the season. He was impressive during preseason training camp with both his blocking and receiving skills.
He was an honorable mention AP All-America in 1975 after earning second team AP All-America college division honors as a junior. Coleman caught 43 passes for 580 yards that year to lead Northeast Louisiana in receiving. He earned Offensive Player of the Week honors in 1974 after his 22-yard touchdown catch helped beat Eastern Michigan. He's a strong blocker with 76 career receptions.
Fred is a social work major who is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Music and reading are his hobbies and he is interested in social welfare."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook

Monday, April 11, 2016

1977 Profile: Mario Clark

No. 29
"An architecture and real estate major in college, he enjoys reupholstering furniture. The Bills are using him as a centerpiece to reupholster their defense. Next to O.J., he's probably the best athlete on the Buffalo roster.
A first round draft pick last year, Clark had a good rookie year, but it could have been even better if the Bills had a pass rush. A regular at left corner, he led the Bill secondary with 18 pass knockdowns and intercepted two. Not a flashy type, but he could develop into one of the best in the league.
Born in Pasadena, Clark was an All-Pac 8 choice at Oregon and was Defensive Player of the Game in the Senior Bowl. He was burned occasionally as a rookie, but the overall indication was of a bright future."

-Rich Kucner, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1977 Edition

"Mario started 14 games at left cornerback last year and became a very reliable performer, improving with every game. Named to the NFL All-Rookie team, he lived up to his billing as a No. 1 draft choice.
He had a pair of pass interceptions, recovered a fumble and was credited with defensing 18 passes. He was involved in 63 tackles, including 44 solo efforts.
Clark was an All-Pacific Eight selection of both AP and UPI, and an honorable mention AP All-America. He was a four-year letterman with 13 career interceptions, and the first freshman in Pacific Eight history to be named National Player of the Week when he was honored after making two interceptions in Oregon's 15-13 upset of Stanford in 1972. Mario appeared in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl and was named defensive player of the game in the Senior Bowl.
Mario is an architecture and real estate major whose hobbies include music and re-upholstering furniture."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Radio-TV-Radio Guide

Monday, April 4, 2016

1977 Profile: Bob Chandler

Wide Receiver
No. 81
"The most underrated wide receiver in the NFL. No other NFL receiver caught as many as he did last year.  Buffalo's one-man receiving corps, Chandler had 61 catches last year- the next best total on the team was 22- and caught 10 of Buffalo's 16 touchdown passes. Not fast, but he has excellent hands and runs good patterns. The players voted him the Bills MVP last year. A seventh round draft choice in 1971, Chandler has 117 receptions the last two years.
Born in Long Beach, California, he was the team captain at Southern Cal. He's an off-season law student at Western State (CA) and is a good golfer. Chandler is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes."

-Rich Kucner, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1977 Edition

"Chandler led all wide receivers in the NFL in 1976 with 61 catches for 824 yards. His 10 touchdown receptions tied a Buffalo record set by Elbert Dubenion in 1964. His reception total was the second best in Buffalo history (Bill Miller caught 69 passes in 1963) and his yardage total was the best since 1970 when Marlin Briscoe caught passes good for 1,063 yards.
He currently ranks second on the Bills all-time receiving list with 191 catches, 2,673 yards and 25 touchdowns. Bob has caught 116 passes in the last two years, more than anyone in the NFL.
Bob caught three touchdown passes in the Kansas City game, all in the first half, to tie another Buffalo mark. He had the longest catch of his career in 1976, a 58-yard touchdown pass in the Tampa Bay game.
He caught 55 passes in 1975 despite missing a game with a rib injury. He was slowed most of the 1974 season with a knee injury which was corrected by surgery in the off-season. Chandler led the Bills in receiving in 1973.
He runs precise patterns and relies on his quickness, his moves and his sure hands. He's the holder on conversions and field goal tries.
Bob was captain and an All-Pacific Eight flanker for the USC Trojans. He was Player of the Game in Southern California's 1970 Rose Bowl victory over Michigan, and played in the East-West Shrine game. Bob caught eight passes for 115 yards and one touchdown in his first game as a USC starter.
He led USC in pass receptions in each of his three varsity seasons. A member of the USC track team, his events were the long jump, the high jump and the triple jump.
During the off-season Bob attends law school and will soon have a law degree. He has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program and is a talented golfer. He was a finance major at USC with a minor in physical education."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook

Friday, April 1, 2016

1977 Profile: Cliff Brooks

No. 23
Tennessee State
"Brooks appeared in one game last year after being signed as a free agent. A second round pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 1972 NFL draft, he was a part-time starter with the Browns before being traded to Philadelphia in the 1975 preseason for a fourth round draft choice. Cliff played in all 14 games with the Eagles in 1975.
A Little All-America defensive back in 1971, Cliff returned an interception for a touchdown. He played in the Blue-Gray, Grantland Rice and Senior Bowl games.
Cliff was a business administration major. He was an all-state quarterback at Dunbar (Texas) High School."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-TV-Radio Guide