Thursday, June 23, 2016

1977 Profile: Robert James

No. 20
"A knee injury suffered in a preseason game against Los Angeles in 1975 has kept him out of action for two full seasons. Robert's slow rehabilitation process finally made significant gains over the winter and he has now has hopes for a comeback in 1977. His return would be a big plus in the defensive secondary.
Robert was a unanimous All-NFL choice at cornerback in 1973 and 1974, and a consensus All-AFC selection and member of the AFC Pro Bowl squad in 1972, 1973 and 1974. He shares with O.J. Simpson the distinction of being the senior member of the Bills. Robert was originally signed as a free agent out of Fisk University. He won a starting role at cornerback in 1970 after playing mainly on special teams. He wears contact lenses on the field.
A linebacker and defensive end for Fisk and an All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference choice, Robert is the first Fisk University product to gain prominence in pro ball. He was Fisk's most valuable gridder in 1968, and also 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 in 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 1977 Press-Radio-TV Guide

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