Tuesday, August 30, 2016

1977 Profile: Bob Nelson

Middle Linebacker
No. 56
"Nelson appeared in 14 games last year, mostly on special teams and as a backup middle linebacker. He was involved in 19 tackles and credited with one sack.
He missed most of the 1975 season with a leg injury, being placed on injured reserve after three games. He will challenge for a starting spot in the middle this fall.
Nelson was a teammate, classmate and roommate of Tom Ruud, the Bills' first round pick in the 1975 draft. A second team All-Big Eight selection his last year and a standout performer in the Senior Bowl, he was involved in 198 tackles while picking up three varsity letters. Bob had a pair of fumble recoveries and a pass interception during his career.
A business education major interested in coaching, Bob has worked summers in a family ice cream plant."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook

Thursday, August 25, 2016

1977 Profile: Keith Moody

Cornerback-Punt Returner
No. 46
"One of the pleasant surprises of the 1976 season. A 10th round pick, Keith ended up leading the Bills in punt returns and kickoff returns and was second on the club with three pass interceptions for 63 yards. He appeared in all 14 games, started twice and was the number one backup at cornerback.
His 67-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Jets tied the game for the Bills and was the Bills' first touchdown on a punt return in three years. Keith was among the AFC leaders in returns in 1976, accumulating 687 return yards. He's quick and aggressive with a bright future.
Moody was an ECAC first team selection in 1975 as the top Syracuse defensive back and punt returner. He picked off six passes in '75 and returned 28 punts for an 8.1 yard average. He earned three letters and played in the American Bowl in 1975, but sat out the 1974 season.
A physical education major interested in counseling and public relations work, his college nickname is 'Juice.'"

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Guide

Friday, August 19, 2016

1977 Profile: Mike Montler

No. 53
"Montler put together another outstanding season in 1976, anchoring the offensive line. He now has started 49 straight games since moving in midway though the 1973 season to replace the injured Bruce Jarvis. Montler had a painful leg injury in 1974 but did not miss a start.
A steady, consistent player with a sense of humor that keeps the squad loose, Mike came to Buffalo from New England as a tackle but easily made the switch to center. He was involved in the trade that brought Jim Cheyunski and Halvor Hagen to the Bills. A second round draft choice of the Pats in 1969, Mike was a starter on the Patriots' offensive line for four years. He's the oldest man on the Bills' roster.
He won All-America and All-Big Eight honors as a tackle for Eddie Crowder at Colorado. Captain of the Buffaloes as a senior, he captured the Ernie Davis Memorial Award in the 1969 Coaches' All-America Game. Mike was a member of the Blue-Grey, Hula and Senior Bowl squads and the College All-Star team.
Mike played service football during a four-year tour in the Marine Corps. His duty stations included San Diego and Okinawa. His undergraduate major at Colorado was business with a minor in journalism. He's worked in the off-season with a Sheriff's department and in the PR departments of both a bank and a real estate firm. Mike is one of the squad's better racquetball players."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-TV-Radio Guide

Friday, August 12, 2016

1977 Profile: Reggie McKenzie

No. 67
"McKenzie has now started 71 straight games with the Bills over the past five seasons. He continues to refine the skills which earned him All-Pro and All-Conference honors in 1973 and 1974, and the Wisconsin Pro Football Writers' award as the NFL's top blocking lineman in 1973. An intense competitor with pride in the accomplishments of the Bills' line as a unit, Reggie has outstanding speed and the ability to get out in front of a play. He has outstanding leadership traits and is the Bills' player representative.
He was a consensus All-American for Bo Schembechler at Michigan and a member of two Michigan Rose Bowl teams (1970, 1972). A two-time All-Big Ten choice, Reggie won invitations to the Hula Bowl and to the College All-Star Game.
Reggie won his B.S. degree in physical education and has hopes of eventually earning his law degree. Active in the public service area, where he has worked for the United Way, he has worked in public relations for a local hotel. Music, reading and racquetball are Reggie's hobbies.
He has four brothers and three sisters is married to Gthellean Hicks, Miss Massachusetts of 1974."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook

Saturday, August 6, 2016

1977 Profile: Gary Marangi

No. 17
Boston College
"Marangi accounted for over 1,200 yards in passing and rushing in 1976 after replacing the injured Joe Ferguson midway through the season. He was the third leading rusher on the team with 230 yards and a 5.9-yard average- it was the second best rushing performance by a Bills quarterback ever, topped only by Daryle Lamonica's 289-yard total in 1964.
He had a pair of touchdown passes in the Jets game and against the Dolphins in Miami. Gary appeared in a total of nine games in 1976 after playing in five games in 1975. He underwent minor surgery this winter.
Marangi threw three touchdown passes in 1975, including the 64-yard completion to O.J. Simpson that marked the Juice's record breaking 23rd touchdown of the season. His first pro pass was a 44-yard touchdown bomb to J.D. Hill [in 1974] when Marangi came off the bench in the fourth quarter in Miami to spark a Buffalo comeback effort.
BC's starting quarterback for two seasons, Marangi finished as the Eagles' third leading passer of all time with 2,739 yards on 235 completions. A running threat as well from the BC wishbone, he was captain of the Eagles as a senior. An All-East and All-New England selection, Gary received the coaches award as BC's outstanding player. He played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the American Bowl.
Gary was a marketing major. He works in the winter training horses and has part ownership in a horse. His hobbies include all sports and his two Great Danes."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Guide