"Ruud appeared in 14 games in 1976 as a backup outside linebacker and special team player. He returned six short kickoffs 68 yards, an 11.3 average. Tom was credited with 26 tackles (19 unassisted) and one fumble recovery last year.
The Bills' top draft choice in 1975, Ruud started three games in 1975 after arriving late at training camp due to contractual problems. He appeared in all 14 games that year.
A unanimous All-Big Eight selection in 1974, Tom also earned Associated Press All-American honorable mention. He led the Cornhuskers with 104 tackles that fall 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.
A business major interested in banking and public relations, Tom lists music, hunting, fishing and skiing as his hobbies. He has five sisters and a brother."
-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Guide