Sunday, October 16, 2016

1977 Profile: John Skorupan

Linebacker
No. 55
Penn State
"Skorupan was a regular at outside linebacker again in 1976, starting all 14 games. He finished the season as the team's fourth leading tackler, with 54 unassisted and 31 assists, and was also credited with a sack and seven passes deflected. He started all 14 games in 1975 after coming back from knee surgery that knocked him out of the final eight games of the 1974 season. John had the first pass interception of his career in a Monday Night game against the New York Giants in 1975 and added another interception against the Patriots last fall, setting up a last-second first half field goal. The Bills' sixth round draft choice in 1973, he made the UPI All-Rookie team that year.
John was one of the outstanding defensive players in the East as a senior at Penn State and a consensus All-America selection. He was voted AP Lineman of the Week after the Nittany Lions' 1973 victory over Navy; he had 15 unassisted tackles, three sacks of the quarterback and returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown against the Midshipmen. John was on Penn State's Sugar and Cotton Bowl elevens, and a member of the Hula Bowl and College All-Star squads.
John worked last winter for the Department of Commerce's National Alliance of Business program in Buffalo. He had worked in real estate the previous year. Golf and skiing are among his hobbies."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook

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