Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1978 Profile: Joe DeLamielleure

No. 68
Michigan State
"Joe D.; let's leave it at that. All-Pro the last two years, the second time made Joe feel great because he did it without for O.J. Simpson for most of the season.
An outstanding blocker, both in run and pass situations, he's been a starter since '73, when the Bills drafted him in the first round. Reggie McKenzie was O.J.'s 'main man,' but Joe D. is considered the better guard. He gives juice to the 'Electric Company,' which gave juice to the Juice.
Born in Detroit, Joe lives in Center Line, Michigan even though he plays just to the right of center. One of 10 children, he was an outstanding lineman at Michigan State and in the East-West Shrine Game. Joe works as a banker in the off-season."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1978 Edition

"In 1977, for the third consecutive season, Joe was the Bills' most honored offensive lineman. He was accorded All-Pro recognition last season and saw action in the Pro Bowl at Tampa last January.
In five straight years with the Bills, Joe has started every game and now ranks as one of the most outstanding guards in pro football. Named to the NFL All-Rookie team for the 1973 season in a poll taken by UPI, he was an offensive guard and tackle in college.
Joe is one of the best racquetball players on the Bills' squad."

-1978 Topps, No. 20

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1978 Profile: Jim Braxton

No. 34
West Virginia
"Roll out the barrel. Hey, why is this offensive guard carrying the ball? Braxton looked fat, slow and over-the-hill last year after an 800-yard season two years before. Maybe Braxton, a damaging blocker, missed O.J. Whatever, he looked like a man in need of a physical overhaul.
Born in Vanderbilt, PA, Braxton starred at West Virginia, where he also threw the discus. The Bills drafted him in the third round of the 1971 draft. He tore ligaments, which wiped him out for the '76 season; maybe he was still feeling the effects last year. He has had a weight problem throughout his NFL career.
Braxton works for the governor of West Virginia in the off-season, speaking mainly to young people. He collects coins as a hobby."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1978 Edition

"Ranked among the top four all-time Bills rushers, Jim has scored three touchdowns in four different games during his career. He's a strong runner, and a clever receiver and blocker.
Coin collecting is one of Jim's hobbies."

-1978 Topps, No. 114

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

1978 Profile: Bob Chandler

Wide Receiver
No. 81
"Guess who has led all NFL wide receivers in receptions the last two years. No, not Drew Pearson, Cliff Branch or Sammy White ... Bob Chandler. That's right, Bob Chandler. Don't be surprised. Chandler is underrated but talented. He had 60 receptions last year, 176 the last three but always watches the Pro Bowl on TV.
Born in Long Beach, California, Chandler started his USC career as a quarterback, and in his first game as a wide receiver caught eight passes. He scored the only touchdown of the 1970 Rose Bowl when he was voted Player of the Game. He's a talented athlete who was on the USC track team and now tears up golf courses. Chandler is closing in on his law degree and is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1978 Edition

"One of the NFL's most outstanding wide receivers, Bob runs precise patterns and relies on quickness and moves plus sure hands. He is the holder on conversions and field goals.
Bob participated in the long jump, high jump and triple jump at USC."

1978 Topps, No. 85

Thursday, April 6, 2017

1978 Profile: Joe Ferguson

No. 12
"Ranked 13th in AFC passing ... say it isn't so, Joe. He has had moments of greatness but has been an overall disappointment: 12 touchdowns and 24 interceptions last year. Without O.J. Simpson, Ferguson still led the AFC in passing yardage with 2,803. But he is a 50 per cent passer, nothing more. A streak passer, his career statistics are 52 touchdowns and 74 interceptions.
Born in Alvin, Texas, he grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and attended the same high school as Terry Bradshaw. Ferguson fell off his last year at Arkansas, but the Bills drafted him third in 1973. He has been their starting quarterback since he was a rookie.
Joe wants to coach someday. He breeds and raises Arabian horses."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1978 Edition

"Joe set the Bills' passing mark for highest completion percentage in one game with 81.3%. It came when he hit on 13 of 16 passes against the Packers in 1974.
He made the UPI All-Rookie team in 1973 when he started every game.
Joe is involved in breeding and raising Arabian horses."

-1978 Topps, No. 339