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

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