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282. Ron McDole

Ron McDole’s professional football career got off to a slow start as the former Nebraska Cornhusker did not accomplish much in 1961 as a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals.  1962 was worse, as he migrated to the Houston Oilers of the American Football League and played even less.

McDole made the Buffalo Bills in 1963, and he went from journeyman to AFL star.  Playing mostly at Defensive End, McDole became a two-time AFL All-Star and helped take the Bills to two AFL Championships (1964 & 1965).  McDole remained with Buffalo until the end of the 1970 season, and he would be named a Second Team All-AFL player.

McDole’s career wasn’t over, as he played another 114 Games with his new team, the Washington Redskins, starting all but seven. He was never chosen for a Pro Bowl in Washington, but he was in contention for more than a few, and when it was all said and done, McDole had a long and productive 18-year career.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Chester, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 1984
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Games Played: 240
  • Notable Statistics: 12 Interceptions
    115 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    14 Fumble Reocveries
    25 Fumble Reocvery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    77.5 Quarterback Sacks*
    144 Approximate Value

    11 Playoff Games
    1 Fumble Recovery
    0 Fumble Recovery Yards
    3.5 Quarterback Sacks*

    *Sacks were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.
  • Played For: Buffalo Bills, Houston Oilers, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Redskins
  • College: Nebraska
  • Drafted: 4th Round, 50th Overall in 1961
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    AFL Champion (Buffalo Bills 1964 & 1965)
    First Team All-Pro (1) (1966)
    Second Team All-Pro (2) (1967 & 1968)
    AFL All-Star (2) (1965 & 1967)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Recoveries (1) (1965)
    Top Ten Finishes: Quarterback Sacks (1) (1966)* **

    *Sacks were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    68. Games Started: 208
    77. Games Played: 240
    82. Approximate Value: 144

Should Ron McDole be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 33.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 66.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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