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46. John Tracey

John Tracey was taken in the Fourth Round by the Chicago Cardinals in 1959, and while the former Texas A&M was active for the Cards in his first two seasons (and a third with the Philadelphia Eagles), he was not a star by any means, and he was essentially castoff.  Luckily for Tracey, the American Football League made a nice landing spot for the Linebacker, and he signed with the Buffalo Bills in 1962.

Along with Mike Stratton and Henry Jacobs, Tracey was part of a fast and athletic Bills Linebacking corps.  The Bills defense was the key side of the ball that took Buffalo to an AFL Championship win in 1964 and 1965, and he was also an AFL All-Star twice (1965 & 1966). 

Tracey retired after the 1967 season, and he would have 11 Interceptions for Buffalo.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Signed before the 1962 Season.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1967 Season.
  • Games Played: 81
  • Notable Statistics:

    69 Games Started
    11 Interceptions
    48 Interception Return Yards
    2 Fumble Recoveries
    17 Fumble Recovery Yards
    19.5 Quarterback Sacks*
    3 Receptions
    45 Receiving Yards
    1 Kick Return
    21 Kick Return Yards
    50 Approximate Value

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

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    AFL Champion (1964 & 1965)

    Second Team All-Pro (1965)

    AFL All-Star (1965 & 1967)
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