1962 Buffalo Bills season
|1962 Buffalo Bills season|
|Head coach||Lou Saban|
|Home field||War Memorial Stadium|
|Division place||3rd AFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1962 Buffalo Bills season was the team’s third season in the American Football League. The Bills finished the season with a 7–6–1 record, third place in the AFL East; it was the Bills' first-ever season finishing with a winning record.
The Bills lost their first five games of the season, but finished the final nine games with only one loss (and one tie).
The Bills were a run-heavy offense in 1962; they led the league in rushing yards, with 2,480. The Bills ran the ball 58.8 percent of the time on offense. The Bills gained 5.0 yards per carry as a team, tied for the league lead.
Bills running back Cookie Gilchrist, who came to the Bills in 1962 from the Canadian Football League, led the AFL in rushing yards with 1,096 yards. and 13 rushing touchdowns. Running back Wray Carlton ran for 530 yards, but led the league with 5.6 yards per rushing attempt.
The Bills also picked up former Chargers quarterback Jack Kemp off the waiver wire. Kemp had a broken hand, and as such could not play until the twelfth game of the season, but he would prove to be the best Bills quarterback of the 1960s.
The Bills selected Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis from Syracuse with their first draft pick, and Davis may have very well signed with his hometown Bills (Davis grew up in nearby Elmira), since the National Football League team that drafted him, the Washington Redskins, was led by avowed racist George Preston Marshall and had only drafted Davis as a token black to avoid losing the Redskins' stadium lease; Davis refused to play for the Redskins. The Redskins traded Davis's rights to the Cleveland Browns, and Davis instead signed with the Browns. Unfortunately for all parties, Davis was diagnosed with acute monocytic leukemia in the summer of 1962, and the Browns barred him from playing for the team (despite the cancer being in remission by the time the preseason began). The cancer later returned, and Davis died May 18, 1963, having never played a down of professional football.
|= AFL All-Star|
|5||Tom Dellinger||Halfback||North Carolina State|
|6||Dave Viti||End||Boston University|
|7||Jim LeCompte||Guard||North Carolina|
|9||Bill Saul||Center||Penn State|
|10||Amos Bullocks||Halfback||Southern Illinois|
|11||Jerry Croft||Guard||Bowling Green|
|15||Roger Kochman||Halfback||Penn State|
|16||Frank Imperiale||Tackle||Southern Illinois|
|17||Tom Sestak||End||McNeese State|
|18||Joe Kehoe||End||Virginia (VOIDED) Carolina|
|19||Bill Johnson||Linebacker||Southeast Louisiana|
|20||Sam Tidmore||End||Ohio State|
|1962 Buffalo Bills staff|
|1||September 9, 1962||Houston Oilers||L 28–23|| |
|2||September 15, 1962||Denver Broncos||L 23–20|| |
|3||September 22, 1962||New York Titans||L 17–6|| |
|4||September 30, 1962||at Dallas Texans||L 41–21|| |
|5||October 7, 1962||at Houston Oilers||L 17–14|| |
|6||October 13, 1962||San Diego Chargers||W 35–10|| |
|7||October 20, 1962||Oakland Raiders||W 14–6|| |
|8||October 28, 1962||at Denver Broncos||W 45–38|| |
|9||November 3, 1962||Boston Patriots||T 28–28|| |
|10||November 11, 1962||at San Diego Chargers||W 40–20|| |
|11||November 18, 1962||at Oakland Raiders||W 10–6|| |
|12||November 23, 1962||at Boston Patriots||L 21–10|| |
|13||December 2, 1962||Dallas Texans||W 23–14|| |
|14||December 8, 1962||at New York Titans||W 20–3|| |
|AFL Eastern Division|
|New York Titans||5||9||0||.357||1–5||278||423||L3|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
Buffalo Bills roster
| Offensive Linemen
- Buffalo's 1,984 passing yards were fewest in the AFL.
- 501 rushes in 852 offensive plays
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1962 AFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics
- Tied with the Dallas Texans
- Gilchrist in '62: 78.3 yards per game
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1962 AFL Leaders and Leaderboards
- Tied with Abner Haynes of the Dallas Texans
- Neft, David S.; Cohen, Richard M.; and Korch, Rich The Sports Encyclopedia: Pro Football, 12th Edition, page 52, Martin's Press, August 1994, ISBN 0-312-11073-1
- Players are identified as an AFL All-Star if they were selected for the AFL All-Star Game at any time in their career.
- AFL All-Star 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968
- AFL All-Star 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965