Jacobs was a linebacker who played for
and in the American Football League for the
Boston Patriots (where he
was called the "baby-faced assassin") from 1960
The Bills traded an undisclosed amount of cash to the Patriots for Jacobs, who had started for Saban in Boston during the 1960 and ‘61 seasons. He starred for the Buffalo Bills from 1963 through 1969. He played in the playoffs four straight years (1963-1966) with the Bills, and was an AFL All-Star in 1965 and 1969.
Jacobs relied on intelligence and knowledge of the game to help his team win, and was considered "a coach in shoulder pads". Jacobs called defensive signals and mentored young linebackers such as Marty Schottenheimer.
With John Tracey and Mike Stratton, he filled out one of Professional Football's best linebacking units, which played together for 67 consecutive games from 1963 through 1967, a Professional Football record.
Tom 'Tippy' Day played defensive end at
North Carolina A&T State University.
After spending 1960 with the NFL, he joined the American
Football League, where he played for the Buffalo Bills from 1961
through 1966, starting at offensive right guard in 1962 and 1963
being switched to defense. Day went to the
San Diego Chargers for 1967, and rejoined the Bills for the
He was part of the Bills' Formidable Front Four, in a defense which did not allow a rushing touchdown for 17 consecutive games over a portion of the 1964 and 1965 seasons, winning the AFL championship in both years.
He was overshadowed by his outstanding teammates on the Bills' defensive line, but was no less talented or intense. I once complained to Day that the Bills' offense had been ineffective in a 7 - 0 loss. His response was "If we (the Bills' defense) hadn't given up those points, we wouldn't have lost!" 'Tippy' was an American Football League All-Star in 1965. Day said of winning the AFL championship, "Winning the championship is like making love to the most beautiful woman in the world."