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1976 Players at a Glance

Larry Bates

Larry Bates was there!

Well, he would have been had he not been injured in training camp!

Two-time junior college All-American
Drafted 1976 (Seattle)

Injured most of his career at Miami. Played only four games before surgery in 1975. Rushed for 349 yards on 71 carries in his two-year career.

1976 Injured knee in training camp, DNP

Pro! The Official magazine of the NFL

Also on the injured reserve list for Seattle is rookie running back Larry Bates, a fifth round draft choice from Miami.

Patera likes look of receivers

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Wednesday, July 21, 1976

Meanwhile, a team spokesman said that rookie running back Larry Bates, who returned to Seattle earlier this week for further diagnosis of an old knee injury, will not have to undergo surgery.

"The old injury was puffing up on him a little and it just needs some rest," the spokesman said. He said it might be three to four weeks before Bates will be able to resume contact drills.

Street and Smith's Pro Football 1977

Don Testerman, a Philadelphia castoff, is the incumbent fullback. He gained 246 yards in 67 carries. Behind the starting backs are Ralph Nelson, Hugh McKinnis, and Oliver Ross. Duke's Tony Benjamin and Georgia Tech's David Sims were the drafted runners, but Larry Bates, who missed his rookie season due to injury, may slip in somewhere.

Photo of Larry Bates, scanned from Birth of a Franchise

Pro Football 1976

by Larry Felser and Dave Klein

Had the Seahawks done as well offensively, Atlanta and New Orleans might have filed suit for damages. But they won’t have to, since the offense will be Patera’s major source of headaches.

There are no running backs, unless you count Bill Olds, Gary Hayman and Kerry Marbury. The draftees are better, especially fullback Larry Bates of Miami, Fla.

The Seahawks can’t go into the season with this collection. The only experienced hand is Olds, and his forte is blocking, not ground gaining. Hayman has size and speed, but rarely played for the Bills. Marbury played a couple of years in Canada. Bolton has to make the transition from a small school. Bates could be a find.


Source: NFL Players Association

The NFL Players Association is pleased to have taken part in the 9th Annual "Chefs for UNCF" on Sunday, March 14, 2004 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California. This event featured many local chefs from the Bay Area and Northern California as well as culinary students who showed their talents. The highlight of the evening was the "Best Chef" award given in four categories and one honorable mention. The NFLPA recruited some of its own to serve on the panel of celebrity judges. They included Tyrone Wheatley (Oakland), Ray Brown (unrestricted free agent), Anthony Adams(San Francisco), Guy McIntyre (former player and current Player Development Director, San Francisco) and Larry Bates (former Seattle Seahawk). The event is one of the major fundraising activities of UNCF in the Bay area.

Collecting Larry Bates?

Sorry - no Larry Bates cards! But he did have a mini-poster from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, #45.

Larry Bates Seattle PI