At long last, former running back Cookie Gilchrist has his name where it belongs — on the Wall of Fame at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium, with a ceremony honoring Gilchrist during Sunday’s Bills-Raiders game.
Four games into the season, we have an upset … and it’s in the unlikeliest of places. The AFC East. That’s a division that for years has been owned and operated by the New England Patriots. But not now … not with the Patriots’ defense leaking like the Andrea Doria and the defending Super Bowl …
With Marv Levy and Bruce DeHaven, Buffalo had something special in the early 1990s — a head coach devoted to the kicking game and a special-teams coach obsessed with teaching it. DeHaven passed away Tuesday at the age of 68.
It’s a tough decision, but one Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly made last weekend. Asked which former player, coach, GM or owner he’d give a free pass into Canton he said it would be former teammate Kent Hull.
Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian says former Bills’ Kent Hull and Steve Tasker deserve Hall-of-Fame consideration, and he’s right. But the reality is: They’re up against long odds. In fact, history tells us the obstacles they face are so considerable that “consideration” is probably all they will get from Canton.
Hall Of Fame weekend is just over three weeks away, and former Buffalo coach Marv Levy and former San Francisco owner Eddie DeBartolo are among the presenters. That makes a combined nine presentations for the two, and it says as much about them as it does the inductees they’re introducing.
Former Buffalo Bills’ defensive tackle Tom Sestak might have been the greatest defensive lineman in AFL history, yet he’s not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The reason: Longevity, a hurdle far too many Hall-of-Fame worthy candidates can’t conquer.