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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoes, Sensible View Post
    Only in Hamburg. LMAO. For starters, I'm shocked TGIF is still open!
    Some are now saying that it was complete bullshit designed to hop onto the lawsuit bandwagon over the incident (from were he ran over some girl on Chippewa)...

    That mall complex as about 50 restaurants around it--and I'm shocked they do was well as they seem to do...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoes, Sensible View Post
    Well I agree, I hear it from my friends at home all the time, but there WILL be economic consequences to the decision. And a BIG honkin' plot of land out in OP that will go dark.
    It's gonna go dark anyways, eventually. Even if they stay, they'll be a huge taxpayer funded stadium by the waterfront in the next 10 to 15 years...

    And probably because I'm older - I was around before the superbowl run when the Bills were this unpopular and people were as disgusted as they are now - and only then did Ralph cough up the money to beef up the team and staff. Of course, this time, the climate of football has changed so significantly , and he's dotty as a giraffe.
    They were good to great in the 1960s and the late 1980s to around 2000. Ralph will cough up money in places, but then he robs Peter to pay Paul. He'll finally spend on a new coach after years of doing it on the cheap, then let go of some of his best players at the league is littered with very good Bill's draft picks...

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    You have got to be kidding me. Rather than waiting for Minnesota's defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier to become available, the Bills went with Chan Gailey?

    Bills hire Gailey as coach

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. --
    Chan Gailey was hired by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, getting a second chance to prove himself as an NFL coach and inheriting a team that has missed the playoffs for 10 straight years.

    Gailey was introduced by general manager Buddy Nix at a new conference which ended a two-month search to replace Dick Jauron, who was fired in November. Gailey takes over a team that finished 6-10 and becomes the Bills' fifth coach since Marv Levy retired after the 1997 season.

    Gailey has spent 15 of his 38 years of coaching in the NFL. In his two years coaching the Dallas Cowboys, he went 18-14 and led the team to consecutive playoff appearances -- both losses. He was dismissed after the 1999 season, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has acknowledged his mistake in firing Gailey.

    The 58-year-old Gailey acknowledged he didn't know if he'd get another opportunity to be a head coach again.

    "If you sit there and say you lose confidence in yourself, no you don't. But then you see opportunities go by. And you hope that your body of work will speak for itself," Gailey said.

    For Nix, it was Gailey's extensive background that impressed him and met most of the criteria the GM set out when he took over the search two weeks ago.

    Nix was eager to find someone with previous head-coaching experience and an offensive background.

    "This guy met more of the criteria than I thought we could find," Nix said. "And this guy's won everywhere he's been. ... He'll get us back to winning and get to where we want to go."

    Gailey said he intends to serve as the team's offensive coordinator, and is now assembling a staff.

    Gailey has been out of football since he was removed as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator in August, two weeks before the season opener. He was entering his second season with Kansas City after a six-year stretch as Georgia Tech's coach, during which he went 44-33 before being fired in 2007.

    The Bills hit several bumps during their coaching search. They spoke with former Steelers coach Bill Cowher in an attempt to lure him out of broadcasting. The team also interviewed former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who instead chose to coach the Washington Redskins. Last week, New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer rejected the Bills' request for an interview.

    Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was considered the top candidate after interviewing two weeks ago. Frazier's stock appeared to climb even further after his defense shut down the Cowboys in Minnesota's 34-3 win in the playoffs Sunday.

    Gailey has run college and pro teams, including a two-year stint as coach of the World League of American Football Birmingham Fire in 1991-92. He also coached Troy State (1983-84) and Samford (1993).

    At Georgia Tech, Gailey led the Yellow Jackets to six bowl appearances, but his time there ended after a 7-5 finish and going 0-6 against rival Georgia.

    With Buffalo, Gailey's top priority will be sparking an offense that has finished 25th or worst in yards gained in each of the past seven seasons.

    Finding a franchise quarterback would help, too. A combination of injuries and futility led to the Bills to go through three starters this past year. The team has not had a starting quarterback stay for more than three years since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired following the 1996 season.

    Gailey would also need to warm up to Bills fans, who spent the past two weeks clamoring for the team to hire Cowher. Fans raised $1,125 to rent a billboard in Buffalo last week urging team owner Ralph Wilson to hire Cowher.


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    ouch, not the greatest choice.
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    My Buffalo folk on Facebook are talking about pandas and obscure chinese actors....
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    I don't think they had too many choices. The Bills were turned down by many, and they wanted an offensive guy and someone with experience. Apparently Jerry Jones gave him a glowing recommendation. But then, maybe he was just fucking with us?

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    Oh c'mon - who would fuck with Ralph Wilson? And would he know if they did?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoes, Sensible View Post
    Oh c'mon - who would fuck with Ralph Wilson? And would he know if they did?

    Excellent!

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    Buffalo.




    That's all I have to say on this topic.
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    Don't be trashin' my hometown. Even if I did say something nasty.

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    I'm pulling for the Bills to land McNabb.

    am tired of the Raiders pulling everything good into that tornado of suck.

    Al Davis needs to retire...and has needed to do that since 2003.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unchainme View Post
    I'm pulling for the Bills to land McNabb.

    am tired of the Raiders pulling everything good into that tornado of suck.

    Al Davis needs to retire...and has needed to do that since 2003.
    sammy hagar must be part of that team, the suck is unreal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PETE'S BROTHER View Post
    sammy hagar must be part of that team, the suck is unreal.
    It's a disgrace.

    The Browns and the Raiders have been one of the best in the NFL back in the day and now both are complete shiite

    At least Lerner has manned up and owned it that the past couple of regimes havn't worked.

    fucking Davis keeps repeating doing the same shit over and over again.

    I've considered that a new rule in the NFL, if you don't have a good offensive line and/or a good ground game, you shouldn't be allowed to draft a QB in the first round, period.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbLN2z_-VkE&NR=1

    Bump

    not to bring up any bad memories nick, but look what I found.

    Also, fuck this game, it's because of this, Modell chose Belichick over Bill Cowher to coach the Browns, setting off the chain of events that led to the move. Lace out Scott, Laces out indeed.

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    FUCK YOU Unchainme - I'm suing you for bringing on another PTSD episode. You simply don't put that clip where people from Buffalo can see it. May small prickly burrs infest your urethra.

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    Retired PA Oil & Gas "Rink Rat" Wants to Buy Buffalo Sabres

    Pegula edges closer to buying Sabres

    Updated: November 30, 2010, 11:57 PM

    Billionaire businessman Terrence Pegula appeared to be moving toward an agreement Tuesday that would make him the next owner of the Buffalo Sabres in a deal that could be finalized in a matter of weeks.

    The Buffalo News has learned that the former Western New York resident and longtime Sabres fan traveled to Manhattan on Tuesday night, presumably to sign a letter of intent to purchase the franchise from Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano and possibly meet with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

    Pegula, 59, spent much of the day in western Pennsylvania, where he founded his oil and natural gas company before selling it for $4.7 billion last summer.

    A source said he later traveled to New York and was expected to meet with league officials Tuesday night or early Wednesday. NHL offices are located in midtown Manhattan.

    The league in the past has held important meetings in the late evening, when employees are gone for the day. It was not clear Tuesday night whether Pegula was gathering with NHL officials Tuesday evening or Wednesday.

    Pegula was believed to have signed, or will sign Wednesday, a deal that would give him the franchise for an undisclosed amount. Regardless, virtually all signs pointed toward him taking over the franchise within the next two months.

    The Hockey News reported Tuesday that he signed a letter of intent to buy the Sabres for $150 million, which the organization denied. A source said the only error in the report was the purchase price. It's believed to be considerably higher.

    Another report suggested that Pegula would be introduced at the NHL Board of Governors meetings next week in Palm Beach, Fla. That could not be confirmed Tuesday night. Any new ownership agreement would need approval from 23 owners, which doesn't figure to be a problem for Pegula given his reputation and wealth.

    Pegula, 59, whose wealth was pegged at $3 billion by Forbes magazine, did not return calls to his office in Boca Raton, Fla., seeking comment from him or his wife, Kim, on Tuesday.

    The Pegulas, who for several years lived in Orchard Park, are longtime Sabres fans and former season-ticket holders. Kim Pegula is from Fairport.

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    Jerry Sullivan
    Once an afterthought, Gailey's the ideal leader for these Bills
    Coach has earned respect this season, just like his team


    Updated: October 15, 2011, 11:57 PM

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On Saturday morning, I was driving to work and listening to one of those NFL preview radio shows when the hosts turned their attention to this afternoon's showdown between the surprising Lions and 49ers.

    "One of these two coaches, Jim Schwartz or Jim Harbaugh, is going to be coach of the year," said James Lofton, the Hall of Fame receiver and former Bill.

    No mention of Chan Gailey. It figures. The two Jims are the hot new thing, first-time head coaches in their 40s. Gailey is a colorless coaching retread, a self-effacing football lifer who is presumably getting his last kick at the can in a big-time head job.

    Gailey is a virtual afterthought when people around the country marvel at this 4-1 Bills team. He was an afterthought when the Bills were looking for a coach, too. We wanted hot names, big resumes, borrowed legacies. How many big names turned them down before they turned to this no-name?

    Well, if I were putting together a coach of the year list after five weeks, Gailey's name would be right at the top. There's a lot of good coaching being done in the league, but it's hard to imagine anyone changing the competitive culture of a team is such a dramatic way. Ignored and underestimated, Gailey is the ideal man to lead this Buffalo team. However he arrived at the choice, Nix got the coach right.

    "We're all kind of looked at the same, as afterthoughts," said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "Guys are no-names and all that. But a lot of times, teams take on the personality of their coach. Chan is not going to be too fiery and he's not going to get down when we're losing. He knows there's a certain amount of respect we're trying to earn."

    Gailey has earned a lot of respect this season, just like his team. He outcoached two of the sport's giants, Bill Belichick and Andy Reid, in the last two wins. Belichick and Reid are among four active NFL coaches among the top 25 all-time in coaching wins. The other two: Tom Coughlin and Mike Shanahan, who coach the Bills' next two opponents.

    So if the Bills win their next two, Gailey will sweep the board against the Mount Rushmore of active coaches. Players often talk about wanting to measure themselves against the best. Does it mean a little extra for Gailey to beat the big-name guys?

    "No. Zero," Gailey said. "Good try, though."

    Typical Chan. He's not about to toot his own horn. But Gailey has done a marvelous job with this team. All coaches try to motivate. The good ones foster belief by giving their players the knowledge and tactics to become better. Gailey kept the Bills' spirits alive when they were 0-8 last year. He told them in training camp to work toward a higher standard, and to expect to win. The players refer back to their coach's summer exhortations.

    There's a level of trust involved. The players have bought in to Gailey's system. They see it channeled through Fitzpatrick, a tough, cerebral quarterback. It says a lot that Gailey allowed Fitz to drop back into his own end zone late in last week's game, with the Eagles mounting a furious comeback, and throw a slant to a marginal pro like Naaman Roosevelt.

    The defense has issues, and it gets worse today with Shawne Merriman out and Kyle Williams questionable. But they've been in the right spots, which allows them to take advantage of the opposition's mistakes and get more turnovers than any other team in the league.

    But Gailey is an offensive mind by trade, and the offense is the most vivid expression of his coaching vision. We take it for granted after awhile, but it's amazing how many members of the Bills offense were overlooked and disregarded at various points of their careers.

    I looked out there last Sunday and realized there was only one first-round draft pick on the offense: Eric Wood, who went 28th overall in 2009. Undrafted players were all over the place: Fred Jackson, Roosevelt, David Nelson, Donald Jones, Erik Pears. Fitzpatrick and Stevie Johnson were seventh-rounders, left tackle Chris Hairston a fourth-round pick.

    Even Gailey wondered about his offensive line in the summer. They've been terrific. There has been one false start by an O-lineman this season. You don't think coaching has a little to do with it? In 2009, they had nine in one game here, that ghastly 6-3 loss to the Browns.

    That Cleveland game was almost two years ago to the day. Sorry to dredge it up again, but it's remarkable how far they've come offensively in so short a time. Dick Jauron was the coach that day, Trent Edwards the quarterback, Marshawn Lynch the featured back, Terrell Owens the top wideout. They had no idea Stevie Johnson could play.

    Gailey has turned a bunch of misfits into an offensive machine that averages 33 points a game. I'm still not sure how. But it gets more difficult now. With Jones gone for at least a month, they're down three receivers from the start of camp. Sure, at times you'd swear Gailey could throw one of the Jills into a four-wide set and she'd make a play.

    "He has a knack, an understanding," said Brad Smith. "It's hard to describe. Sometimes, he gets back to basics. Other times, he gets fancy with stuff and formations and guys. But he finds a way to get it done. The numbers speak for themselves."

    But attrition will test the nerve and capacity of any general. The NFL is an unforgiving sport. At some point, injuries catch up to you. If you don't have receivers with the speed to stretch the field, defenses will cheat up and dare you to throw deep. Perry Fewell, who coaches the Giants' defense, wanted to be the head coach here. You can bet he'll relish the chance to outwit the man who was picked instead.

    Knowing Gailey, he'll take the dare. The Bills beat the Eagles without completing anything long, but you need to keep defenses honest. They plan to use Brad Smith more at wideout, and it would be a good idea to get C.J. Spiller stretching defenses as a receiver.

    Don't let Gailey's folksy manner fool you. The guy is sly like a fox. He might not be the first name on any lists, but no one is doing it better right now. Still, I can't help wonder what he could do with a little more talent.

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    Welp, I think the Buffalo Bills' big free agent splash deserves a mention here:


    Mario Williams and Bills’ high-priced defensive line gets off to dominating start

    By Associated Press, Published: July 29

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Giggling uncontrollably, Marcell Dareus was still having a difficult time containing his excitement Sunday, a day after getting a first glimpse of the Buffalo Bills’ revamped, high-priced defensive line’s potential.

    There’s no question, Mario Williams and Co. looked impressive in their first practice in shoulder pads Saturday, three days into camp.

    “Shut your mouth,” Dareus, the second-year defensive tackle said, before bursting into a fit of laughter. “There’s really not much I can say except, what you see is what you get. I don’t think we’re over-rated. I don’t think we’re under-rated. I think we’re right where we’re supposed to be.”

    And that could well spell trouble for opposing offenses after the Bills spent considerable time and money upgrading what had been a porous line that also had difficulty generating a pass rush.

    None of the problems of the past were evident in a practice that left coach Chan Gailey calling his defense’s performance “dominating.”

    No surprise, Williams — the Bills’ newly signed $100-million defensive end — was in the thick of creating much of the havoc.

    He and tackle Kyle Williams disrupted a running play so quickly that Fred Jackson barely got the handoff when Mario Williams stopped him in his tracks by grabbing him by the shoulder pad.

    Jackson was so surprised that he went up to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and joked: “I think Mario could’ve taken the handoff before I did.”

    And that was just one of numerous highlights.

    A few plays later, Williams wasn’t fooled by a misdirection play, staying to his left and forcing Fitzpatrick to throw the ball away.

    Then Williams and Dareus teamed up by bursting into the backfield to get what would’ve been a sure sack.

    Kyle Williams was cautiously impressed, noting this was only one practice.

    “We’re still building, but you know it’s always nice to have good days,” he said. “We’ve talked about what it looks like by just looking at the names written down. Sure that looks good. But can we take it and put it on the field? And that’s what we’re trying to do now.”

    The list of names are easily recognizable on a starting line made up of the two Williams, Dareus and Mark Anderson, another free agent addition, who’s penciled in on the right side. And then there’s a solid group of established veterans filling backup positions such as defensive ends Shawne Merriman, Chris Kelsay and Spencer Johnson, and tackle Dwan Edwards.

    Kelsay considers both the line and defense as a whole as the most talented and depth-laden the Bills have had since he arrived in 2003.

    And that’s saying something considering the Bills finished ranked second in the NFL both 2003 and 2004 with a defense that included tackles Pat Williams and Sam Adams, pass-rusher Aaron Schobel, linebackers Takeo Spikes and London Fletcher and a defensive backfield that featured Nate Clements and Lawyer Milloy.

    “We had a good defense then, but I think depth-wise, that’s what’s really going to push us over the edge,” Kelsay said. “First day, we are encouraged. We know we have great potential. But it’s all for naught if you don’t put the work in.”

    The Bills’ defenders have plenty to shoot for in a bid to improve on last year’s dreadful numbers. Buffalo allowed a franchise-worst 5,938 yards, managed just 29 sacks — 10 of which came in one game — and gave up an average 27 points a game in contributing to the team’s 6-10 finish.

    The lack of a pass-rush has been a familiar problem. Buffalo hasn’t averaged more than two sacks per game in a season since 2006, when they had 40.

    Mario Williams, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year in 2006, and Anderson were brought in to help provide pressure.

    At 6-foot-6 and 292 pounds, Williams’ size and speed have wowed his teammates.

    “He’s a man-child,” Jackson said.

    And Williams’ presence is what has Dareus giggling.

    “He has to be the strongest guy I’ve ever met in my life,” Dareus said. “Phenomenal football player, hands, feet. It’s crazy. We’re going to have fun this year, hee, hee, hee.”

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    I drove by Ralph Wilson Stadium today and can still smell the massive turd they laid yesterday...

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    This just in: the Buffalo Bills really, really SUCK big, stinky donkey balls! We have a GM no one else would hire as a GM, a coach promoted to his level of incompetence, a defensive coordinator who's comatose. And an owner that is ancient and meddling. Bill Polian, wherefore art thou?

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    Bills appear set to dismiss Gailey and Nix this week

    BY: Mark Gaughan / The Buffalo News | @gggaughan

    Rumors were swirling in NFL circles Saturday that the Buffalo Bills would clean house and fire not only head coach Chan Gailey but General Manager Buddy Nix as well.

    However, high ranking Bills sources insisted the decision on the team's top two football men remained, as always, with owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. and that Wilson had yet to tell any of his employees in Western New York of his verdict.

    Nix, contacted Saturday night, told The News he had not been given any indication of any change in his job status.

    There is widespread expectation among the organization that Gailey will be ousted due to the Bills' disappointing season, which concludes today against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills (5-10) have clinched last place in the AFC East.

    Wilson was in town for the team's holiday party Friday night. He returned afterward to his Detroit-area home.

    Bills officials say their expectation is Wilson will hold a meeting of his top executives, including Nix, at some point this week to assess the season. That has been standard operating procedure for Wilson for decades.

    Wilson, 94, remains very much in charge of charting the team's course.

    An executive on another team and another league source both said Saturday they were hearing of a full house-cleaning by the Bills.

    Nevertheless, the removal of Nix would be a surprise. He has maintained a strong relationship with Wilson, and the owner has stated that he handed Nix a long-term building job when he put him atop the football operation in 2010. Nix has been given full authority to hand-pick his football department and put his scouts in place on the college and pro sides of the organization.

    The Bills will miss the playoffs for a 13th straight season, the longest drought in the NFL and the longest in franchise history.

    Gailey has received strong vocal support from Nix through much of this season, but the general manager cancelled his radio show Friday, thereby avoiding discussing Gailey's job security.

    The Bills stood 3-3 in mid-October, but they have lost seven of their last nine and repeatedly have looked ugly in losing.

    Gailey's three-year record is 15-32, and few NFL coaches have survived such futility to start a tenure. Over the past 25 years, only 11 NFL head coaches have survived after starting their tenures with three losing seasons. Dick Jauron did it in Buffalo in 2009, but his three-year record with the Bills was 21-27.

    Over the past 25 years, 72 coaches have lost their jobs after three or fewer seasons on the job. The last coach to have as few as 15 wins in three seasons and survive to see a fourth year was Bruce Coslet in Cincinnati. He won 14 games through 1999, then got fired during the next season.



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    Doug Marrone formerly of Syracuse U is the new Bills Coach...

    Brandon makes bold play on Bills' new coach

    BY: Jerry Sullivan / News Senior Sports Columnist | @TBNSully

    Newly empowered as president of the Bills, Russ Brandon sat on the dais Tuesday and promised to take the franchise in a new direction. As it turned out, the direction was 140 miles due east, to his hometown of Syracuse.

    Brandon is sure to take heat for hiring Doug Marrone as his new head coach. Some will dismiss it as a parochial, small-time move. They'll say he reached for a .500 college coach because he couldn't attract the top names in the market and wouldn't surrender total control of the operation.

    Some of that might be true. Still, this doesn't feel the way it did when the Bills hired Dick Jauron, Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey. For once, I'm resisting the impulse to trot out my favorite Bills adjective and label it uninspired.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm not doing handstands over Marrone, either. He wouldn't have been my first choice. I would have preferred Jon Gruden or Chip Kelly, who is probably heading back to Oregon. But at least they're not making the safe choice, the one least likely to get them buried by the critics later.

    Above all, I was hoping they would surprise me this time, that they wouldn't bring out some tired retread and tell me it was progress. They succeeded.

    This is a bold pick, a risky pick. Brandon, a fine baseball player in his day, is swinging for the fences here. Give him credit for that. It would have been easier to settle for the stand-up double, a former NFL head coach with an established record for being average.

    Yes, Ken Whisenhunt and Lovie Smith are proven head coaches who reached the Super Bowl. They're old ideas to me. Whisenhunt is too conservative. Smith won more than he lost, but his teams were consistently bad on offense. He's not the guy for a team desperate to find and develop a franchise quarterback.

    I don't know if Marrone will be a great NFL head man. Most coaches fail when they reach that level, whether they come from college or the assistant coaching ranks. Who knew that Sean Payton would be a success in his first NFL head job, or Mike Tomlin, or Mike McCarthy?

    Jim Harbaugh was a risk when he took over the Niners two years ago. Harbaugh had engineered a remarkable turnaround at Stanford. Critics wondered if his methods could work in the pros. He has been a rousing success in the NFL.

    So if you're looking to put a positive spin on it, Marrone could be the Bills' Jim Harbaugh. They're roughly the same age. Both are hard-nosed disciplinarians who are open-minded enough to evolve with the times.

    Marrone completely changed the culture of a staggering Syracuse program when he took over in 2009. The Orange had gone 10-37 under Greg Robinson and suffered through seven consecutive nonwinning seasons. They were the joke of the Big East, one of the worst major-college programs in the country, a team with inferior personnel and a disaffected fan base.

    Sound familiar, Bills fans?

    The program quickly returned to respectability. Syracuse won two bowls in his four seasons. His overall record was 25-25. That's not quite earth-shaking, but seasoned observers of the Orange called it a miraculous turnaround. It's not as if he had blue-chip recruits or great facilities.

    Brandon is putting his reputation on the line here. It would be easy to dismiss him as a salesman who is out of his depth on football matters. But for an organization that is always trying to keep up in the NFL, this hire represents a fresh idea, a refusal to simply reach for the tried-and-true.

    It's not as if Chip Kelly and Nick Saban are the only college coaches worthy of being NFL head men. Marrone was seen as one of the top half dozen or so who might be ready for the jump. He has a lot of the qualities the Bills were looking for, including a dynamic personality and a tireless work ethic.

    Marrone once told a Syracuse reporter he had worked every day but one during his first year as coach. He took Christmas off for his family. That's a little scary, I must admit. But he sounds like a coach who will actually know what yard line he's on when it's time to kick a field goal.

    Dave Rahme, who covered SU for the Post-Standard, said Marrone had charts and graphs for every eventuality. Rahme described Marrone as “very analytical,” a coach who would point out on a film when an opposing offensive lineman moved his foot 2 inches, and what it signified.

    That was surely a selling point with Brandon. He intends to create a new department of analytics, which will bring a more sophisticated and scientific approach to the football operation. It's cutting-edge stuff, which hasn't been Ralph Wilson's trademark, to say the least.

    That doesn't mean they'll win. In the end, you need players. You need a franchise quarterback. McCarthy, Payton and Tomlin won the Super Bowl in their first NFL head job. It's no coincidence that they had Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger playing quarterback.

    The decision on the next quarterback could determine the success of the Bills for the next decade. It's probably more important than the coach. It'll be good to have Marrone helping evaluate the college talent. The less input Nix has on the next quarterback, the better.

    Marrone worked with Brees as offensive coordinator with the Saints, though he didn't call the plays. He developed Ryan Nassib from a raw prospect to a star at SU. He knows what a great quarterback looks like, and what sort of transition is required from the college game to the pros.

    It's not all about the head coach, either. The Bills need to hire a staff of top assistant coaches. That means going to other NFL teams and plucking some of their rising talent, not grabbing eager college coaches on the cheap. Marrone has an NFL pedigree. He should get the best staff available.

    This is on Brandon now. He was fully empowered by the owner to hire the right guy. He came back with Marrone, a daring and unconventional choice. He could be a flop. He could be great. The odds say he'll wind up like most NFL coaches, in that vast, unremarkable area in between.

    No one knows right now. But it's usually the people who reach high, refusing to settle for the safe choice, who find their way to great.



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    Star Receiver: Imagine if I actually put in the work?

    Stevie Johnson, foot-in-mouth disease on Jim Rome's show:

    Stevie Johnson On Jim Rome: "I'm Actually Going To Work Out"

    By Brian Galliford on Feb 1,

    Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson ruffled a few feathers on Friday in discussing his off-season workout plans in a radio interview with Jim Rome.


    Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson raised some eyebrows in Western New York on Friday with comments made from Super Bowl XLVII's radio row in New Orleans on The Jim Rome Show. You should listen here if you're interested in breaking down the controversial remarks yourself; we've also got a transcript to follow.

    Jim Rome: "What are you doing this off-season? Are you still getting caught up in some local runs? Are you changing up your basketball routine? What are you doing to stay in shape and get ready for the new season?"

    Stevie Johnson: "I'm actually - it's funny - I'm actually going to work out."

    JR: "No way, really? You mean actually lift weights?"

    SJ: "I usually never work out. I just, like, play basketball and run around the block."

    JR: "How does that work? You don't hit the weights out of season at all?"

    SJ: "The only time I worked out was my rookie year from after (the) combine, just to get in the league. I went down to L.A. and worked with Travelle Gaines, and ever since then, I've only did work with my wife running around the block and playing basketball. That was all I did."


    JR: "Why? Do they not insist you have some kind of off-season conditioning program? Throw the weights around?"

    SJ: "I probably shouldn't be saying this. Yeah, they give us the booklet and stuff, but I get it and I put it in a drawer. I really don't do it."

    JR: "Stevie, you made it through an entire interview without getting into trouble man, until right there, I think."

    SJ: "I'm sorry, I'm just being honest, man. This year we've got a new staff, and you know, I've had three seasons with a thousand yards, and that's like without doing, like, real football work. So you know, who knows what happens if I really put in work? Maybe I can eclipse a thousand and go into twelve hundred, you know, maybe thirteen. Maybe I'll be even more energized to finish out games, and we'll get things done, you know. So I'm going to be working hard from next Sunday to April 1st when we go back."

    Rome and Johnson did an awful lot of laughing during this particular portion of the interview, with Rome speaking sarcastically at times and Johnson making light of his previous off-season habits while admitting that he plans to do more on that front than he's done before. Seriously: it would behoove you to listen to the interview.

    The immediate reaction to the remarks was largely negative; talk radio stations were practically aghast that Johnson would admit that he didn't follow the team's off-season program in years past, and that he'd statistically project where he might end up if he does start working out. Some stated that Johnson was admitting that he's "coasted" over the last two years, and that he doesn't have the ambition to be the best player he can be.

    Those people, in our opinion, weren't listening to enough of the exchange. Maybe it bothers you that Johnson hasn't seemingly done all that's been asked of him as a professional athlete; that's fine, but it's also where the criticism logically should stop. Johnson says he'll be working out this off-season - probably because there's a new coaching staff in place - and we'll see if he's right about a potential statistical jump that might result from the extra work. Until then, it's probably overreacting if anyone's opinion changes on the man from one light-hearted interview.
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    LOL The Bills just signed Matt Leinart after Kevin Kolb got kneed in the head and EJ Manuel had a "minor" knee procedure. WHHHEEEEEWWWW!! Superbowl, here we come!

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    Holy shit! We traded for Thaddeus Lewis! The Bills now have incredible depth at QB! If any other teams have QB's they don't want, the Bills are entertaining all offers. Send us your meek and unwanted...

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    Not to make light of this, because it looks like Kevin Kolbs career might be over. The hit he took didn't "look" that bad, and he got up slow but played four more downs after that. Now they're the concussion was serious enough to jeopardize his career...

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    Bills' Coach, GM Express Frustration At Meddling, Business as Usual (at failing)

    Bills coaches want to change training staff

    By Tim Graham | News Sports Reporter | @ByTimGraham | Google+

    on Sunday, February 23, 2014 11:24 PM, updated: 9:38 PM

    "Now sit still while I put these leeches on ya' to bleed out your choleric spleen!"

    INDIANAPOLIS — Buffalo Bills coaches want to change the organization’s old-school culture, but they seem to be encountering internal resistance.

    Key members of the staff have told The News they want to update the training staff by replacing long-time head athletic trainer Bud Carpenter, but the front office is reluctant to support a switch.

    Within the past few days at the NFL Scouting Combine, coach Doug Marrone and General Manager Doug Whaley have stressed player health is a top priority for the organization in 2014.

    Marrone and Whaley also are said to be highly interested in changing the Bills’ this-is-the-way-we’ve-always-done-it culture.

    Carpenter has been a fixture with the Bills. He’s entering his 30th season with the team and his 19th as its head trainer.

    But the Bills’ coaching staff is much younger than Carpenter is. When Carpenter was getting his start with the Bills, most of the current coaches were teenagers.

    Sources said at the combine that the coaching staff is weary of Carpenter’s old-school methodology. These sources believe Carpenter’s “stim and ice” therapy is too outdated for today’s athlete.

    “Stim and ice” refers to electrical stimulation to the injured area and ice treatments.

    The Bills have struggled with injuries previously, although last year was a relatively healthy one.

    Still, rookie quarterback EJ Manuel missed eight games (two preseason, six regular season) with three knee injuries.

    Marrone declared after the third knee injury that Manuel would start the season finale against the New England Patriots and stated the medical staff told him Manuel would not require surgery.

    Manuel did not play against the Patriots and revealed three weeks ago he had another knee surgery.

    Marrone and Whaley have indicated the Bills want to make sure Manuel has all the tools he’ll need. The Bills have hired additional coaches and have spoken about bolstering his supporting cast.

    Running back C.J. Spiller, safety Jairus Byrd and cornerback Stephon Gilmore also dealt with nagging injuries throughout the season.

    The Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society honored Carpenter’s staff with its annual award in 2007 for its response to tight end Kevin Everett’s catastrophic injury, although team orthopedist Andrew Cappuccino and rehab specialists largely were responsible for Everett’s recovery.

    Prior to joining the Bills in 1985, Carpenter worked for one year with the Boston Bruins and served eight years as Fredonia State’s trainer and intramurals director.

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    You and the other guy from Buffalo, Golden Boy.

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    Hey did you see Von?

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    There was actually a follow up article posting "unnamed sources" as saying the new Bills' coaches and GM are sick of not being able to make decisions that are common place in other organizations that do things like --well, make the playoffs once in a while-- and that they cede responsibilities to guys that were hired in the mid to late 1980's for contract negotiations and personnel decisions. It sounds like a total clusterfuck at One Bills Dr. down the street...

    And Von now drinks in Buffalo sports bars
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    Will the Bills be okay without Pettine...or can the Browns be any worse WITH Pettine?
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    I think the Browns will benefit from him there, I think he's a good coach. He used Buffalo to get out from under that fat-ass at the Jets and make a name for himself. His defenses never quit and they set a Bills' record for sacks. On the negative side, they were one of the worst defenses against good running backs. I would add that he also seemed to be good at developing young players...

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    Longtime superstar Sabres' goalie Ryan Miller, as well as gritty center Steve Ott, have been traded to the St. Louis Blues for presumably Halek and other players. Breaking now...

    Here's the story:

    Sabres trade Miller and Ott to the Blues


    Ryan Miller and Steve Ott were in the building preparing to play against the San Jose Sharks when they were called back.

    There was good reason as both were traded to the St. Louis Blues for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, a first round pick in 2015 and a third rounder in 2016.

    The prospect Carrier was the Blues second round pick in 2013, 57th overall. He's 6'2, 198 and has 17 goals and 39 assists for 56 points in the QMJHL this season.

    Stewart was a first round pick for Colorado in 2006. In 377 NHL games for St. Louis and Colorado he has 115 goals and 113 assists for 228 points. That's a 25 goal pace over 82 games. He's scored 28 goals twice in his career and will also mix it up.

    Halak's career has taken him to Montreal and St. Louis. He's played 260 NHL games going 139-81-26 with a 2.38 goals against and .917 save percentage.
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    Andre Reed was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Below is the transcript of his speech, courtesy of the Hall of Fame:
    As I have stated over the years at several sites, the finest football I have ever witnessed (on both sides if the line) took place between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills a few scant decades ago. Seeing Andre Reed catch a final pass from Jim Kelly the other night really shook me, not only for the memories, yet for Kelly's own plight with cancer.

    Good on you guys.

    Transcript of Andre Reed's speech at Pro Football Hall of Fame induction

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    First, I first want to give thanks to the creator of all things in this world, all things possible and blessed to be here tonight. As I stand here in the midst of the NFL's 95th season, I'd be remiss not to talk about these guys to the right and these guys to the left of me. I pay homage to you guys because you represent what this game is about, the excellence on the field and off the field. Your sacrifices have laid the foundation that we call football today. I applaud you guys. I consider you brothers for life.

    You have opened so many doors for me. You're an inspiration to many all over the country, all over the world. Now, I know you know what I'm going to say next, "Where would you rather be than right here, right now?"

    Allentown, Pennsylvania, stand up. I know you're here. Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Buffalo, New York, I know you're here. Canton, Ohio. These are blue collared towns that dot the road map of an amazing journey. They're connected by blood, sweat, tears and cheers of a football life I proudly led the last four decades. It's a life defined by many things, but none more important than hard work. When you grow up in Allentown, PA, you learn the meaning of that pretty fast, especially in the household of Joyce and Calvin Reid. My brothers Tyrone and Dion, and my beautiful sister, Teshia, we're bonded by the values we were taught at home, and that we carry with us today. My father, Calvin, was a 5'8" fireplug of a man who worked construction and concrete. I can remember the days before I went to school, I'd look at his hands and they were so clean when he left. But when he came home, I remember how dirty those hands were. You could strike a match in the middle of his hand. That's how dirty they were. Just as the forms he carried every day, do as I say, not always as I do. If you put in a hundred percent, you're guaranteed to get a hundred percent out, and patience is a virtue, and believe me, I waited nine long years for this patience. That's what Calvin would always tell us. That's what he'd tell us four kids in the house. He had a lot of sayings. I can't say all of them because we'd be here all night.

    As I stand here today experiencing one of the best things of my life on football's biggest stage, all I can say is, Dad, you were right. You definitely were right. I love and miss you so much. I talk to you a lot. I want to thank you for your wisdom. Life's lessons are so tough, but you taught me what the right path was about.

    On hot summer days when I was younger, when all the kids were swimming in the swimming pool, having fun, in the community pool my dad would have me and my brothers out there running laps, 95° outside. Do we want to be in the pool? Oh, you darn right, we did. We sure did. How long did we run? Until he said stop.

    One time this woman asked my mom, she said, Calvin, what are you doing to them kids? My mom replied, Calvin's getting those kids ready. He's getting those kids ready for life. Thank you, Daddy. You're the best.

    Now don't get me wrong now. My mom was a nose to the grindstone kind of woman too. She worked 12 hours a day when I was little in the garment factory. She did everything she could to keep the family together. There were a lot of times I walked past that factory and I'd see her at that sewing machine, and I'd say, “You know what, Mom? One day that sewing stuff is going to be over with. You're never going to sew ever again.” Mom, I love you so much. You're my inspiration of my heart. Thank you for your unconditional love. Tonight you're in the Hall of Fame too.

    I didn't grow up in the easiest of childhoods. For all the great things that my dad did, he had his faults just like we all do. And my dad's biggest fault, he was an alcoholic. In his life growing up there were many challenges that anybody would have trouble conquering. I saw things growing up no child should see. So sports became my safe haven, my shield, my guard.

    When I was at the Boys & Girls Club in Allentown, PA, which I continue to support today with my foundation, I felt that shield around me every single day. Invincible I felt, indestructible, you know it, fearful of nothing. Me and my brothers, we all wanted to take anybody on. Whoever wanted to play. We got you. You want to play us? Let's go. That's how we worked. Any sport, basketball, football, baseball, didn't matter. They were important in my life, not only for my development as a football player, but as a person, and for that I'm very grateful to them.

    The same could be said for my Pop Warner coaches. Roy Sekoch and Gene Legath. They saw this little skinny kid with a big afro, and they believed in me. Thank you for all your unconditional love also.

    My brother, Ty, was a star wide receiver at Dieruff High School. I wanted to be just like you, Ty. Wanted to be just like you. That led me to becoming an option quarterback on the JV team at Dieruff High School. That's where I learned my running skills because I had to run away from all these big guys. Back then they used to call me a deer, and as you know deer spelled backwards is Reed. But sometimes, like any deer, you get caught in them headlights and you get hit, and I got hit pretty hard.

    My mom sometimes would see me laying on the ground, didn't think I'd get up. She'd look at my dad and say I wonder if he's going to get up. And of course my dad as raw as he is, he said if he gets up, he's all right. My dad was just raw that way. That's how he was. I always did manage to get up though.

    I owe so much to my Dieruff coaches in high school who helped shape me as a player. Bruce Trotter, Larry Little, Ted Phillips, Bill Wood, and Ted Steiner. I love you guys all. Thank you very much.

    After Dieruff High School, I enrolled in small, tiny Kutztown University. Nobody knows where that is on the map. But they know now. There was a coach named Geno Calcagni that came to me as we were starting two a days and asked me to switch to wide receiver. Yes, it was. Ain't no doubt about that.

    He said we need you man, at wide receiver. We have a quarterback that's an All American. That was Greg Gristick.

    I want to thank Gary Klein too. He taught me everything. He was my quarterback in college too. I said, Coach, you know what? Wherever you need me to play, I've got your back.

    As a player in 1981, my freshman year, the first NFL scout came up to me from the Seattle Seahawks, Walt. He said to me we're here watching another player because we're looking at him. He's a defensive back. We think we might draft him or be a free agent, but we're watching you. The next three years we're going to watch you and see what you do.

    Was I scared? Oh, yeah, I was scared a little bit. But I said, okay, I hope you do watch me, because I'm going to be on an NFL roster the following year.

    As my skills improved, as I got older with the help of coaching from Al Leonzi and Geno, and head coach George Baldwin, more scouts started coming to see me, working me out. It was almost every week after a while. But the biggest thing they wanted to know was, can I, from a Division II school make the transition to the big time?

    My coach said, you know what? Just give him the opportunity. That's all we wanted in life was an opportunity.

    Then one of the teams that came at me late was the Buffalo Bills. I had no idea where Buffalo was. They said, “New York.” I said, “New York City?” They said, no. They said, “Western, New York.” I said, okay. That was wild. On that first trip in mini-camp I was on a plane, that's when I met Bruce Smith, the top overall pick at Virginia Tech. Bruce was standing there on a plane, all 6'4", 300 pounds of him. He had the intimidation factor with his sunglasses on. What an intimidating presence he was.

    I introduced myself to him. I said, hey, “I'm Andre Reed.” I'm a fourth round draft choice. He said, yeah, I know who you are. I said to him, I said, after we land, where we going to go? I said are we going to the hotel, you know, because we have to go to the hotel. He said no, we're not going to the hotel. I said where we going? He said don't worry about it. You're coming with me. It was that day that the Big Tree became etched in my life.

    If you guys don't know what the Big Tree is, you need to go. Bruce, you know what, man? When you were here in 2009 I was sitting right here in the audience as you and Ralph Wilson were getting elected. And you mentioned to me that day that my day was near to joining the Hall of Fame here. I believed you, and now it's a reality. I love you as a teammate. I love you as a friend. And most of all, I love you as a family member.

    It was also at the Big Tree where I met Darryl Talley. Darryl was drafted in 1983 out of West Virginia. I remember one thing he told me as a rookie. He said, “You know what? You don't even know how excited I am about this year's team because I feel right now we have the right players coming in at the right time to put us on the winning path.” Darryl, what can I say about you, man? You were the emotional glue to this team, the heart and soul of us. You kept us all in check, man. I don't know how you did it, but you kept us all in check, man. You said, “You open these doors here in Buffalo, you better check your ego at the door.” I believed you, man. Thank you. I love you.

    I also had a great example to follow as a rookie in Jerry Butler. When I first came into the organization, the coaches said, hey, if you want to be good, watch number 80, he'll teach you how to be a professional on and off the field. I remember Jerry saying to me, if you play this game the right way, you can play it a long time. Thank you, Jerry.

    I also learned lessons from watching some great receivers that came before me such as fellow Hall of Famer James Lofton.

    James is more than a teammate to me. I can always confide in him and talk to him about anything. Growing up as a Steeler fan, I admired players like Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, my idols, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth. They're up here for a reason.

    Another example of greatness is a guy that went into the Hall of Fame last year that I admire tremendously, and that is Cris Carter. Michael Irvin, I respect you so much. You told me about the wait. You said be patient, and I believed you, man. I love you.

    What can I say about this next dude? Squatty, Thurman Thomas. From the first day, from the first day you sat at One Bills Drive, I instantly knew how much passion you had for the game of football. You displayed leadership beyond leadership, tenacity beyond tenacity, and it would never quit at any cost regardless the situation. Did you speak your mind? Yeah, you did. Sometimes when he shouldn't have.

    But I always knew one thing about Thurman, he believed in what he said, and he made you listen whether it be good or bad. He made me a better player, and definitely made us a better damn team. You held us accountable, man, for everything we did. And one thing that I realized about you is family. Family is important to you. I've known your kids since they were babies. You and Patti have done such a great job with them, I consider you a friend for life. I love you all.

    My career didn't take off until something called the K Gun came out of nowhere. Ask Dan Marino about it.

    An offensive guru named Ted Marchibroda was the guru of this offense, and he knew enough to give the reigns to No. 12. Allowing him to get back to them USFL days where he used to throw for 9 million yards. I was known for my toughness, I was known for my toughness going across the middle, making that catch, breaking tackles.

    But the toughest individual I've ever met in my life is Jim Kelly, No. 12. How do I find the words, man, to say anything about you? You're the reason why I'm standing here today. Your belief in me that I could get the job done at any time will resonate with me the rest of my life. Every time I looked into your eyes in the huddle I knew we could get it done. I knew we had a chance to win. Leadership beyond reasonable doubt. Those around you gravitated to your leadership and what you said. You taught us not to quit.

    We always joked about what I would say every time I left the huddle whether it was a run or a pass play. "Right here, Bro'." I said that every time. I didn't care if it was a run or a pass. I was open.

    But we laugh about it now because I wanted the ball. That was my passion. I wanted the ball every single time. I wanted you to be proud of me and know that you could count on me at any time. You know our old saying, Bro', 12 plus 83 always equals 6.

    Jim, you have endured a lot in your life, the loss of a son, and most recently your battle with cancer. You're an inspiration to all those you touch. I'm honored to call you my teammate, my friend, and my family member, and now a fellow Hall of Famer. I love you, man.

    There wasn't a better teacher than our head coach Marv Levy. He was a definition of, speak softly, but carry a big stick. He became our father figure, very much of a father figure, and he became even more of a father figure to me when I lost mine. In 1996, when I lost my father, he told me just take as much time as you need. Marv, I'll always remember those words, your compassion you gave me when I needed it the most. You had to deal with so many egos, I don't know how in the heck you did it. Those big words you used, yeah, we needed dictionaries. We actually needed a thesaurus, too.

    But one thing we admired about you as a coach was that word respect. We respected the heck out of you. When you respect your coach, you'll do anything to win for him. I love you, Marv.

    I want to thank all my other coaches, my receiver coaches, Kay Stephenson, Hank Bullough, Wade Phillips, Elijah Pitts, these were my other coaches. And my receiver coaches, yes. Joe Daniels, Bob Leahy, Ted Tollner, Nick Nicolau, and fellow Hall of Famer, Charlie Joiner over here.

    Six months ago the Bills lost their patriarch, Ralph Wilson, Jr., to me the greatest owner in sports history. He lives on here as a member of the Hall. I want to thank him for giving a small town kid the opportunity. He's part of one of the biggest legacies in NFL history, and the building behind us bears his name.

    You gave me a chance to live out a dream, Ralph, that very few people attain. I can't thank you enough for that. And Mary, I can see how much passion you have for the game. The same passion that Ralph had. I've come to know you as a friend and I respect you and love you very much. Oh, yeah, and the Bills will stay in Buffalo too (Cheering).

    I want to thank, also, the chief architect of our run to four straight Super Bowls, Bill Polian. Bill, I'm going to reiterate what Bruce Smith said to me five years ago. Very soon you will be up here on this podium as one of the greatest GMs of all time.

    I also want to thank the late John Butler, whose strong handshake was just so strong. He had so much confidence in us. And Bill Munson who I've known for years with the Buffalo Bills organization. Bill would always ask me if I was in shape every year coming to camp. I always would answer, do I look like I'm in shape? Bill, I finally figured out why you always asked me that, because you always knew I would be in shape.

    I also want to thank our trainers, Dave and Bud, our equipment staff, Hojo, Woody, everyone else there who kept me healthy and ready to go every single season.

    I want to thank all the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee, especially Mark Gaughan whose due diligence for nine years got me here finally.

    I want to thank Vic Carucci, thank you for your support and especially your friendship, and Jimmy Goldsmith and Steve Foster. I appreciate everything you guys have done and continue to do for me.

    Finally, I want to talk about my own family. Starting with the first woman I ever loved in my life, who I ever fell in love with first. Cindy, we've been through a lot. It's tough being a football wife. You've had to deal with a lot of ego, a lot of push and pull. But through the whole thing, through the good and the bad, you were the rock of that family, and you continue to be the rock today. You gave us two great kids, and you were always there to hear my voice when it was needed. Today, you're in the Hall of Fame too.

    My daughter, Auburn, as you try to find your way and peace in life within yourself, I want you to know how important you are to me. Life is full of ups and downs, peaks and valleys, but if you continue to live out your life, forget the past and go forward, there is definitely going to be a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. We're all in this together, babe. We love you, and we're proud of you.

    My son, Andre, so compassionate, so respectful. I think he learned that from his mom, not me. I've watch you grow into a tremendous young man. Over the past four or five years you've shown me a lot about your character. Whatever you do in life, if you continue to work hard, it's attainable, definitely. I'm proud of you, bro'. I love you.

    As I look back on my career, again, I see a small town kid with a dream of someday being great, making a difference in his community, and most of all, making his parents the proudest people on the planet.

    Well, I'm here to say tonight I've done all three of those things, no more routes to run, no more passes to catch, no more DBs to beat. The journey is complete.

    Dad, I can still feel that hand on my shoulder. Thank you, Allentown. Thank you Kutztown. Thank you Canton. And most of all, thank you Buffalo. I love you.

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