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Buffalo Bills News - August 4, 2002

Marker Kelly, Bills fans bring cheers, tears [6:00 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Kelly's entourage of 1,100 was more than double any following for previous inductees and the crowd of 20,000 was the Hall's largest.'

Marker In Canton, Kelly's a million-dollar Bill [5:59 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'At other times, Kelly, 42, also displayed the timing of a gifted comedian, the spirit of a college cheerleader and the stage presence of a great preacher as he accepted his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a stirring 17-minute speech.'

Marker Kelly makes it Hall mark day [5:58 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Of the crowd of 17,700, at least 1,100 were personally invited by Kelly.'

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Marker Kelly salutes son at Hall of Fame induction [9:47 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I learned how to be a quarterback in my USFL days," Kelly said. "It really prepared me to run the offense in Buffalo."'

Marker No. 12 everywhere as Buffalo shows up for Kelly [8:44 PM]
AP reports: 'More than 150 buses rolled in from upstate New York, and the "Let's Go, Buffalo" and "Kel-ly, Kel-ly" chants started about two hours before the ceremony kicked off. "I feel like I'm in Buffalo," said Bills center Kent Hull. "Look at this."'

Marker Kelly's salute to son caps teary ceremony [8:43 PM]
AP reports: '"It's been written that the trademark of my career was toughness," Kelly said. "The toughest person I ever met in my life was my son, my hero, Hunter. I love you, buddy."'

Marker Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day [5:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: She's Aug. 2 - Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day

Marker Archived Scrimmage Video [5:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: If you missed the Bills - Browns Scrimmage here's archived video (full scrimmage)courtsey of Empire Sports Network and buffalobills.com.

Marker Kelly, Stallworth Among 5 Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame [4:55 PM]
Bloomberg reports: '"I've had the pleasure of playing on some pretty good football teams," Kelly said. "Today, I join the greatest team of them all, the Pro Football Hall of Fame."'

Marker Browns offense sputters against Bills [4:49 PM]
AP reports: '"Last year, we didn't have the pressure that we needed," Winfield said. "But right now, the guys are flying around and doing their jobs."'

Marker Report From Canton: The Day Kelly Awaited [4:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: buffalobills.com writer Tim O'Shei reports from Canton, OH. Kelly: "I woke up this morning with a big smile on my face, even though it was 5:30 in the morning," Kelly said three hours before his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "I know my son Hunter is going to be here."

Marker Bledsoe Talks About Scrimmage [1:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: It was good for us, and this team. They were 3-13 last year and everything we can do that establishes a sense of confidence in what we're doing both offensively and defensively, would be a good thing. I think this is a step for us.

Marker Bledsoe home up for $9M [9:59 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Thompson said selling the Bledsoe's property might be difficult because of its size and price, despite his celebrity status. The home is 11,000 square feet.'

Marker Kelly Heads to the Hall [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know if Akron and Canton are ready for the Kellys," Kelly said Friday. "I'm from a big family, and we've always done things together with all of our friends. This will be no different."'

Marker Second to none [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He might not have been the best player in Bills history, but he unquestionably was Buffalo's greatest Bill.'

Marker Browns turn Bills black, blue [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills expected their joint practices with the Cleveland Browns to be spirited, but they didn't anticipate paying such a high physical price.'

Marker Healthy Morris is ready to run [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There's a lot of competition at the position, but he's the type of person that will fight for the job," running backs coach Steve Fairchild said. "He's the nicest guy to be around, and the perfect kind of guy you want to coach. His mind is in the right place."'

Marker Summertime, and the viewing is easy for Bills fans [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Empire plans to rebroadcast the Kelly special and the scrimmage starting at 7:30 tonight. Channel 4 plans a half-hour special on the induction and Kelly's career at 7 tonight.'

Marker Postcard From Rochester (III) [9:00 AM]
Cleveland Browns reports: 'Buffalo safety Coy Wire. I like the name, but I also like his style. He's physical and fearless like Robert Griffith. He's been knocking heads all day.'

Marker Browns add to intensity [6:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo's Ruben Brown, Erik Flowers, Tyrone Robertson and Brandon Spoon found that out in the morning when all four suffered various injuries, with Spoon's probable season-ending biceps tendon rupture by far the most serious.'

Marker Right tackle looking very right [6:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Squared off against some of the NFL's better defenders, Williams sure didn't look like a rookie, more like a seasoned traffic cop against the likes of linemen Kenard Lang and Gerard Warren, the Browns' No. 1 pick a year ago, and Pro Bowl linebacker Jamir Miller, who had 114 tackles and 13 sacks last fall.'

Marker Training camp information [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Empire will broadcast the scrimmage live.'

Marker Spoon probably lost for season [6:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'He extended his right arm to make a hit when injured and will have surgery on Monday. Spoon suffered a similar injury to his left arm in college, costing him an entire year.'

Marker Fan of the Day [6:18 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've been a Browns fan ever since growing up in East Cleveland. Browns fans are glad to show Bills fans what REAL fans are all about. We're confident in our quarterback, but we're really looking for a running game. I'll tell you one thing, the Browns will be better than the Bills, and it won't even be close!"'

Marker Offense making gains, but still has far to go [6:15 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Earlier in the day, Bills coach Gregg Williams paid the Browns a compliment when he said: "They're extremely physical. Butch and I both want to establish a physical presence, and he's done a good job of that."'

Marker Green's daylong battle vs. Fletcher ends with injury [6:14 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Shea said Fletcher is a "dirty player" based on their altercation in the morning session. "I was just blocking the heck out of him and he wanted to be Mr. Tough Guy and try and rip my helmet off, but that's a 15-yard penalty for my offense," said Shea. "I've got something for him [today]." And that would be? "I'm just kidding," Shea said. "But he is dirty, like a Bill Romanowski."'

Marker Browns have a fan in Fletcher [5:59 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: '''But I'm happy I'm here. Things happen for a reason. This is a great organization and they're aggressive in the way they play defense. This is the best place for me. It suits my style. Don't be surprised if we're out there playing in late January."'

Marker Pro football’s greats share their knowledge [5:26 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Friday morning, Kelly took the time to talk to 200 high school and youth football coaches brought to town from across the nation for a three-day youth football summit. Kelly gave a heart-felt talk at Kent State University Stark Campus about his high school football experiences in rural Pennsylvania. It was his small way of thanking all high school football coaches for the important job they do of teaching America's young athletes.'

Marker Bledsoe ready to start new life with Buffalo [5:25 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'By now, has anybody played the "diminished skills" card on him? "Not to my face," Bledsoe laughed.'

Marker Fletcher signed with Bills after Browns didn’t make call [5:24 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"The day I signed with Buffalo," Fletcher said after a Friday morning practice against the Browns, "Cleveland initiated a call, trying to get me to visit."'

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