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Buffalo Bills News - June 28, 2001

Marker Bills to honor Levy at Carolina game [12:48 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team will honor former head coach Marv Levy in a ceremony on Sunday, December 9 when the team hosts the Carolina Panthers. In that ceremony Levy will receive his ring from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, commemorating his enshrinement.

Marker Smerlas going on wall when Bills face Pats [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fred Smerlas will be inducted onto the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame Dec. 16 when the Bills play the New England Patriots, the team announced Wednesday.'

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June 27, 2001

Marker 10 Teams in Tailback Trouble--Bills, Pats two of them. [11:56 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie coach Gregg Williams claimed last week that he hoped he didn't have to make a decision until Thanksgiving on the full-time starter. "I hope they're all playing so well that I'm getting the opportunity to play them all," Williams said. Note to Williams: Forget about it. Choose one guy in camp and cement him into the lineup.'

Marker Fred Smerlas to be added to Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame [4:32 PM]
AP reports: 'Fred Smerlas will be inducted onto the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame Dec. 16 when the Bills play the New England Patriots, the team announced Wednesday.'

Marker Gregg Williams' learning curve [12:31 PM] reports: 'Before he ever coaches a regular season game, we can give Gregg Williams credit for this: He speaks with a refreshing dose of honesty. Usually that's good; sometimes, it causes unnecessary problems. Williams is learning that.'

Marker Sammy Morris kicks off 3rd annual UPS-Buffalo Bills Summer Reading Program [11:18 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills, United Parcel Service, just buffalo literary center, and the public library system will kick off Hit the Books, the third annual UPS-Buffalo Bills Summer Reading Program with an event this Thursday, June 28th at 10:30 AM in the Children's Room of the Central Library on Lafayette Square.

Marker Fred Smerlas to be added to Wall on Dec 16 during Patriots Game [11:03 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills today announced that the Wall of Fame ceremony for NT Fred Smerlas will be held on Sunday, December 16 when the team hosts the New England Patriots. Smerlas played at Boston College and is a former New England Patriot as well.

Marker Rob Johnson answers e-mails [9:37 AM] reports: 'Bills quarterback Rob Johnson took time out from his off-season conditioning to answer questions from users. Thanks to Rob for taking time out to answer the questions, and thanks to everyone who submitted questions!'

Marker Charges against Moore dropped in Tennessee [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Corey Moore has been cleared of aggravated assault.'

Marker I Favor RB by Committee [8:26 AM]
The Stadium Wall reports: (Commentary) 'I fully endorse the Bills going with RB by committee right now because there are different versions of it and I hope the Bills use the correct one. The correct version is something similar to what the Broncos have done (usually because of need due to injury and a lot of talent which does distinguish it from the 2001 Bills situation which is due to uncertain talent)...'

June 26, 2001

Marker Rookies learn lesson in dedication from Billick [8:35 PM] reports: Rookie Lesson:

"At some point in your career, and it may be this first year, you're going to have to make a conscious choice: Do I want to be a champion or do I want to go to the Pro Bowl?" Billick said. "That's a hard decision, particularly when you're young and trying to make a name for yourself.

Marker Rookies attend fifth annual Rookie Symposium [8:30 PM] reports: This week, the NFL is holding its fifth annual Rookie Symposium at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va.

Marker Charges against Moore dismissed [1:56 PM]
Jackson Sun reports: 'Moore, 24, was charged with aggravated assault in May after he allegedly hit Jeremiah Taylor with a beer bottle. But the district attorney's office requested the charges be dropped, said Jim Haywood, Moore's attorney.'

Marker Charges dropped against Bills' Moore [1:55 PM]
AP reports: The linebacker had been charged with aggravated assault. The charge was dismissed Monday after the man struck with the bottle refused to testify, said Gary Brown, district attorney general for Haywood County.

Marker Committee approach at running back ? [1:33 PM]
AP reports: "I think Denver has shown it doesn't matter who the running back is," Bills' offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard told the Buffalo News. "Olandis Gary does a great job when Terrell Davis goes out. I think it's just a matter of getting quality people and players that are smart guys that understand what you're trying to do. Does one guy have to be the guy? I don't think so."

Marker recap of Ruben brown Motorcycle Run [11:40 AM]
reports: Over 500 bikers participated in the event benefitting Salvation Army with former Bills quarterback, Jim Kelly and current tight end, Sheldon Jackson among the crowd. Riders paid $25 per person or $35 per couple.

Marker Johnson and Moulds head to work - on the beach [10:40 AM] reports: Two Bills will join the millions of Americans heading to the beach over the next month, but will be working on much more than their tans.

June 25, 2001

Marker This week in Buffalo Bills History [11:16 AM] reports: 'June 25, 1977: Bills veteran backup quarterback Sam Wyche announced his retirement from professional football.'

Marker Two similar teams meet for right to move on [11:14 AM] reports: 'The third of four Super Bills quarterfinals will be played Monday, with two similar squads taking the field against each other in a game that will likely confuse the press and fans alike as two teams just three years apart meet for the right to fight on for the title of best Bills team in history.'

Marker Tom Donahoe answers e-mails [11:13 AM] reports: 'We've talked in detail about a surface called "SportTurf." It's almost a combination. It looks like grass, but it's more artificial. Seattle played on it last year at the University of Washington, and it got rave reviews from their players and the visiting teams' player. The surface was a good surface to play on, so we're going to look into it.'

June 24, 2001

Marker Scout work before camp trips [10:27 PM]
Boston Globe reports: The Boston Globe reviews the teams that helped themselves the most this offseason. Bills rank #9.

'The Bills are not in the top 10 in talent but they're better than last year's record, and new coach Gregg Williams has them working overtime for the first time in years.'

Marker Moulds believes in QB Johnson, new system [9:19 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Bills receiver and two-time Pro Bowl player Eric Moulds hasn't let his rich new contract spoil him. Moulds, who signed a six-year, $40 million contract this offseason, has been one of the most active participants in the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program. Moulds usually spends his offseasons near his home in New Orleans but recognized the importance of buying into the new system.

Marker Lewis harbors no ill feelings over being bypassed [8:24 AM]
USA Today reports: Very last item on page:
Fingers of blame were pointed by several black assistant coaches within the NFL at Donohoe for not hiring Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis as the team's coach after the Ravens won the Super Bowl. Lewis finally has made it clear to Donohoe that he harbors no ill feelings over being bypassed

June 23, 2001

Marker Bills sign Georgia lineman Jennings for 4 years [10:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The deal includes a signing bonus of $450,000 and base salaries of $209,000 (2001), $298,000 (2002), $389,000 (2003) and $418,000 (2004). The 2001 cap value is $321,500. It is only the second contract beyond the second round this year to be for more than three years.

June 22, 2001

Marker Spoon adjusting to Buffalo [11:09 PM] reports: 'Linebacker Brandon Spoon made his wife and and nine-week old daughter, Avery, a little happier last week when he signed his contract with the Bills.'

Marker Marv Levy Answers Emails [11:08 PM] reports: 'This week, interviewed Bills former head coach and soon to be Pro Football Hall of Famer Marv Levy.'

Marker Bills sign Jonas Jennings [4:47 PM]
AP reports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have three of their 12 draft picks left to sign after agreeing to a deal Friday with tackle Jonas Jennings.
Still unsigned are Buffalo's top three selections, including first-rounder Nate Clements.

Marker Backfield Shakeup [4:02 PM]
ESPN reports: 'ESPN's Chris Mortensen discussing Antowain Smith and the loss of Ted Cotrell.'

Marker Anchor in the storm [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '[Tyrone] Robertson, the kid who had passed through so much fire, is now a man who feels blessed to be even in this position. It seems as if he's lived a hundred lives to get here, often times experiencing more than his 21 years would suggest.'

Marker Local fans welcome Bills Caravan [8:25 AM]
Bradford Era reports: 'Morris also said he feels that there is a new sense of urgency this season when asked about the new coaching staff. When questioned about the differences in coaching styles, Morris said Coach Williams is more vocal and hands-on then his predecessor Wade Phillips, who, as Morris put it, was "more laid back."'

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