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Buffalo Bills News - January 25, 2003

Marker Thurman talks of trouble [11:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On ESPN's sports issues program "Outside the Lines" (9:30 a.m. Sunday), Thomas tells reporter Tom Rinaldi that he lost purpose and became an alcoholic after retirement. In his first interview since rehab, Thurman tells ESPN: "I was completely out of control. I didn't have anything to do. We were going to restaurants having dinner, and I kept excusing myself to go to the bathroom, when in reality I wasn't going to the bathroom. I was going to the bar."'

Marker Bills send six to Europe [11:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills signed six free agents Friday and assigned them to NFL Europe.'

Marker DeLamielleure shouldn't have to sweat Hall [11:34 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: Of the 13 offensive linemen who have been elected to the Hall of Fame since 1970, DeLamielleure's numbers are comparable or better than everybody's but those of Anthony Munoz and John Hannah.

Marker Wilson deserves to bust into Canton [5:43 AM]
D and C reports: '“I can’t say enough about Ralph Wilson as a leader,” he said.'

Marker DeLamielleure has been lost in the Hall shuffle [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Class of 2003 will be announced today and if the voters do their homework, they will tell the folks in Canton, Ohio to start casting bronze busts of “Joe D” and the man who drafted him, Ralph Wilson.'

Marker Advice on losing from a Bills fan [5:41 AM]
Leesburg Daily Commercial reports: 'Stop and appreciate just getting there. Realize this, every Bills fan that died before January 1991 never saw the Bills advance to a Super Bowl in their lifetime. The same applies in Tampa for those no longer with us as of two weeks ago. Putting it bluntly, think of Cubs fans.'

Marker Tortoise beats the hare [5:40 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'I can still see that ball, etched against the Florida night. Four years of Super Bowl frustration had begun for the Bills.'

Marker Gibbs solves no-huddle [5:39 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Joe Gibbs had this problem: The Washington coach was uncertain if he could make defensive situation substitutions while Buffalo was instrumenting its no-huddle offense. Gibbs' solution: to create in practice a replica of the Bills' scheme with his own players, have them run the no-huddle at Buffalo's pace, and test if he could substitute.'

Marker Here's a vote for valor [5:38 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Valor can be measured in many ways. To me, there never has been a more compelling demonstration of it than Don Beebe's in this game.'

Marker Finding honor in defeat [5:37 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'It didn't matter. What mattered in my thinking was how the Bills had persevered. Honor them.'

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January 24, 2003

Marker Bills Add Six To Roster [4:11 PM] reports: '...all of whom will be allocated to the NFL Europe League.'

Marker Simonton among six free agents signed by Bills [4:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo also signed fullback Jarrett Ferguson, safety Milton Proctor, offensive lineman Ronald Boldin, linebacker Merceda Perry and kicker Jason Witczak.'

Marker DeLamielleure finally getting his due [4:07 PM]
AP reports: 'DeLamielleure's true impact, however, didn't become apparent until recently. That's when football enthusiast and researcher John Turney came out with a list ranking DeLamielleure as the NFL's third-most accomplished offensive lineman as far as awards go, only behind John Hannah and Anthony Munoz and ahead of other celebrated linemen such as Ron Yary, Dwight Stephenson and Dan Dierdorf.'

Marker Steelers are also in the running for LeBeau's services [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is believed the Bills want LeBeau to serve as a defensive assistant to coordinator Jerry Gray.'

Marker Bills up cost $3 per game [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to the Bills, the average ticket for a game will cost $40.61. Based on 2002 prices, that would rank as the third-lowest average ticket price in the NFL behind Atlanta ($29.78) and Arizona ($33.68), in figures furnished by Team Marketing Report.'

Marker LeBeau to talk to Bills, Steelers [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau will sit down with Bills coach Gregg Williams and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray after the Super Bowl to discuss joining the team in some defensive capacity.'

Marker LeBeau checking his options before making commitment [5:16 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'The Bills, who do not have an opening on their staff, might be willing to create a position for LeBeau, who has been a player or a coach in the NFL for the past 44 years. "We would be willing to do that," Bills president Tom Donahoe said. "You have to create something that the guy feels comfortable with and he feels like he's making a contribution."'

Marker Bills owner Wilson a Hall finalist [5:15 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Owner Ralph Wilson and guard Joe DeLamielleure, who brought glory and winning to the Buffalo Bills, are among the 15 finalists in voting Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wilson, of Grosse Pointe Shores, was an original owner of the Bills when they joined the American Football League.'

Marker Rob Johnson, understudy [5:14 AM]
Orange County Register reports: '"I've gone through some rough times," said Johnson, now 29. "There have been a lot of disappointments and injuries. I had that playoff game won against Tennessee, if you remember, a couple of years ago (2000). But then the Titans pulled off The Music City Miracle. Stuff just seems to happen to me."'

January 23, 2003

Marker Rob Johnson OK with being No. 2 [9:54 PM]
AP reports: '``It's a situation I picked out,'' Rob said Thursday of joining the Buccaneers this season, even though Brad beat him out for the starting job in training camp. ``I wanted to learn a lot of football from (coach) Jon Gruden. I wouldn't change a thing. I could have gone to other places, I could have gone back to Buffalo. I'm glad to be here.'''

Marker Len Pasquarelli: Jags reach agreement with ex-quarterback Harris [5:58 PM]
ESPN reports: Two weeks of interviews and one surprising rejection later, the Jaguars have reached an agreement with Ravens pro personnel director James Harris.

Also interviewed was Buffalo Bills assistant GM Tom Modrak. Harris played for the Buffalo Bills (1969-71) as well as other teams and was named as the most valuable player in the 1975 Pro Bowl game.

Marker Sack Back Program [3:19 PM] reports: While he has built a career on preventing sacks, Bills all-pro guard Ruben Brown participated in an event that promoted giving them up. On Wednesday, January 22, Brown joined representatives of Tops Friendly Markets to cap the "Sack Back" program.

Marker Billy Buffalo In Hawaii [2:48 PM] reports: Billy Buffalo will once again represent the Buffalo Bills at the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Check in on the week's events by reading Billy's postcards starting Wednesday, January 29. Billy will answer questions from fans and let everyone know how he and the players - guard Ruben Brown, quarterback Drew Bledsoe, running back Travis Henry and wide receiver Eric Moulds - are spending their week in paradise

Marker Bills raise nearly all ticket prices [1:23 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Ticket prices will now range from $30 - $39 for season ticket holders and $30 -$48 for tickets to individual games.'

Marker Playoff Flashback: Jan. 23, 1994 [10:04 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills made history by becoming the only team ever to reach four consecutive Super Bowls with a solid, 30-13, victory over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. RB Thurman Thomas set a franchise record with 189 rushing yards on 33 carries and a club-record three TDs.

Marker Where Are They Now: Mark Kelso [9:23 AM] reports: With 30 career interceptions, third on Buffalo’s all-time list, Kelso played eight seasons for the Bills and started in all four of the team’s Super Bowl appearances. However, some of his fondest memories as a member of the Bills didn’t occur on the field.

Marker Wilson gave Raiders aid to stay afloat [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Over breakfast in San Francisco, Wilson asked Valley how much money he needed to keep going for a year. “He said, ‘I need $400,000,’ “ Wilson said. “I said, ‘OK. I’ll put it up because I want the league to keep going.’ “'

Marker Bulldozing clear path to Canton [5:29 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``Joe D. did everything by example on the field and off,'' Rutigliano. ``One wife, one life, he has been a role model for a lot of people.'''

January 22, 2003

Marker Coaching carousel: Ruel joins Bills [8:23 PM]
Packer Report reports: '"I remember looking at film of them when the Packers played them late in the season and remember thinking how much talent the team has on both sides of the football. The offensive line in particular has a strong nucleus and a great mix of solid veterans and young players. I'm looking forward to it tremendously."'

Marker Bills sign four free agents [8:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Former Green Bay running back De'Mond Parker signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday. The Bills also signed cornerback Ronald Hardge, tight end Ryan Neufeld and linebacker Josh Stamer.'

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