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Buffalo Bills News - August 3, 2002

Marker Kelly still has hill to climb [5:07 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Here's a quarterbacks club you rarely hear about: Doug Flutie's son, Doug Jr., has severe autism. Boomer Esiason's son, Gunnar, has cystic fibrosis. Mark Rypien's son died of a brain tumor. Jeff Blake's son has no nerve endings to his intestines. Jeff Hostetler's son has a heart ailment. Kurt Warner's stepson is blind. And upon being inducted today into the Hall of Fame, Jim Kelly will spotlight his life of nevers with his son, Hunter.'

Marker Famed toughness [5:06 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Schnellenberger called Kelly the single most important person in the revival of Miami football.'

Marker Son's presence is Kelly's best honor [5:05 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"As tough as Jim is, he'll be the first to tell you his son is tougher,'' said Leo Armbrust, team chaplain for the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins and a close friend of Kelly's.'

Marker Bledsoe is asking $9 million for home [5:04 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Selling the Bledsoe property might be difficult because of its size and price, Thompson said. The house is available for viewing by appointment only, said Maryanne Rizzo, from the DeWolfe real estate agency in Westwood, which is handling the sale.'

Marker Kelly contingent like none before [5:03 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"I brought family, friends, teammates and coaches from as far back as I can remember," Kelly said. "I wish I could have brought more."'

Marker Kelly makes himself top attraction at Hall of Fame induction [4:54 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The former star of the Buffalo Bills has taken over two hotels in nearby Akron and expects about 1,200 close friends from upstate New York and his native western Pennsylvania to attend induction ceremonies on Saturday afternoon.'

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August 2, 2002

Marker Bills offensive line gets tested by Browns [7:53 PM]
AP reports: 'After a relatively injury-free first week, seven Bills went down during Friday's double sessions. The most serious injury was to backup middle linebacker Brandon Spoon, who suffered a ruptured right biceps tendon and will undergo surgery Monday. He could miss the entire season.'

Marker Buffalo stampedes to see Kelly enshrined [7:52 PM]
AP reports: 'In less than four hours Friday, 800 footballs -- at $50 a pop -- with Kelly's likeness on them were sold.'

Marker Bob Kalsu to be honored by U.S. Army [6:59 PM]
Oklahoma City Oklahoman reports: 'Kalsu was an All-American lineman at OU in 1967, then was an eighth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Army Post Honoring Kalsu [6:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Bob Kalsu, a former Oklahoma All-American and the only pro football player killed while serving during the Vietnam War, is being honored by a U.S. Army post in Kentucky.'

Marker Celebration of life [3:40 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Each day Hunter displays strength and courage, not against blitzing defenses but against cancerous cells poisoning his tiny frame. Hunter has surpassed a life expectancy of 14 months by toughing-out more than 15 bouts of life-threatening pneumonia. Hunter battles every day -- not for extra yardage or six points, simply for one more day.'

Marker Kelly's son makes induction special [3:35 PM]
AP reports: '"He's been in and out of hospitals all his life, and he continues to battle," Kelly said. "Ever since I was selected, I've prayed every single day and night that Hunter could be there to see it."'

Marker Bledsoe's Making The Difference [2:34 PM] reports: If you've ever had the opportunity to see or speak to Drew Bledsoe it is apparent that he is a man who possesses charisma, is down-to-earth, and is as friendly as the next guy, regardless of his "superstar" persona. This is not an act for the fans or media. This is Drew Bledsoe. This is how he was raised. This is a credit to his parents.

Marker Kelly's coming to the Hall, and with some guest list [2:07 PM]
AP reports: 'The Pro Football Hall of Fame decided a few months ago to move this year's induction ceremony from the steps out front to the stadium next door. Perfect timing: Jim Kelly's coming -- with 1,200 guests. ``At least,'' Hall spokesman Joe Horrigan said.'

Marker Bills' Spoon out indefinitely with torn biceps [2:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Brandon Spoon is out indefinitely -- and could miss the rest of the year -- after tearing his right biceps tendon in practice on Friday.'

Marker Postcard From Rochester [II] [2:04 PM]
Cleveland Browns reports: 'Bills offensive guard Ruben Brown went down with an injury. Let’s hope it not serious, because the eight-year veteran is a big part of Buffalo’s offense.'

Marker How long have you been a Bills fan? [11:31 AM]
The Stadium Wall reports: Buffan00 wants to know how long have you been a Bills fan?! Head on over to our message board and submit your answer!

Marker Postcard From Rochester [11:09 AM]
Cleveland Browns reports: What you're missing: A small but pretty campus that's very quiet—definitely a great place to hold training camp.'

Marker Kelly Leading Drive Against Krabbes Disease [9:20 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '"Jim always wanted a son, and when Hunter was first diagnosed with cerebral palsy, that just crushed Jim," Hull said. "But cerebral palsy isn't terminal. Then, when they figured out it was Krabbes--which is terminal--I saw Jim shift gears. Jim's a fighter, and so, obviously, is Hunter. "Jim immediately took over and said, 'I can't do anything to help my son. But I'm going to make damn sure that I do something to help make sure another parent doesn't have to go through this.' "'

Marker Seats still available for Hall ceremony [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although all reserved seats have been sold, more than 9,000 free general admission seats will be available Saturday morning at the stadium on a first-come, first-serve basis.'

Marker Motivation Centers around contending [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Everything is done. I'm a Bill. If everything goes as planned, I'll finish as a Bill," he said. "It makes me feel good. It's a quality organization and an organization that's respected throughout the league. What more can I ask for in the twilight of my career?" How about a Super Bowl?'

Marker Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day [8:32 AM] reports: Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day -- check out her shorts

Marker Kelly's approach made him a Hall of a player [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '"Jim truly didn't care about his individual stats. He cared about how many wins the Buffalo Bills had instead of how many touchdown passes Jim Kelly had. He measured his success by the team's success, which is why, more often than not, he would audible to a run rather than a pass. That told you where his focus was. It was on the team."'

Marker Stand up and be heard [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'Gray barely made a slice last season, though, when the Bills stumbled to a 3-13 record and his defense ranked 21st in total yards allowed, 26th in rushing yards allowed, 28th in third-down success and 29th in points allowed.'

Marker It's time to play some real football [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'Saturday's scrimmage will last two hours and each team will probably have five or six 10-play possessions where they can score as often as they can. However, if they don't score in 10 plays, the possession ends and the other team will go on offense.'

Marker Warning: The Dawgs are coming [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'For Cleveland fans, many of whom grew up watching Jim Brown bulldoze opposing defenders, the visit to Fisher is a dream come true.'

Marker Plenty to check out during first scrimmage [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Defensive line. This is considered the weakest unit on the team, and for good reason. Outside of tackle Pat Williams, there is no proven commodity up front.'

Marker Fan of the day [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"We were fortunate to get to three of the Super Bowls in Tampa, Pasadena and Atlanta. They were so exciting. But when (Scott Norwood) missed that kick against the Giants, it was the saddest thing, just awful. I always felt sorry for him."'

Marker Kelly still puts up big numbers [5:19 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"Jim Kelly is bringing along an entourage of family and friends numbering more than 1,000," said HOF information service manager Pete Fierle.'

Marker The targets move to different backs [5:18 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Their No. 1 pick was offensive tackle Mike Williams of Texas. Williams signed last Sunday and reportedly is closer to 400 pounds than the 375 he is listed at. "I've been in this league long enough to know size don't mean nothing. I've seen guys look like Tarzan and play like Jane," said Browns left end Kenard Lang, who will compete against Williams.'

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