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Buffalo Bills News - May 12, 2005

Marker Bills ready to party like it's 1964 [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will hold a four-day party at Ralph Wilson Stadium next month to honor two of their greatest teams, and they will unveil a new third jersey as part of the celebration.'

Marker Bills to pack up show for Green Bay trip [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills will be part of the Packers' wildly popular "Family Night" at Lambeau in which an average of 51,444 fans have watched the team's intra-squad scrimmage since 1999. This is the first time an opposing team will take part. The event is televised throughout the state of Wisconsin.'

Marker Levy honed his craft on Alouettes' sideline [4:55 AM]
Montreal Gazette reports: 'Sure, leading the Buffalo Bills to a record four straight Super Bowls (all losses) from 1991-94 while riding a shotgun offence led by quarterback Jim Kelly, running-back Thurman Thomas and wide-receiver Andre Reed was a factor in Levy's induction as a coach. But the five years he spent as head coach of the Alouettes from 1973-77 were important as well.'

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May 11, 2005

Marker Bills will travel to Green Bay for scrimmage [3:40 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Scrimmaging is good for our team because it increases the speed of the game and gives our players a chance to perform in game-type situations, Mularkey said in a statement. We welcome the competition that the scrimmage brings and are excited to be playing in Lambeau field because of its history and mystique."'

Marker Bills Scrimmage with Packers [11:54 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'This marks the fifth consecutive year the Bills have scrimmaged against another team during training camp.'

Marker Family Night set for Aug. 5 [11:53 AM]
Packer Report reports: 'The event will be televised in Green Bay on WLUK-TV Fox 11, as well as throughout the state of Wisconsin on associated stations.'

Marker Family Night to include scrimmage with Buffalo Bills [11:52 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: '"Also, I feel going against different colored jerseys would make for an even more competitive camp. And with the youth we have at some positions, it provides us with another game-like experience, in addition to our four preseason contests."'

Marker Bills To Join Packers In Training Camp, Family Night [11:51 AM]
Packers.com reports: '"We're thrilled to be able to host Buffalo in Green Bay during training camp and to have them be a part of 'Family Night,' " said Packers Executive Vice President/COO John Jones. "We are proud of what 'Family Night' has become for Packers fans and families from around the state. We anticipate this year to be even more exciting with the addition of the Bills. It will be a great way for our younger fans to take in a game-like night in Lambeau Field."'

Marker Bills to scrimmage against Packers in August [11:05 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo held similar scrimmages with Cleveland for the past four years, but the Browns backed out this year because rookie coach Romeo Crennel wanted more time to work with his team. This is the first time since 1991 that the Packers have hosted a team in training camp.'

Marker Bills To Scrimmage The Pack [10:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In a statement Mike Mularkey said, " We are very excited about the opportunity to scrimmage Green Bay during training camp. "Scrimmaging is good for our team because it increases the speed of the game and gives our players a chance to perform in game-type situations. We welcome the competition that the scrimmage brings and are excited to be playing in Lambeau field because of its history and mystique."'

Marker Thurman Thomas' Busy Life [10:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"There are a lot of Bills fans down here in the Orlando area," said Thomas. "Last year I went to a couple of gatherings where the fans watch the games. I've had so much support ever since I retired from the Buffalo Bills. That's why I've always said if you ever cut me open I'll bleed red, white and blue and that will never change."'

Marker Bills to Travel to Green Bay for Scrimmage [10:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills Wednesday announced that the team will travel to Green Bay during training camp to take part in a scrimmage at Lambeau Field on Friday night, August 5. In addition to the scrimmage, the Bills will practice against the Packers twice: once on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 4, and once on Friday morning, Aug. 5.'

May 10, 2005

Marker Worried about T.O.? Get Travis Henry [11:56 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'If you get Henry in here now and get him acclimated, what is the downside? None. If the T.O. thing plays out until August sometime, you (and you quarterback) can sleep at night knowing you have strategic options. If the T.O. thing plays out until mid-November - when Owens would have to report in order to get credit for a year of NFL service - you can win games in the meantime by dusting off the old playbooks.'

Marker Versatile Gates Expected to Add Depth [11:24 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"That's one thing that [Louisville] coach [Bobby] Petrino really harped about, he said that he had a lot of talent in the backfield and not enough balls to go around," Gates said. "We had to do whatever we could to get on the field. So I've been in that situation before and I won't have a problem being in it again."'

Marker Wilson doesn't think bigger is better [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There's about eight or 10 of the high revenue clubs that seem to be united in a block," Wilson said. "They are united. They want to keep the disparity."'

Marker Former GW football star to serve time [5:56 AM]
Danville Register Bee reports: 'The Buffalo Bills drafted Robertson out of Hinds (Miss.) Community College. He played one season for the Bills before being kicked off the team for drug use. Robertson is wanted in Buffalo on charges of probation violation in connection with a previous drug possession conviction.'

May 9, 2005

Marker New Lineman Should Fit in Well [2:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Geisinger is hailed for his intelligence and earned a 4.0 grade point average in Pre-Med at Vanderbilt. His physical characteristics and ability to learn quickly make him a versatile player. "He could be a guy that because of his intelligence could also play center," Bills scout Joe Haering said. "He's one of those kids that if you had him active as a backup on a Sunday, he'll probably be able to play all three positions if you needed him."'

Marker Trafford runs on heart [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Trafford had open-heart surgery and couldn't partake in any physical activity for nearly a year because the sternum needed time to heal. Doctors told him he would never play football again.'

Marker Bills to Honor Thomas with WOF Selection [5:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'He becomes the 22nd member of the Bills Wall of Fame, an honor that was created in 1980 to award former players, administration, and coaches who have played significant roles in the teams history.'

Marker Andre Reed returns for his college degree, following a trail that took him from Kutztown to Buffalo [5:33 AM]
Easton Express Times reports: '"Be ready for the highs and lows in life, the bumps and curves in the road and definitely the achievements and disappointments," he said, "because they're definitely going to happen. To me, that's what life is all about. One thing to remember is, always finish what you start."'

May 8, 2005

Marker Former Buffalo Bill, KU Hall of Famer Andre Reed Graduates from KU [7:37 PM]
Kutztown State University reports: '"I had the opportunity as a student-athlete to excel on the field, and in the classroom," Reed said. "Kutztown prepared me for life's daunting challenges. I was fortunate to play in the NFL. All of my accomplishments would not have been possible were it not for the pursuit of this college degree. Yeah, I took a little detour, but I got it."'

Marker Bills Team Report [6:52 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The team is hoping Mike Gandy can solidify the left tackle spot. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Gandy has decent size, and the team thinks he is big and strong enough to handle physical defensive linemen at the point of attack. He's a smart guy as well with the athletic ability to play in space. If Gandy plays well, the team will probably leave Trey Teague at center to maintain continuity on the rest of the offensive line.'

Marker Bills Honor Thomas [6:26 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Thomas joins Jim Kelly, Kent Hull, Darryl Talley & Jim Ritcher from the super bowl era that are enshrined on the Bills Wall of Fame.'

Marker Former NFL player Andre Reed earns bachelor's degree at age 41 [2:33 PM]
AP reports: 'Reed and his wife, Cyndi, have two children, Auburn, 10, and Andre, 8. ''I wanted them to see how important education is,'' Reed said. ''This was 80 percent for them and 20 percent for me.'''

Marker Thomas Climbs On To The Wall [2:16 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Thomas had eight straight years of running for over one thousand yards. The only other backs in NFL history to accomplish that are Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith.'

Marker Ex-Razorbacks QB Ferguson being treated for colon cancer [2:11 PM]
Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports: 'Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles said Ferguson was diagnosed with colon cancer about a month ago and is undergoing chemotherapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center. "Joe is at one of the best cancer hospitals in America," said Broyles, who coached Ferguson when he played for the Razorbacks from 1970-1972. "Hes receiving excellent treatment and is in good spirits." Broyles said he spoke with Ferguson a few days ago. "He feels good that the treatment is working," Broyles said. "But tell everyone to include Joe in their thoughts and prayers."'

Marker Reed's greatest catch [9:24 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '''People come to me now and say 'you played in four Super Bowls and you didn't win' and that's true, but I ask them what they were doing on those Super Bowl Sundays. They were watching me,'' said Reed, one of 1,036 Kutztown graduates on Saturday. ''All of my success as an NFL player was made possible through my pursuit of a college degree.'''

Marker Reed makes another great catch at Kutztown [9:22 AM]
Reading Eagle reports: 'Indeed, Reed's induction into the Kutztown University Class of 2005 might only be surpassed by his induction into the Canton Class of 2006. I'm definitely hopeful, Reed said. I don't even know what would happen. When that day comes, it would just be. . . . I don't know. I'd have to change my whole thinking.'

Marker One more big play for ex-NFL receiver [9:21 AM]
Reading Eagle reports: 'With everything that's happened over the past 18 years, I got distracted and didn't have the time, Reed said. I probably should've done it sooner. But it's better to be late than never.'

Marker Thurman won this 4-yard battle [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A year from now, five seasons after his retirement, Thomas will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It says here he deserves to gain entrance on the first ballot, an honor bestowed on his college backup, Sanders.'

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