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Buffalo Bills News - May 24, 2004

Marker Introducing… Mark Graham [11:48 AM] reports: 'Q: Growing up did you ever imagine yourself to be where you are today?
MG: No, I didn't start playing football until my sophomore year in high school. I always wanted to be a basketball player. I was a huge basketball fan. I still am but football has taken over that.

Marker Burns: Degree of Success [9:36 AM] reports: '"My second dream job is to be a high school history teacher," said Burns. "There were a lot of teachers in my younger days that pushed me to go to college, and encouraged me to do other things besides just graduating from high school. I want to give other kids that same opportunity and motivate them so they know they can achieve any dream they have."'

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May 23, 2004

Marker Joe D continues to live HOF dream [3:31 PM]
Canton Repository reports: '“I watch the Bills all the time. With Drew, they need a good running game and then a three-step drop, because he’s not very mobile, and their tackles are fat, so they’re not very good protecting him around the edges. “If you can’t do that, then you better get a guy who can run."' (free registration required)

Marker Champion Patriots improved even more [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can Drew Bledsoe tailor his game to the Mularkey system? Is McGahee an impact player? Is the offensive line good enough? Who will start at left guard? Can Evans contribute immediately? Can the defense improve from within?'

Marker A day for legends [5:24 AM]
Wilkes Barre Times Leader reports: 'Mazur still cherishes the ring he earned from the Bills' championship year. "That's the fun thing about it, you play for the ring not the money," he said. "I got to be around some special people. Those are wonderful memories. I wish I could have those hours back."'

May 22, 2004

Marker Kelly funds Krabbe's research foundation at UB [6:38 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'It will be part of the university's Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and named for the seven-year-old who suffers from the deadly disease.'

Marker Inside Slant [1:06 PM]
USA Today reports: Bills owner Ralph Wilson, who has a winter home in Palm Beach, Fla., was at a pro tennis match recently, wearing a Bills cap, of course. Miami Dolphins public relations man Harvey Greene spotted Wilson and approached him to say hello, and while making small talk in the sunny weather, said to Wilson: "Beautiful day, huh, just like November at Rich Stadium." At that instance, Wilson's friend, seated nearby, turned to Greene and said: "It's called Ralph Wilson Stadium now."

Marker No time like the present for evaluating 2001 draft [1:05 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Buffalo had a solid draft, although the Bills didn't parlay it into the same success Carolina has been able to attain. But the Bills struck early and often by hitting on CB Nate Clements before they got RB Travis Henry and DE Aaron Schobel in Round 2. Solid. Getting massive tackle Jonas Jennings in the third round was huge, literally and figuratively. They failed to hit big with latter gambles, but their top four picks provided terrific

Marker Offseason of Change [12:58 PM]
Yahoo! Sports/Sporting News reports: Buffalo got younger at fullback (Daimon Shelton for Sam Gash) and left guard (one of three young linemen for Ruben Brown) and older at cornerback (Troy Vincent for Antoine Winfield). The team also likely will replace wideout Josh Reed with speedy rookie Lee Evans. New coach Mike Mularkey brought in offensive coordinator Tom Clement but retained defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. Grade: C+

May 21, 2004

Marker Hunter's Hope Foundation, University at Buffalo Establish Research Institute to Study Krabbe Disease [8:30 PM]
University of Buffalo reports: '''Our family would like to thank all of Western New York for your continued love, prayers and support for the Hunter's Hope Foundation.'''

Marker UB to establish Krabbe research center in Hunter Kelly's honor [8:29 PM]
AP reports: '''The Hunter James Kelly Research Institute is more than a dream come true for our family and Hunter's Hope,'' Jim Kelly said. ''When we started the Hunter's Hope Foundation seven years ago ... we could never had anticipated at that time how blessed we would be today.'''

Marker Tucker Prepares for Life After Football [1:07 PM] reports: 'This offseason I'm working with Merrill Lynch on Pearl and Chippewa Street downtown. I'm working with a team of financial advisors. One of whom is Kurt Schulz who played with the Bills for eight years and Detroit for two. I go two or three times a week for about 10-15 hours a week. I learn a lot, as much as I can, and try to add as much value as I can.'

Marker Inspiration from a former Buffalo Bill [8:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Twenty-five years ago, a special young man's life was changed forever following a chance meeting with a member of the Buffalo Bills. That meeting happened at a Special Olympics race. Recently, the two men got together to run another race, a quarter of a century later.'

May 20, 2004

Marker EWU's Sigler excited to make transition to NFL's Bills [4:28 PM]
Eastern Washington University Easterner reports: '“It’s kind of a different experience,” said Sigler, a 1998 graduate of Coeur d’Alene High School. “I have to do away with that stigma that goes with pro athletes.”'

Marker Reese Back at 100 Percent [4:21 PM] reports: '"My calf was just going to take about two weeks to heal and we only had two weeks left in the season," Reese said. "That's why I was placed on Injured Reserve. If I had another week in the season I would have been able to come back."'

May 19, 2004

Marker Shelton is Recommitted and Ready [1:21 PM] reports: 'Buffalo, looking for some affordable fullback help signed Shelton to a two-year deal on Jan. 28, and he has since recommitted himself to the game. With Sammy Morris signing in Miami, and Sam Gash's departure to New Orleans, his signing is all the more important.'

Marker Bills sign Euhus [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Noted for his catching ability and presenting a big target with a 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame, Euhus is expected to compete for a backup spot next season behind returning starter Mark Campbell.'

Marker Former Packer Don Beebe takes high school coaching job for free [5:19 AM]
AP reports: 'He will tailor its complicated play-calling to his high school players by using a numbers system advocated by Marv Levy, Beebe's head coach in Buffalo.'

May 18, 2004

Marker The Bills Get One Of Their 2004 Picks Under Contract [9:03 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Euhus was All-Pac 10 this season thanks to 49 catches for 645 yards and seven scores. In his career, Euhus grabbed 98 balls for 1,346 yards and nine TD's.'

Marker Bills Sign Draft Pick Euhus [8:54 PM] reports: 'Euhus is the first of the Bills six draft picks to sign with the team.'

Marker Bills sign 4th-round pick, TE Euhus [8:52 PM]
AP reports: 'Euhus' agent William Heck said his client was pleased with how easily negotiations went, wrapping the deal up within a day.'

Marker Jim Ritcher Answers Fan Questions [3:56 PM] reports: 'Q: What was the most important aspect to your success as a player for the Bills?
JR: Being surrounded and having great coaches and great teammates always. Through high school, college and with the Buffalo Bills. I was always surrounded with good people.'

Marker Lee Evans Decides On No. 83 [11:44 AM] reports: 'Tight end Mark Campbell, who picked up No. 83 after Dave Moore left this offseason and wore it during the team's first two mini-camps, will switch back to No. 84, the number he wore during the 2003 season.'

May 17, 2004

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Bill Brooks [1:21 PM] reports: '"You just had to go out there and do your job," Brooks said. "Steve Tasker got a chance to play and show everyone how good of a wide receiver he was. Everyone always looked at Steve as a special teams guy, but we saw Steve every day in practice and Steve was a great receiver. He went out there and played well. The guys stepped in and did their jobs. That’s what you have to do if you’re backing-up or you’re the third or a fourth receiver or whatever. When your time is called, just be ready. That’s what I was trying to do, not try to do more than what I can, just stay within myself and do my job. Give credit to the coaches for putting me in the right situations at the right times for my ability."'

Marker Chandler Stands Tall Among Bills QBs [10:14 AM] reports: '"I have faith that God is in control, that has always helped me through whatever happens," Chandler said. "I want to be a Buffalo Bill. I have a great coaching staff ahead of me, directly being under Sam Wyche who is a great offensive coach and quarterback coach."'

Marker SWAN SONGS: Off-season list of NFL's retiring players [8:47 AM]
Fox Sports reports: BRUCE SMITH, defensive end — 19 seasons
Buffalo Bills (1985-99), Washington Redskins (2000-2003)
Career in a nutshell: Though some critics moaned that Smith stuck around too long with his eye solely on the all-time NFL sack record, no one can argue the fact that he was one of the best defensive ends of the last quarter century. Last season, he finally passed Reggie White for the all-time record and Smith is the only player with 200 career sacks. Under coach Marv Levy, Smith was a cornerstone of the fabled Bills teams that reached an unprecedented four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s.

May 16, 2004

Marker For new starters, it's ready or not [11:59 AM]
NFL.COM reports: Getting after the passer is what San Diego needs Otis Leverette to do and Buffalo expects the same from Ryan Denney in Buffalo.

Marker Backup Plan [11:58 AM]
CNN/SI reports: Blake would give Buffalo a fairly safe middle option, should starter Drew Bledsoe continue to struggle or go down with an injury, and first-round pick J.P. Losman prove to be at least a year away, as everyone expects.

Marker Cornelius Bennett Inducted into Alabama Sports HoF [11:57 AM]
Birmingham News reports: "Starring for the Buffalo Bills, Bennett was named NFL Rookie of the Year. He played in five Super Bowls, appeared in five Pro Bowls and was named second team on the NFL All-Decade Team."

Marker Open Market Not Kind to Collins [11:57 AM] reports: Drew Bledsoe recognized the youth movement around the league and renegotiated his contract to buy time for J.P. Losman to eventually replace him in Buffalo.

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