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Buffalo Bills News - August 2, 2002

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.'

Marker Browns training camp log [5:17 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Q: Everybody's looking for re ceivers with your size and your college credentials. Why weren't you drafted and why didn't it work out in Buffalo? A: [Kwame Cavil] I don't know. I guess I didn't run a good time and they didn't feel I was ready for the NFL. Things like that happen for a reason and I'm just happy to be where I am now. With Buffalo, I guess I just didn't fit in anymore. I had a good camp, I thought. You know how things go in the NFL.'

Marker Bills offer change of pace [5:16 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: 'The practices and scrimmage are scripted. In fact, Coach Butch Davis and Bills' coach Greg Williams met last night to go over final details to make sure no one is surprised.'

Marker Cleveland, Buffalo team up to practice and scrimmage [5:15 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: 'The scrimmage will consist of five 12-play series. The first teams will go at it on the first and third possessions. The second teams will compete in the second series, with a mixture of players on the fourth and fifth possessions.'

Marker Browns gear up for Bills [5:14 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'The Bills are due for more prosperous times with Drew Bledsoe. The Browns are banking on Butch Davis - two first-round picks, Gerard "Big Money" Warren and William Green, to cash in the first expansion-era playoff year. The optimistic 2001 also-rans get a chance today and Saturday to see whose optimism is more worthy of investment.'

Marker Jim Kelly [5:13 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"I owe everything to my dad," Kelly said. "He took the time to work with me when I was younger. More than that, he taught me if you work hard enough, anything is possible."'

Marker Buffalo’s Kelly learns how to be a pro in upstart USFL [5:12 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"I was a part of the USFL at the time Buffalo drafted him," said San Diego Chargers General Manager John Butler, who worked in Buffalo when Kelly played there. "I was with George Allen at the Chicago Blitz. We drafted Jim, but we had Greg Landry as our quarterback, so we traded his rights to Houston because we wanted as many great players in the league as we could get."'

Marker Quarterback helped revive Miami program [5:11 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"I believe that he mirrored the physical Buffalo Bills fans - hard-working, tough-as-nails, gritty, determined type of player. Looking at it from a historical perspective, he is one of the three great quarterbacks from the class of 1983. ... Personally, he took an old, washed-up receiver, who couldn't out run his shadow, and made him an All-Pro again. For that, I thank him." - Wide receiver James Lofton'

Marker Jim Kelly: ‘One of greatest competitors’ in NFL uniform [5:10 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"The "Golden Age" of the Buffalo Bills started when (General Manager) Bill Polian pulled off a three-way trade that sent Eric Dickerson to the Colts and the rights to Cornelius Bennett to Buffalo,"Felser said. "That was Marv Levy's first full year there. Jim Kelly was coming into his own, and the "Golden Age" didn't end until 1997, when Kelly was gone."'

Marker Buffalo antes up for top-quality quarterback [5:09 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"Jim Kelly succeeded the legendary Bruce Mathison as Bills' quarterback," said retired Buffalo News sports editor Larry Felser, tongue in cheek. "I think Bruce won one game by accident. When Jim Kelly came to Buffalo, the fans knew it, I knew it, and the players knew it: Jim Kelly was their meal ticket. I don't think many minded what he was being paid."'

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