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Buffalo Bills News - August 2, 2002

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."'

Marker Milloy can't wait to face new Bills QB [5:08 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"Those two games, for me...There are only a few guys that I really, really respect in this league. And the way I work is, if I respect you, you're going to get my best. And that's what I'm going to do with him. I'm going to want to kick his ass, basically."'

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August 1, 2002

Marker Bills Set To Face Browns Next Two Days [11:52 PM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe and the Bills offense completed Thursday's afternoon session with a crowd pleasing two-minute drill that was culminated by a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jay Riemersma with no time left on the clock.

Marker Bills - Browns Scrimmage Notes [10:31 PM] reports: The Bills and Browns have met 11 times during the regular season and Cleveland holds a 7-4 edge in those contests but the Bills have won the last two. They last met in Cleveland in 1995 when Buffalo recorded a 22-19 win.

Marker Bills look forward to Browns scrimmage [9:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams and his staff know the two days against the Browns will provide a more tangible means for evaluating talent. Players tend to coast through the monotony of two-a-day practices.'

Marker Bills Stars Weigh In For A Good Cause [9:23 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills veterans Ruben Brown and Pat Williams had a big weigh in today and it did not involve being on the football field. This weigh in was a little different. This weigh in helped the Food Bank of Western New York and the Rochester Food Link beef up.

Marker Final chapter [4:44 PM]
Butler Eagle reports: 'Kelly, who set many passing records with the Buffalo Bills, has already set a Hall of Fame record: most rooms reserved.'

Marker Kelly's ability to lead earns him induction [4:03 PM]
AP reports: 'For all the honors, passing numbers and victories Kelly compiled, few could match the quarterback's confidence and determination. Some had better arms and many had faster feet, but Kelly had an unmistakable ability to lead.'

Marker London Fletcher Diary [3:23 PM] reports: LB London Fletcher is reporting from Training Camp. He'll be giving you the inside scoop of what's going on as the Bills prepare for the regular season.

Marker Training Camp Photos [2:38 PM] reports: Photos from the 2002 Bausch & Lomb Training Camp

Marker Mr. Wilson To Answer Questions From Bills Fans [2:09 PM] reports: Ralph Wilson reintroduced football to Western New York in 1960 when he formed the Buffalo Buffalo and joined Lamar Hunt, along with six owners, to make the American Football League. The league persevered and merged with the long established National Football League.

Marker Kelly will be surrounded by friends and family [1:26 PM]
ESPN reports: "Paterno still contends that Kelly would have been a star at Linebacker U., and insisted last week that he would have played in the NFL on the defensive side of the ball and been a Pro Bowl caliber performer."

Marker Where Are They Now: Ron McDole [11:55 AM] reports: Where Is He Now: During the early stages of his football career, Ron McDole was either one of the most persistent players in the NFL or AFL, or he was one of the unluckiest.

Marker Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day [11:54 AM] reports: Photo of the fan of the day at camp.

Marker Record Crowd Expected For Saturday's Enshrinement [10:47 AM] reports: Large contingents are expected from the Buffalo and Pittsburgh areas. Officials at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and representatives of the participating Law Enforcement Agencies suggest fans arrive early on Saturday to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.

Marker Johnson brings perspective to receiving corps [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm letting them know that - you know what? - it's a game," Johnson said. "You love the game. We're blessed to be in the position we're in. But you gotta remember to enjoy it. Have fun with it. I enjoy the game and I have fun with it."'

Marker Flowers must bloom [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: '"My first two years stunk," Flowers said without hesitation. "What am I supposed to say, that I had outstanding years? No, of course not."'

Marker Teague tackles duties as center [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: '"Right now, we feel it's the best way to get the best five guys out there," Williams said. "The fact everyone is versatile and we can move things if there's an injury (is nice), but that's the way we want to start camp and how we want to progress into the season."'

Marker Bannan has an opportunity on defensive line [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: '"So far, he's been everything we thought he'd be when we drafted him," said John Levra, the Bills defensive-line coach. "He has good quickness, good toughness, good change of direction and he's been good in the classroom, trying to absorb everything he can."'

Marker Retired Hansen has no regrets [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '"I might have played a year too long with the pounding. Now that it's over, my body's more important to me than beating the hell out of it. I couldn't do it at the level I wanted to anymore so I have no regrets (about retiring)."'

Marker Bills fan of the day [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '"Of all the teams in the league, I think we've improved the most in the off-season. Mike Williams will be an impact player: He's a mountain."'

Marker Bills star Jim Kelly ensures huge gang of friends, relatives all here [5:24 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'The Kelly contingent has booked 505 hotel rooms -- including 360 at the Quaker Square Crowne Plaza and Radisson City Center in downtown Akron. Could there be a bigger bash? Crowne Plaza director of sales Dave Cox said: ``I suppose if Elvis threw one."'

Marker Jim Kelly 'blessed' by son's presence [5:23 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``Hunter got to hear what it's like to have 75,000 fans cheering for you,'' Kelly said. ``That was the highlight of my career in that stadium. We're praying that we can have another moment like that one in Canton."'

July 31, 2002

Marker Levra ready to retire after this season [8:33 PM]
AP reports: '"I've enjoyed it all, and I'm still enjoying it," Levra said Wednesday as the Bills continued training camp in suburban Rochester. "But my grandchildren are eight-years-old now, and I want to be able to spend some time with them. I didn't get a lot of time with my children when they were growing up because I was coaching."'

Marker Kelly just part of Metzelaars' weekend [8:32 PM]
NFL Insider reports: 'Metzelaars will be in Canton for the NFL's Youth Football Summit, a "think tank" for high school coaches from around the nation that will be held from Thursday through Saturday in conjunction with Hall of Fame Weekend.'

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