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Bills' Gilchrist passes at 75 -
"I had the opportunity last week to speak with Cookie and we had a good conversation," said Ralph Wilson. "Today is a sad day for me, the Bills and all of the community that Cookie is no longer with us and I want to offer my deepest sympathies to his family and friends."

Bills Focus: Remembering Cookie Gilchrist (2:12) -
A look back at Cookie's career with highlights and remembrances.

Cookie Gilchrist rumbled right until the end - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Paul Maguire lends Tim Graham a hand in this excellent remembrance.

Cookie Gilchrist Remembered
Inside The Bills | Cookie memories

"Bills former WR/HB/DB Ed Rutkowski was Cookie Gilchrist’s teammate for all three seasons that he was with the Bills and recalled some humorous anecdotes from Gilchrist’s time with the club on this the day of his passing at age 75."

Gilchrist put Bills into city's soul - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"No athlete in Buffalo history ever had such a short-lived run in Western New York while making such a big impact on the community's sporting consciousness as Cookie Gilchrist."

Cookie was outspoken, ahead of his time - Jerry Sullivan - The Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan discusses the outspoken businessman and athlete that Cookie Gilchrist was.

Former Buffalo Bills RB Cookie Gilchrist dies | Democrat and Chronicle
Calling him "Mr. Gilchrist", Sal Maiorana recounts the story of Bills FB Cookie Gilchrist.

Obituary: Carlton Chester 'Cookie' Gilchrist / Outspoken, Brackenridge-born star running back
Gilchrist's hometown obituary from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Cookie Gilchrist, Bruising Runner in A.F.L., Dies at 75 -
"A four-time All-Pro fullback in the American Football League, Gilchrist was also a voice against discriminatory treatment of black players."

AFL standout Gilchrist dies at 75 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Gilchrist feuded with Bills owner Ralph Wilson, who waived him in 1964, but the two settled their differences last week, Thomas Gilchrist said. "I'm glad they had that conversation," Edgerson said. "When I visited him, he told me, 'I've got to bury the hatchet with Mr. Wilson.'"

Remembrances of Cookie - BillBoard - Blogs - The Buffalo News
"Here are some excerpts of interviews Mark Gaughan has done over the years related to Cookie Gilchrist."

BillBoard - Blogs - The Buffalo News
"Pete Weber, play-by-play broadcaster for the NHL's Nashville Predators and former Buffalo sports personality, provided the following archived audio clip from a Cookie Gilchrist interview with Barry Halper in the War Memorial Stadium locker room after the 1964 AFL title game."

Van Miller on passing of Bills RB Cookie Gilchrist |
Van Miller, the "Voice of the Bills," remembers Buffalo Bills great RB Cookie Gilchrist, a man he calls "one-of-a-kind."

Cookie Gilchrist: The Best Bill? | | Blogs
Paul Peck asks the question aloud.

Gilchrist was ex-Broncos, early AFL star - The Denver Post
Former Bills and Broncos coach Mac Speedie talks about his former player.

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Merriman impact should improve pass rush -

"That could all change however, with the re-signing of Shawne Merriman. A proven playmaker when healthy, and a prognosis that is positive for a full recovery from a persistent Achilles strain, Merriman could go a long way to solving Buffalo’s pass rush problem.""

Week 18: Offseason Game Plan (3:55) -
Steve Tasker and Chris Brown look ahead to the offseason in this installment.

Inside The Bills | Bills take sides in title gm
Reggie Torbor, Antonio Coleman, and Spencer Johnson all went to Auburn. Torbor left a bright orange Auburn T-shirt in Oregon alum Jairus Byrd's locker on the last day the two men were in Buffalo.

Inside The Bills | Chan talks to Mr. Wilson
"We talk every week," Gailey said. "He and I visit every week. We talk about the game. I tell him what was good and what was bad. This last one we did the same thing and we talked about having a season-ending overall evaluation about where we are and where we’re headed."

Receivers catching on quickly - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"The departures of Terrell Owens and Josh Reed left the Buffalo Bills without a proven wide receiver opposite Lee Evans. But a perceived weakness became one of the team's biggest strengths by the end of the season."

Did Bills get all they could in Lynch trade? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham tries to find out.

OK Bills Fans. Fairley Or Newton? - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Joe Buscaglia wraps up his thoughts from the BCS National Championship game.

Taking on Mt. Kilimanjaro - Dunkirk | The Observer
"Come this February, Joe DeLamielleure will join with former National Football League player Kenn Huff, as well as the former President of the Walter Camp Foundation, Tom Lally, in an attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, Africa." They are climbing for the Wounded Warriors.

Merriman gets good guarantee - BillBoard - Blogs - The Buffalo News
"The details of the contract extension signed by linebacker Shawne Merriman with the Bills show that Merriman is expected to get more guaranteed money than originally reported."

Trio Of Important Bills Head to Final Years Of Deals : Buffalo Sports Daily
Steve Johnson, Demetrius Bell, and Ryan Fitzpatrick are all entering the final year of their contracts according to Patrick Moran who predicts the outcome of neogtiations.

The omen is now on Buddy and company - Buffalo Wins
A year after Chan Gailey was hired, Joe Pinzone has decided he likes the move and Gailey exceeded his expectations in yer one.

Even Google doesn't know who Kyle Williams is. #bills #m... on Twitpic
Check out this screen grab from a Google search.