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Buffalo Bills' AFL championship teams to be honored at season opener

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The Buffalo Bills' 1964 and 1965 AFL championship teams will be honored on the 50th anniversary of their accomplishment during the Bills' Week 1 showdown with Indianapolis.

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We heard rumors back in June that the Buffalo Bills were going to honor the 1964 and 1965 AFL Championship teams at their home opener Indianapolis Colts, but there was one problem: the players they were purportedly honoring hadn't heard anything from the team, and the Bills never put out a press release about the event. That changed in late August.

Tammy McDole, daughter of Bills legend Ron McDole, posted the following to the "Remember the AFL" Facebook group on August 27, giving folks invited to attend just over two weeks to make arrangements.

"The Buffalo Bills would also like to invite you to attend a special presentation for members of the 1964 and 1965 AFL Championship teams. During halftime of the home opener vs. the Colts, members of the championship teams will convene in the center of the field for a special presentation, recognizing all of you and your teammate’s contributions in winning an AFL Championship as a member of our family, the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills are proud of you and all of our alumni, and we are very proud of this time in our team’s history. You are a special part of the AFL Championship teams and this memory is something that our organization holds near and dear to our heart. Congratulations once again on this great accomplishment and incredible memory for all Bills players and fans alike. We would be honored to have you join us."

There were also rumblings that the team might add either Cookie Gilchrist or Lou Saban or both to the team's Wall of Fame. That vote was supposed to take place during training camp, but nothing has been heard about that.