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Reed weighs in on Bills QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2015 – 12:03 pm

Bills Hall of Famer Andre Reed appeared as a guest on NFL Network’s NFL AM show Tuesday. He was asked to weigh in on Buffalo’s quarterback situation. Unlike most he’s not assuming that recent acquisition Matt Cassel will be the starting QB come September.

“There’s going to be a quarterback competition,” Reed said. “They’ve got Matt Cassel now and they brought Tyrod Taylor in from the Ravens. There’s going to be three guys competing and Rex won’t make a decision until probably the first game.

“I think EJ (Manuel) is going to get another chance and another crack at this. I’d like to see him do well. He’s a good kid. He has all the tools to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. I think the guys are behind him. He just has to have the right mindset going into camp of not only getting better, but being the leader that this team needs on offense.”

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Reed to be honored at alma mater

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2014 – 10:05 am


Bills Hall of Famer Andre Reed will be receiving a pretty important honor today at his alma mater, Kutztown State.

Kutztown University’s stadium, currently known as University Field, will be named in honor of the Golden Bear alumnus in a ceremony prior to the team’s 1 p.m. game today.

The Kutztown University Council of Trustees approved the name Andre Reed Stadium at a meeting last month.

“Andre Reed is one of the best players ever to play the game of pro football, and his induction into the Hall of Fame is a testament to that,” said KU Acting President Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto.  “We are truly honored to name our stadium after a Golden Bear legend.”

Reed will be on hand for the festivities prior to the game.

“Andre is truly is the most decorated athletic alumnus in the history of our university,” said Greg Bamberger, KU Director of Athletics.  “He is the only Pro Football Hall of Famer ever in the long and storied history of the PSAC, and we are proud to call him a Golden Bear.”

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Reed’s HOF Ring of Excellence

Posted by on September 21, 2014 – 10:24 am

During a special halftime ceremony, Andre Reed will receive his Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence from Hall of Fame President David Baker.

The Ring of Excellence joints the Gold Jacket and Bronzed Bust as the last of the three iconic symbols that represent the elite status of being a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Learn more.

Here’s a closer look at Andre Reed’s ring.

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Andre Reed’s message to Bills fans

Posted by on September 21, 2014 – 10:18 am

During a special halftime ceremony, Andre Reed will receive his Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence from Hall of Fame President David Baker.

Andre has a message for Buffalo Bills fans on this special day –

“I am excited, proud, and honored for my Hall of Fame ring presentation this weekend. Where else would you rather be … but in Buffalo with my family, friends and fans of the 2-0, division-leading Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo is my second home; I am here with my teammates in my Gold Jacket at Ralph Wilson Stadium. I could never have dreamed this moment would come in my life, yet here we are.

I love you all, you have my heart and my soul Buffalo, and with this ring we head into the Hall of Fame for life together.

Let’s do this, Buffalo, feed off the great energy around this organization. Go beat the Chargers and thank you all for keeping the Bills where they belong.


-Andre Reed

MORE: Photos of Andre Reed’s Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence


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Gameday activities: Chargers vs. Bills

Posted by on September 18, 2014 – 2:08 pm

Here’s a rundown of gameday activities for Sunday’s week 3 game against the San Diego Chargers.



Sunday, September 21, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Gates open: 11:30 a.m.
Gameday Experience: ADPRO Sports Training Center Fieldhouse open 9:30 a.m.

The first 30,000 guests will receive a Andre Reed Hall of Fame “MyFanClip”

Player warm-ups: 11:55 a.m.
Stampede performance: 12:40 p.m.
Leader of the Charge: Lee Evans
Color guard: US Marine Corps
National anthem: J.B. Aaron

Andre Reed Hall of Fame ring ceremony

Tailgating Reminder: No open fires are permitted in the Bills parking lots or on stadium grounds. Fires in contained grills are permitted.  Please do not empty hot coals on the parking lot pavement. Thank you!

Security Process: Remember to arrive at the gates early to avoid missing any of the pregame activities.  Be sure to empty pockets in preparation for the metal detection screening process at gate entry.

Make Mom Proud: Follow the Bills fan code of conduct available here.

Designated Driver:  If you’re over 21, stop by any Guest Service Booth and pledge not to drink and make sure everyone in your group gets home safely.  Designated drives will receive a coupon good for one non-alcoholic beverage and will be entered into a raffle to win the Designated Driver of the Game prize and sweepstakes with a chance to win Pro Bowl or Super Bowl tickets. Sign up here.

Visa Deal of the Game: $5 Buffalo Bills “End Zone Bears”!

Bills 50/50 Raffle
The Buffalo Bills are teaming up with Pointstreak 5050 on an innovative platform to raise charitable funds for the Buffalo community and Western New York region through an electronic 50/50 raffle on gamedays at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Pointstreak 5050 system enables raffle tickets to be sold to fans through mobile sellers utilizing electronic handheld devices, portable printers, and a number of stationary selling terminals around Ralph Wilson Stadium with half the proceeds going to one lucky fan and the other half going to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.


  1. Clear Bags smaller than 12” x 6” x 12” are permitted.
  2. One gallon clear plastic freezer bags are permitted.
  3. Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap is


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HOF visit and coin flip mean more for Kelly

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2014 – 9:20 am

Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly, who is busy fighting sinus cancer, committed to attending Andre Reed’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony. On Sunday night he’ll also flip the coin at the Bills preseason opener in the Hall of Fame game against the Giants, with fellow Hall of Famer Harry Carson alongside him.

“This year especially, I am so thankful that I can be on hand to share in a great weekend that shines the spotlight on the Buffalo Bills,” said Kelly. “It is a great honor for me to represent the Bills organization at the coin toss to kick off the season. The entire experience will bring back memories from 2002 when so many of the Bills family – fans, players and staff – joined me in Canton for one of the most memorable times of my life.”

Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Reed: Seeing teammates is going to be special

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2014 – 4:15 pm

With four Hall of Fame teammates in James Lofton, Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith and Thurman Thomas and a Hall of Fame coach presenting him in Marv Levy, Saturday night’s enshrinement ceremony is going to have everything Andre Reed could ask for. But Reed’s teammates were more than teammates. They were more than friends and that relationship continues today.

“It’s like your own family being there,” said Reed. “You guys know over the years that’s what we preached. You talk to anybody on those teams and the camaraderie and how close we were and that had a lot to do with winning games, but we really cared about each other off the field. We cared about each other’s families and our kids and our kids grew up together.

“Even today it’s kind of like the same. That’s one thing that really sticks out with me with all those guys. You have your friends and you have people you know, but you went to war with those guys every single Sunday. You knew them as people, not just as football players and you can’t really fathom what that means.

“With Jim there especially with what he’s been going through with his life and with his son and that happening years ago and all the things that’s happening with him trying to beat this cancer and all the stuff he’s going through, it’s going to be real special to see him there in Canton on Saturday.”

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Reed feeling good about his speech

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2014 – 3:05 pm

Bills 2014 Hall of Fame class inductee Andre Reed has been working on his speech for tonight’s enshrinement ceremonies. With a little bit of help Reed is confident the message he wants to convey will be effectively delivered.

“I feel really good about it,” said Reed. “I had Vic Carucci help me and he was a long time Buffalo guy with the (Buffalo) News and then he went to and now he’s with the Browns writing for the Browns. What a perfect guy to help me out with these last five months of getting all my thoughts together and we’re dotting every ‘I’ and crossing every ‘T’. It’s going to be very nice. Very emotional at one point, but what he’s doing for me is have it flow very smoothly.

“You never want to forget anyone who was really important to you,  but you also want to relay a message in your speech. People just saw you on Sundays, but they don’t really know how you got there. They don’t know what it took to get on that podium. That’s really what I want to relay to everybody. Yeah there was hard work and dedication, but there were a lot of little things about me that people don’t know that kind of define me. That’s what I’m going to relay in my speech so it’s going to be really good.”

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Reed to have sizable contingent in tow

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2014 – 1:40 pm

The Bills newest Hall of Famer Andre Reed will be anything but alone on Hall of Fame weekend. While most are expecting most of his hometown Allentown, Pennsylvania to be on hand in addition to his family and close friends, Reed is expecting there will be a good number of Buffalonians taking over Canton, Ohio.

“I’m sure there’s probably going to be four to five-hundred people,” said Reed when asked how many people he knows will be on hand for his induction ceremony. “Between family and friends and teammates and coaches and significant people it’s going to be probably four or five hundred who have been on this journey with me and maybe more who knows? I know there are going to be a lot of Bills fans. They’ve been on that journey too.”

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History of 90’s Bills not just about HOF’ers

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2014 – 12:29 pm

You don’t need to ask a biased Bills fan. Anyone who remembers watching the early 1990’s Bills who won four straight AFC titles understands that documenting the history of that team must include Andre Reed. But as big a part as the now six Hall of Famers from that team counting James Lofton and head coach Marv Levy with Kelly, Smith, Thomas and Reed, played in those magical AFC title runs, Reed astutely points out that without their other teammates their success wouldn’t have lasted so long.

“I just went out and played football. That’s what I did. I didn’t think I was better than anybody else, I just did my job the best I could to help the team win. It just so happened that I played with four or five other Hall of Famers that thought the same way I did,” Reed said. “Our success on the field was probably all predicated that you’ve got your four or five guys who were perennial Pro Bowlers, but you have the guys that are backups who are just as good if not sometime during the year just like you. We had those kinds of guys on the team.

“That’s why we went to those four Super Bowls in a row and won all those games. That’s just a testament to how the guys worked and what it meant to them because after one or two years you could’ve been like, ‘Well…’ that’s really what it was about. That’s what we went to training camp for. And they always say we didn’t win, but if you put anybody in our shoes they would’ve loved to be in that situation. It just so happens I was in that position. I was on a great team with great players so we went on that way.”

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Reed trying to soak it all in

Posted by Chris Brown on August 2, 2014 – 11:36 am

Since he was selected as a member of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class Andre Reed’s schedule has been beyond busy. He hasn’t been home much and been to a countless number of banquets, but the Bills all-time leading receiver is trying hard to take it all in.

“I’ve been a feather in a whirlwind for five months,” he said. “It’s like planning for six weddings for six people. I haven’t been at home as much as I want to, but that’s part of the process. The guys that are in the Hall of Fame who I’ve talked to the past five months that I’ve seen at a couple of events here and there have told me to just enjoy every moment and that it’s a once in a lifetime thing. Besides it being well deserving they tell me to enjoy the process that I’m going through and believe me I’ve taken it all in. There’s no doubt about it.”

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Bell: Harrison was best HOF threat to Reed

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2014 – 10:17 am

With the logjam broken at the wide receiver position for the Hall of Fame with Cris Carter going in last year, it was thought that Andre Reed had the inside track on Tim Brown to gain enshrinement first. What some outside the Committee of Selectors forgot about was that Marvin Harrison was also a finalist.

As USA Today’s Jarrett Bell pointed out to, Harrison, the second-leading receiver in NFL history was getting major consideration as a finalist. That’s why Bell thinks it’s good that Reed is going in this year to help clear the way for Brown before the more prolific stat receivers start making the list like Harrison.

“It’s important for Tim Brown because now you’ve got another group coming up with Marvin Harrison who is already in the room now and there were some questions in February amongst a lot of people inside and out of the room about Harrison and whether or not he would leapfrog Andre and get into the Hall of Fame. If it happened you look at Harrison’s numbers and his status when he played with Peyton Manning. That wasn’t out of the question.”

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Reed to be second to last in speech order

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2014 – 9:42 am

Bills 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Andre Reed won’t be speaking early among the group of seven former players chosen for enshrinement on Saturday night.

In fact Reed will be the penultimate speaker to accept induction at Fawcett Stadium. That according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here’s the order in which the inductees will accept their enshrinement.

1. Derrick Brooks
2. Claude Humphrey
3. Aeneas Williams
4. Walter Jones
5. Ray Guy
6. Andre Reed
7. Michael Strahan


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Paolantonio: Reed deserved HOF enshrinement

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2014 – 9:12 am

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, an at large Hall of Fame Selector looked favorably on Andre Reed’s candidacy, but knew his enshrinement would never be possible without a break in the logjam of wide receivers. As we covered in our story from inside the Selectors room there was a determined effort to break the stalemate at receiver between Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed in 2013.

“The fact that Reed wasn’t in there earlier was more because of politics and the dynamics of the vote and who was getting in and who wasn’t getting in,” said Paolantonio. “Just me reading the room it felt like it was time to put certain defensive players in. There aren’t enough defensive players in. There were too many wide receivers, too many offensive players so there was a logjam created prior to two years ago. So two years ago there was a concerted effort to get out a hammer and a chisel and break that logjam, first with Cris Carter and then Andre Reed.”

Ultimately what sold Paolantonio was his belief that the epitath for those Bills teams had to include Reed’s name.

“You can’t write the history of the NFL without the core four of the Buffalo Bills, Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed,” he said.

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NFL Network special on Andre Reed Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2014 – 9:00 pm

The NFL Network has put together one-hour specials on all the Hall of Fame inductees for the 2014 class. The special on Andre Reed airs Thursday. Here are the details.

Called ‘The Road to Canton’  the series will feature former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed starting at 10:00 PM ET on Thursday, July 31.

The title of the special is called ‘Middle Man: Andre Reed’. The one-hour special features footage of Andre Reed as a high school quarterback, his transition to becoming a speedy and reliable wide receiver at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and his consistent play from the slot in the NFL.

Reed was referred to being too small to have an impact in playing football until his senior year of high school. During his senior season, the Allentown, Pennsylvania native became the starting quarterback at Deiruff High School. The future NFL fourth round draft pick was at one point a tremendous talent in the Division II Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

Andre was regarded by his coaches and teammates for his work ethic and desire for excellence. He made his mark by going across the middle from the slot and turning short passes up field for major yardage after the catch.

Once solidified in the NFL, Reed contributed to a Buffalo Bills team that made four straight Super Bowl appearances with fellow Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, James Lofton and Bruce Smith. Even though they could never capture a ring, these players formed a family bond that exists to this day.

Middle Man chronicles those experiences for Andre Reed and also shows the story of how and why he attributes his success in life and the NFL to the values taught to him by his father who battled alcoholism throughout his life.

Middle Man features interviews with special people from Andre Reed’s life:

• Marv Levy – Bills coach
• Thurman Thomas, James Lofton, Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett, Steve Tasker and Frank Reich – Bills teammates
• Joyce Reed Ebling – Mother
• Tyrone, Teshia and Dion Reed – Siblings
• Larry Lewis – High School Football Coach

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2014 Hall of Fame presenters

Posted by Chris Brown on July 17, 2014 – 12:16 pm

Everyone who is a Bills fan knows that Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy will be the presenter for Bills 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Andre Reed. Here’s a look at the rest of the presenters for the 2014 class, with four inductees choosing their children as their presenters.

Class of 2014 Presenters
• Decaon Brooks for his father Derrick Brooks
• John Madden for former Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy
• Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson for her father Claude Humphrey
• Walterius Jones for his father Walter Jones
• Marv Levy for former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed
• Jay Glazer for his friend and colleague Michael Strahan
• Lawrence Williams for his son Aeneas Williams

Induction ceremonies are set for Saturday Aug. 2nd. will be on hand for coverage of Buffalo’s 10th player being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Andre Reed to announce Bills 2nd rd pick

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2014 – 9:06 am

The Bills will have a Hall of Fame presence at the NFL draft a week from today.

Bills Hall of Famer to be Andre Reed will be on hand at Radio City Music Hall for day two of the 2014 NFL draft next Friday to announce the Bills second-round pick.

The NFL is having 32 NFL greats representing each team in round two to come out and announce the picks. Other former Bills who are participating include Hall of Famer James Lofton, who will announce the Packers pick and London Fletcher, who will announce Washington’s pick.

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Fan Friday 3-28

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2014 – 11:45 am

Pre-draft visits will begin next week. We’ll have you covered here at as the draft is just over a month away. Now we turn to some of your latest questions from email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Hey CB,

Why are more people not talking about Martavis Bryant?  I saw his combine numbers and at 6 foot 5 I though they were quite impressive.  He was projected by some to go in the late 2nd or 3rd round and I was just thinking.  Wouldn’t that be a steal to get him in the 3rd round?  The bills need a tall receiver that can be a red zone threat.  Thank You


CB: There’s no question that Bryant is an athlete after clocking a 4.42 at the NFL combine along with a 10’4” broad jump and a 39-inch vertical. His linear speed is unquestioned, but dropping his weight and getting in and out of breaks is still a bit of a question mark for him. He’s also considered a raw prospect, who wasn’t asked to run a full route tree at Clemson.

My biggest issue with him is his playing strength. Even though he had an impressive 16 reps on the bench it’s difficult to find that strength off the line or in traffic on the playing field in his game. He needs to add muscle to his frame as he goes just 211 pounds and has a slight build. Against the physical cornerbacks of the NFL he’s going to get knocked around. He’s probably a late second or early to mid-third round pick in a deep receiver class.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills Do you believe his lack of “body of work” will lower the #Bills interest in Mike Evans? He just started playing ball.


CB: I think what intrigues most NFL clubs with Mike Evans is his amazing production despite still being young in football. As most talent evaluators see it there is a very high ceiling there knowing when he does gain more experience his production could be even better at the NFL level.

And the reason teams are happy to wait on that potential is because right now even in the NFL he’s a size mismatch and he should be able to produce just off his measurables to start. Then as he hones his game he’ll be an even greater asset to a team’s passing attack.


3 –  Chris,

With Jairus Byrd now in New Orleans, do you anticipate the Bills are happy with their current S depth with: Aaron Williams, Searcy, Meeks, Duke Williams?

Also a random question, do you know why the NFL football is nicknamed “the Duke”??


CB: As you probably saw this week with our coverage of the league meetings in Orlando, led by our own John Murphy, head coach Doug Marrone is considering lining Corey Graham up at safety as part of the competition. It sounds like he’ll compete for a role there, in addition to cornerback, with Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks and Da’Norris Searcy. Aaron Williams is a lock at one of the safety spots already.

As we outlined in our story on this development this week, Graham isn’t completely foreign to safety.

As for your question about NFL footballs being nicknamed ‘The Duke,’ here’s the history behind it courtesy of the Wilson Sporting goods website.

In honor of the late New York Giants owner, Wellington Mara, one of the most beloved and respected figures in professional sports history, the Official Football of the NFL is called “The Duke”.

Wellington Mara, who spent 81 years with the New York Giants and made numerous contributions to the NFL, was named Wellington by his father, Tim Mara, after the Duke of Wellington. He was given the nickname “The Duke” as a youngster by Giants players.

The NFL first used a ball in honor of Wellington Mara called “The Duke” in 1941 at the suggestion of George Halas, as Tim Mara (Wellington’s father) had helped him arrange for Wilson Sporting Goods Co. to become the league’s official supplier of game balls.

“The Duke” ball was used through 1969 but was discontinued prior to the 1970 season, the first to be played post NFL-AFL merger. The NFL and AFL continued using a Wilson football, but with a new design and no official name. In 2006, the NFL returned the name of “The Duke” to the ball after Mara’s passing in October, 2005.


4 – Chris,

I think the two best prospects the Bills should consider are Khalil Mack and Sammy Watkins. Which do you think fits the team better? They would bit the best player available. What chances to you think they might make it to 9? How should the Bills protect a team jumping up to 7 or 8th pick if they find a player they love?


CB: I don’t disagree that Mack and Watkins are two of the best prospects in the class, but I’d be surprised if either are available at nine. If either one gets past the fifth pick I think a few teams will be making efforts to move up to six or seven to grab them. If both are still on the board when Tampa Bay is on the clock at 7, I think it’d be very tempting for Buffalo to swap spots with Minnesota at 8 to ensure they would get at least one of them. Still, parting with picks is not what the Bills typically do. Then again it’s Doug Whaley’s first draft and we don’t have a track record to work with concerning his approach in a fluid draft situation.


5 – Hi, Chris!

What criteria did the Bills and New York Giants, and the rest of the NFL teams qualify to be the selected matchup for the annual NFL HOF Game? Does both the PFHOF in Canton, OH, and the NFL decide which teams to play, is the selection if teams always announced in February, especially after the Super Bowl? Thanks. Llewellyn.

CB:  The league doesn’t have a specific criteria, but the fact that both NFL franchises have some of their most popular all-time players being inducted in this year’s Hall of Fame class in Andre Reed and Michael Strahan does play a factor. The NFL also takes into account the likelihood of fans from the respective teams traveling to the game. Knowing that fans of the Bills and Giants will already be on hand for the induction ceremony, there’s a strong likelihood that many of them will make a full weekend of it and take in the Hall of Fame game Sunday as well.

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Polian still excited about Reed in HOF

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 24, 2014 – 7:50 pm

His mind might be on 40-times and bench presses at the Combine this week, but former Bills General Manager Bill Polian is still gratified by the election of Andre Reed to the Hall of Fame.

Three weeks ago, Reed was elected to the Hall in high eighth year as a finalist. And speaking on The John Murphy Show Monday night, Polian said he couldn’t be happier.

“I was overjoyed,” Polian said. “It’s been so long for all of us associated with Andre and working hard behind the scenes to try to get him elected. It was just such a relief and a joy to see him in because he richly deserves it.”

Polian said it was unfortunate Reed had to wait so long before he got the call to the Hall.

“He should have been in four or five years ago and it happened. I was getting worried very frankly that it might not happen if we went beyond this year. Marv and I and Jim and Thurman and Bruce have been telling everyone we could –listen, this is Andre’s year, this is Andre’s time. And fortunately the electors listened to us.”

The complete interview with former Bills GM Bill Polian from the Combine in Indianapolis is available at

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Levy mum on Reed speech vocabulary

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2014 – 3:28 pm

In the past when Bills Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy has been a presenter for one of his former players for induction he’s inserted some of his obscure and advanced vocabulary into his speech. In the Jim Kelly induction speech he used words like ‘elan and enigmatic. In his speech for Thurman Thomas he made use of the word prodigious. In both speeches he turned to Thomas and told him to look it up, harkening back to the numerous occasions when Thomas was stumped on a word that his head coach might have used in a team meeting back in his playing days. So in crafting his presentation speech for Andre Reed’s induction, asked Levy if he intended to make use of his wide-ranging vocabulary to send Thomas and everyone else scurrying for the online dictionary on their phone.

The Hall of Fame coach played coy in giving his response.

“Well I know I’ve incorporated that in others (speeches) and I refuse to comment in advance,” said Levy.

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