The Buffalo Bills Alumni Association is a dedicated group and naturally had a special bond with the now late former play-by-play radio broadcaster for the Bills Van Miller. They released a statement in the wake of Miller’s passing late last week. Here is their statement in its entirety.
WE REMEMBER VAN MILLER
Our community was saddened to learn of the recent passing of a true Western New York icon, Van Miller.
The Buffalo Bills Alumni enjoyed a very special and personal relationship with Van. We felt that he was one of us. He was Buffalo Bills football.
The term “Legend”, is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about our dear friend, Van Miller. Not only was Van a broadcasting legend, but even more importantly he was a legend as a human being. Anyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting Van, knows how his wonderful sense of humor always had a way of making you feel so comfortable when talking to him.
As a member of the Buffalo Bills in the 1960’s, I can remember how quickly Van became such an integral part of Buffalo Bills football.
He will forever be remembered by Bills players and fans as the greatest play-by-play man in Buffalo sports history. His distinct voice and memorable sayings like “Fasten your seatbelts” and “Fandemonium,” will forever echo in the laurels of Bills football. His calls in some of the greatest games in Bills history will be played over and over again as long as there are the Buffalo Bills. Van Miller was without peers!
On behalf of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Chapter, our deepest and most heartfelt condolences go out to his beautiful wife Gloria and their family. Van Miller was truly one of the most beloved persons of our time and he will be sorely missed by everyone.
Buffalo Bills Alumni Chapter
Tags: Bills Alumni Association, Van Miller
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Here’s a rundown of gameday activities for Sunday’s week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Gates open: 11:30 a.m.
Gameday Experience: ADPRO Sports Training Center open 9:30 a.m.
Sunday’s gameday sponsor, BlueRock Energy, will be giving away smart wallets to the first 40,000 fans.
Player warm-ups: 11:55 a.m.
Stampede performance: 12:45 p.m.
Leader of the Charge: Takeo Spikes
Color guard: Attica Correctional Facility
National anthem: Adrian Michael
Longtime Voice of the Bills Van Miller will be inducted to the Bills Wall of Fame. Miller’s name will be revealed on the Wall of Fame inside Ralph Wilson Stadium as he is presented with an honorary Wall of Fame ring and blazer to celebrate his many accomplishments and contributions to the Buffalo Bills organization.
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: Spend $100 and get 10% off your next online purchase at shopthebills.com! *Excludes jerseys
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.
BAG POLICY REMINDER:
- Clear Bags smaller than 12” x 6” x 12” are permitted.
- One gallon clear plastic freezer bags are permitted.
- Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap is permitted.
Tags: BlueRock Energy, gameday activities, Van Miller, Vikings
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With the story completely true that the Bills’ helmet change from white to red in 1984 was made primarily to help quarterback Joe Ferguson better distinguish his receivers due to color blindness, some still wonder after the 2-14 campaign that year if it made a big difference.
The stats would seem to indicate so as Ferguson’s INT total decreased from 25 in 1983 to 17 in 1984. But some that remember that season wonder how much it helped.
“I don’t know if it did Fergie any good, but it was something to talk about,” said Bills long time beat reporter for the Courier-Express and Buffalo News Larry Felser. “They obviously felt it was worth it.”
Some that covered that era of Bills football however, sympathize with Ferguson’s situation with the talent he had around him at the time.
“I think Joe Ferguson with any other team could’ve won some Super Bowls with a lot of the other clubs as far as I’m concerned,” said Bills long time radio voice Van Miller. “He had a great arm and used to be criticized for hanging his head when he came off the field, but he was truly a great passer. A great guy and the players loved him.”
Tags: 2011 uniforms, Joe Ferguson, Larry Felser, Van Miller
Posted in Inside the Bills