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Wednesday’s John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on October 3, 2012 – 5:29 pm

The Bills have put New England behind them.  It’s all about the Niners now, and we’ll talk about the first day of the practice week tonight on The John Murphy Show.

We’ll have the news from the locker room right off the top at 7pm, including Mario Williams talking about his wrist injury, the Bills talking about mental toughness, and Kyle Williams thoughts on his $15,000 fine.

Former Bills Head Coach Marv Levy joins us live at 7:20pm.  We’ll get Marv’s thoughts on the upcoming induction of Bill Polian to the Bills Wall of Fame, and other NFL issues.

At 8pm, Kimberly Jones of and the NFL Network joins us to give us her view of San Francisco’s blowout win over the Jets last Sunday.  Kimberly says Rex Ryan’s Jets are in complete disarray, and we’ll talk to her about that.

And at 820pm, Bills OT Chris Hairston joins us in studio.  He’s got to step into the starting lineup at left tackle for at least the next couple of games, with Cordy Glenn on the sidelines.

As usual, we’re ready for your questions and comments.

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the Buffalo Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.

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Levy likes Reed’s HOF chances

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2012 – 4:59 pm

Bills Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy has seen his top receiver Andre Reed make the list of finalists for enshrinement five straight times, but fall short of earning induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This year marks the sixth time he’s made it to the final 15, and Levy is as optimistic as he has ever been about this being the year that Reed makes the final cut.

Appearing on 97 Rock this week Levy, who has spoken with some of the Board of Selectors that vote for the Hall of Fame inductees, believes this year is perhaps Reed’s best shot yet.

“He’s been a finalist before,” said Levy. “It’s always a tough call in that final group. There are two other top receivers in that group as well in Cris Carter and Tim Brown. They’re also under consideration, but in talking to some of the board of selectors it’s sounding a little bit more favorable than I’ve ever heard in previous years. I think Andre’s chances are pretty darn good. I sure hope so. He belongs in the Hall of Fame, no one was better in yards after the catch than Andre Reed. No one.”

The 2012 Hall of Fame induction class will be announced on NFL Network on Saturday at 5:30 pm.

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Uniform superstitions

Posted by Chris Brown on June 16, 2011 – 8:16 am

Some players are more superstitious than others, whether it’s listening to the same music, putting their uniform on in a specific order on game day. There’s a wide range. Here are a couple of the lesser known uniform superstitions on the part of one specific Bills player and one Hall of Fame Bills coach courtesy of long time equipment manager Dave Hojnowski.

When it came to the most superstitious guy with respect to his uniform and equipment it was former OL Joe Devlin.

“Joe was the most superstitious guy as far as that goes,” said Hojnowski. “First and foremost he wouldn’t want his facemask altered. After a while his facemask would get flattened out from all the collisions, and when it flattens out it actually makes your helmet wider. So he would complain something awful if we did anything to it.

“Sometimes though we’d have to do it. So we’d have to show him what a facemask would normally look like and then show him what his looked like after all the collisions. At least at that point he would look at it and say okay and let us change it or whatever.

“He never wanted decals replaced. He wanted all the battle scars left on his helmet to show. He was probably be one of the guys that never wanted anything changed. He may have had his jersey sewn and repaired 25 times, but he never wanted it switched.”

As for superstitious coaches, Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy had his share and most were tied to the team’s uniform.

“I got that (uniform superstitions) from the coaches more than anything else,” said Hojnowski. “Coach Levy especially. If we won in a certain attire we were wearing that attire until we lost. Then it was okay for me to change it. Then I could change it to whatever.”  

In 1988 the Bills began the season 4-0 en route to 12-4, but had a road game at New England in Week 3 where they’d normally be required to wear white. Hojnowski isn’t certain, but is pretty convinced they wore their blue at the old Foxboro stadium that day.

“I’m sure we wore pretty much the same stuff when we started out that year 4-0 or whatever it was home or away,” he said.

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Marv welcomes Wilson to Hall of Fame

Posted by Chris Brown on July 21, 2009 – 3:43 pm

Bills Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy penned an open letter to his former boss Ralph Wilson welcoming him as a new inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The letter appears on Titled ‘Congratulations to the Pride of Buffalo,’ Levy calls Mr. Wilson’s induction an honor not only for the Bills owner, but the entire city of Buffalo.

Bills HOF QB Jim Kelly did that same thing for Bruce Smith, welcoming him to the Hall as well with a letter appearing on

That August weekend is certainly going to be a big one for the Queen City.

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HOFers that have RSVP’d for induction day

Posted by Chris Brown on July 10, 2009 – 4:09 pm

More than 70 Hall of Famers have RSVP’d and will be attending enshrinement ceremonies on Aug. 8 at the Pro Football HOF in Canton. And there are several former Bills on that list as expected.

Among the Bills HOF’ers who have already RSVP’d are Joe D., Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, James Lofton and Billy Shaw. I think it’s safe to assume that Thurman Thomas will be attending knowing he’s one of Bruce Smith’s closest friends. He just probably hasn’t sent the RSVP back yet.

Here’s the whole list of the HOF’ers that have RSVP’d that you can expect to see if you’re attending HOF weekend.

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Bruce chooses Cottrell to be his presenter

Posted by Chris Brown on June 1, 2009 – 6:55 pm

Bills HOF enshrinee Bruce Smith was down to two men to be his presenter for the Pro Football HOF on Aug. 8, Marv Levy and Ted Cottrell. Smith revealed at the Jim Kelly golf tournament on Monday that Cottrell will be his presenter.

He’ll be the first of the Bills players under Marv Levy’s tutelage to go with his position coach as Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas both had Levy as their presenter. Smith strongly feels that Levy’s hiring of Cottrell as his defensive line coach represented a turning point in his career.

“He taught me how to study film,” said Smith of Cottrell. “There are three phases to the game that need to take place, conditioning, studying film and having a coach that you can relate to. If you put all three of those things together you have the makings of something special.”

Bruce felt the first turning point in his career came after his rookie season.

“I think when I ballooned up to 310 pounds after my first year I quickly realized I wasn’t going to become the player that I wanted to be unless I changed some of my eating habits and conditioning,” said Smith. “I quickly made some adjustments as far as that was concerned.”

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Bruce down to two candidates to present him

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2009 – 8:37 pm

Bruce Smith is down to just two candidates for presentation into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One is obviously Marv Levy and he said the other is former defensive line and defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.

Mr. Wilson said he had honestly not given it any thought to this point.

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Levy to be in Tampa for HOF announcements

Posted by Chris Brown on January 26, 2009 – 9:02 pm

Just spoke with Bills Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy about this weekend’s Hall of Fame announcement in which the 2009 induction class will be revealed (Sat. 2:30pm) in Tampa. Levy will be traveling down to Tampa later in the week for some business, but confirmed he’ll be on hand for the announcement on Saturday.

“I’m not going to the game,” said Levy of the Super Bowl. “But I do want to be there for Andre, Bruce and Mr. Wilson.”

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Levy to coach again

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2008 – 1:39 am

Bills Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy will be patrolling the sidelines again on Jan. 4, 2009 when he serves as head coach of the white team in the 2009 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game in Orlando, FL.

The rosters will feature eight of the nation’s top 10 high school football prospects and will showcase players from more than 20 states and Washington D.C.

The game will air on ESPN.

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Marv in the house

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2008 – 5:47 pm

Bills Hall of Fame coach and former GM Marv Levy is at the game today. He’s taking in the game right in the press box.

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