Bills to Retire Thurman Thomas Jersey Number 34

The Bills will officially retire Thurman Thomas jersey number 34.  The ceremony will take place at halftime of the Monday Night game on October 29.  Thomas joins Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith as the only Bills whose numbers have been retired.  In the history of the league there have only been 150 players so honored.  THE 5 TIME PRO BOWLER IS ONE OF THE BILLS ALL TIME GREATS.  HE WAS ENTERED INTO THE HALL OF FAME IN 2007.  CONGRATULATING THURMAN AND HIS FAMILY ON THIS OUTSTANDING ACCOLADE, WE  CELEBRATE WITH THEM AS 1BUFFALO.

Wide receiver Russell Shepard will visit the Bills this week.  The veteran was released by Carolina after declining to restructure his 10 million dollar contract.  He earlier played 4 seasons for Tampa Bay.  THE BILLS ARE TOP HEAVY WITH 17 RECEIVERS ON THE DEPTH CHART.  SHEPARD WOULD BE YET ANOTHER PANTHERS ALUM TO CONNECT WITH COACH McDERMOTT.  QUESTIONING THE WISDOM OF SIGNING AN OVERPRICED PLAYER WITH MEDIOCRE RECORD, WE SHAKE OUR HEADS AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have signed fullback Zach Olstad.  He was the only one of the 31 players in rookie mini camp to receive a contract.  The 5 – 11, 245 pound Olstad played for Winona State.  To make room on the roster the Bills waived Aaron Green.  OLSTAD PROVIDES DEPTH AT FULLBACK BEHIND PAT DIMARCO.  HE MIGHT ALSO PLAY TIGHT END.  SEEING THE WISDOM OF BRINGING HIM ON BOARD, WE NOD APPROVAL AS 1BUFFALO.

Former Bills head coach Chuck Knox is dead at age 86.  He guided the team for 5 seasons starting in 1978.  During that time the Bills were AFC Championships and played in a wildcard game.  He left to join the Seahawks.  Earlier he was with the Rams.  KNOX WAS NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR 3 TIMES.  HE WAS KNOWN FOR HIS HARD DRIVING, BLUE COLLAR WORK ETHIC.  EXPRESSING CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY, WE LOCK ARMS IN REMEMBRANCE AS 1BUFFALO.

Tremaine Edmunds has signed his rookie contract.  The first round draft pick inked a 4 year pact.  The Virginia Tech linebacker had 109 tackles his senior year.  THE BILLS STILL NEED TO SIGN DRAFTEES JOSH ALLEN AND HARRISON PHILLIPS.  THEY ARE EXPECTED TO COME TO TERMS SHORTLY.  GRATEFUL THAT MOST OF THIS YEARS CLASS IS ON BOARD, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.

Rookie quarterback Josh Allen met Bills legend Jim Kelly on Day 1 of Mini Camp.  The first round draftee reported he was in awe of meeting the Hall of Famer.  Kelly was on the sidelines conferring with Allen throughout practice.  He walked with the assistance of a cane as he recuperates from cancer surgery.  KELLY OFFERED ADVICE ON EMBRACING THE CITY OF BUFFALO.  THE SPORTS ICON REMAINS IN THE PRAYERS OF MANY IN BILLS COUNTRY.  GRATEFUL TO JIM FOR HIS CONTINUING SUPPORT OF THE TEAM, WE CLOSE RANKS AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills open their rookie mini camp today.  This will be the first chance to see the draftees in uniform.  4 of this years class have signed contracts – Wyatt Teller, Siran Neal, Austin Proehl, and Ray-Ray McCloud.  The others, including standouts Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds, are likely to ink their deals in the coming days.  EXPECTATIONS ARE RUNNING HIGH AS THE ROOKIES TAKE THE FIELD.  CAMP EXTENDS THROUGH THE WEEKEND.  LOOKING FOR SPIRITED ACTION FROM THE YOUNG PLAYERS, WE WELCOME THEM TO TOWN AS 1BUFFALO.

General manager Brandon Beane has cleaned house at One Bills Drive.  He has released and traded high salary veterans in favor of lower priced talent.  Most notable was the trade of Marcell Dareus to the Dolphins, which rid the team of a bad contract.  He accumulated draft picks which enabled him to deal for franchise quarterback Josh Allen.  BEANES FIRST YEAR AS GM HAS BEEN A RESOUNDING SUCCESS. HE HAS STRATEGICALLY MANEUVERED THE ROSTER TO BUILD A CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER.  SUPPORTING HIS SMART PERSONNAL MOVES, WE STAND TALL AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have changed their relationship with the Alumni Association.  They will withdraw financial support and no longer allow use of the team logo.  They will, however, continue perks such as tickets to games and parking passes.  The Alumni Association was formed to foster continuity with former players.  It tended to be dominated by older alumni from the early years.  THE ASSOCIATION MUST REMAIN VIABLE AS A NOW INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION.  IT PROMOTES GOODWILL AMONG RETIRED PLAYERS.  GRATEFUL TO THESE HEROES FROM THE PAST, WE SHOW APPRECIATION AS 1BUFFALO.

Individual tickets for Bills games are available for purchase starting today.  Sales are likely to be brisk following the playoff appearance and buzz over Josh Allen.  A notable home game will be the nationally televised Monday night contest versus the Patriots.  THE SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING.  MINI-CAMP WILL BE UNDERWAY SOON.  EXPECTING ROBUST INTEREST IN OUR RE-ENERGIZED TEAM,  WE SHOW SUPPORT AT THE BOX OFFICE AS 1BUFFALO.


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