Bills May Honor Saban & Gilchrist on W.O.F.

Jerry Sullivan of The Buffalo News reported on Monday that the team plans on honoring their two AFL Championship teams this season and suggests that the Bills could honor Lou Saban and Cookie Gilchrist by adding them to the Wall of Fame.

The Buffalo Bills may be adding two former AFL greats to their Wall of Fame this season. According to Jerry Sullivan of The Buffalo News, the Bills plan to honor the 1964 and 1965 AFL Championship Teams at their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the team's second AFL Championship, a 23-0 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Sullivan suggests that the team add former head coach Lou Saban and running back Cookie Gilchrist to the Wall of Fame.

According to Sulivan, the Bills originally did not plan on adding anyone to the Wall of Fame this season, but a special meeting with the Wall of Fame committee will take place during training camp.

Saban coached the Bills to back-to-back AFL Championships, but both of his coaching tenures with Buffalo ended with Saban quitting. Sullivan notes that Ralph C. Wilson, Jr, the former owner of the team, never forgave Saban for quitting and kept the former coach from ever making the Wall of Fame.

Gilchrist only played with the Buffalo Bills for three seasons but he made the Pro Bowl in all three seasons and was named an All-Pro twice. In his three seasons in Buffalo, Gilchrist rushed for 3,056 yards and 31 touchdowns. After his career, Gilchrist's behavior became "erratic and unreliable" according to Sullivan, but after his death in 2011 it was discovered that the back suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Hopefully when the Wall of Fame committee meets during training camp, hopefully they'll do the right thing and honor Saban and Gilchrist.

Read Sullivans's entire article here: Door may be ajar to honor Bills' greats Saban, Gilchrist


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