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Remembering Van Miller: Famous Bills calls, fond memories

Beloved Buffalo Bills play-by-play man Van Miller died Friday night, leaving behind fond memories for decades' worth of football fans.

Now over 12 years since his 2003 retirement, after 37 seasons calling games, the Wall of Fame inductee remains the longest-tenured commentator for a single team in pro football history.

[Bills fans tweet tributes to Van Miller]

From "fasten your seat belts" to "fandemonium," Miller's clever calls were the soundtrack to the Bills' Super Bowl years, immediately stirring up memories of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed from Buffalo's golden era.

You'll either cry or smile -- or some combination of the two -- after watching and listening to the videos below.

[Read Van Miller's obituary from The Buffalo News]

Miller was there to call the Bills' American Football League (AFL) championship in 1964, too:

[Read Jeff Simon's column, "The joy of being Van Miller," written after the Bills commentator entered the Wall of Fame in October 2014]

The Bills' Wall of Fame image celebrating Miller's induction:

Van Miller entered the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame in 2014. (via the Bills)

Van Miller entered the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame in 2014. (via the Bills)

This "Bills Focus" video neatly distills some of the other top calls of Millers' broadcasting career:

[Photo gallery of Van Miller through the years]

While he's best known for his work with the Bills, Miller also called games for the University at Buffalo, on WBEN -- we stumbled upon an image of Van Miller from 1969, via Reddit and Paul Peck (@peckonsports):

Here is Van Miller pictured with the University at Buffalo commentary crew. (via Reddit)

Here is Van Miller pictured with the University at Buffalo commentary crew. (via Reddit)

We do believe, Van. Thanks for everything.

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