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Levy return isn't in works

Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy has not been contacted by the Buffalo Bills about coming back to lead the team, and fans should not expect him to be filling a front-office role in the future.

Levy said Tuesday that comments he made at a public appearance in Cheektowaga on Monday were not meant to suggest he is a prospect for a Bills job.

During a speech at the Millennium Hotel, Levy said, "I have been contacted by two teams about coaching again, and I'm thinking about it. One of them is not the Bills. That's all I can say about it."

Speaking from his Chicago home Tuesday, Levy said, "There was a long, long question-and-answer period, and I spoke on a lot of issues. I have been contacted many times over the years by teams to ask about coaches, to get my input on situations or to discuss football matters. It's not unusual.

"After I spoke I sort of regretted bringing it up. I wish I hadn't said it. I can say on the record that I have had no contact with the Bills."

Levy, 80, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. His 154 coaching victories, 123 of which came in Buffalo, ranked 10th all time when he retired. While team owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. has the utmost respect for Levy, re-hiring the coach eight years after his retirement is not a direction the Bills would head.

"During the offseason periodically I'd speak with Ralph, and we have friendly conversation," Levy said. "But when I left the Bills I decided I didn't want to be a consultant during the season. I didn't want to put myself or the team in that kind of situation for the good of the organization. So during the course of the season, I don't initiate calls to Ralph. I'm pulling for the Bills, period."

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