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This Day in Buffalo Sports History<br> December 31, 1997 -- End of Levy era

It wasn't going to be a particularly happy New Year for Buffalo Bills fans this year. Marv Levy, the greatest coach in Bills' history, announced his retirement.

Levy staged an emotional, hour-long news conference that ended his 12-year tenure with the Bills.

"My time with the Buffalo Bills has come to its natural conclusion," said Levy, who had won more games than any coach in team history.

The coach had a record of 112-70 in Buffalo. The biggest item on his resume here was four straight Super Bowl appearances, which hasn't been done before or since. Many doubt if any team will be able to repeat that accomplishment.

"Today is not a day that I was ever looking forward to happening," said owner Ralph Wilson, who was equally overcome by emotion. "This is not a press conference that I was looking forward to attending."

Wilson reached out to Levy again in Jan. 2006, when he hired him as General Manager. Levy stayed on the job for two seasons.

-- Budd Bailey

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