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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 10: Marv debuts his fight song

Oct. 10, 1994 – Miami Week was always an event for the Buffalo Bills in the 1990s, as the Dolphins were the Bills’ biggest rival at that time. Coach Marv Levy, like any coach, was trying to come up with new ways to inspire his team.

However, Levy – unlike any coach – had a completely different tactic up his sleeve this time. He told the team that he would write a Bills’ fight song if the team beat the Dolphins. Levy knew the fight songs of almost every major college in the country at that point.

On Oct. 9, 1994, the Bills did their part. Buffalo beat Miami, 21-11. Thurman Thomas ran for 125 yards, and Andre Reed caught 10 passes.

Levy went to work. He had a weekly show on the Empire Sports Network, and premiered the song on the air. Levy had the help of an enthusiastic studio audience, although media panelist Jimmy Golan of the Associated Press looked as if he couldn’t believe what he was hearing.

The song was repeated all over the NFL Universe in the next several days. It is still well remembered 23 years later.

Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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