We all know how things went for Marv Levy in Super Bowls, where the Bills' all-time winningest coach was shut out in four tries. But in CFL championship games, his teams fared much better.
Levy's Montreal Alouettes won the Grey Cup in 1974 and '77 before he made the jump to the NFL. Last weekend, Levy, 92, returned to Montreal as they celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 1977 title.
Players on the team told the Montreal Gazette they still hold Levy in high regard.
“Marv commanded so much respect and he was the major reason for our success,” former kicker Don Sweet said. “He surrounded himself with the best people and he trusted them to do their jobs. He was big on accountability and he had a great influence on people.”
"If you try to build a team without character, it will lose," Levy told the paper earlier this month. “It’s resilience, work ethic. You’ve heard the statement: ‘Do you have the will to win?’ What I said to our players, and they responded to it so well, don’t tell me you have the will to win. Do you have the will to prepare? If you don’t have that, you don’t have the will to win, no matter what you’re saying."
Levy, a fan favorite, coached in Buffalo from 1986-97 and led the Bills to four AFC titles while piling up 112 wins. He returned for a short-lived stint as general manager in 2006. He lives in his hometown of Chicago.