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Bills add 'very first franchise player' Cookie Gilchrist to Wall of Fame

In a halftime ceremony today, the late Cookie Gilchrist was added to the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame at New Era Field.

Steve Tasker emceed the ceremony, which included Gilchrist's family as well as Bills alumni, including Booker Edgerson and Paul Maguire.

Teammate and fellow Wall of Fame honoree Edgerson called Gilchrist "the Buffalo Bills very first franchise player" in his remarks, which outlined the dynamic running back's accomplishments in the 1960s for the Bills of the American Football League.

"It's a great privilege to have the honor to welcome my brother and forever friend" to the Wall of Fame, Edgerson said. "Cookie was a very colorful person. Cookie was loved by his teammates and feared by opponents.

Cookie Gilchrist's family was part of the Wall of Fame ceremony. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

"Thank you all for being here today to honor and officially recognize the Buffalo Bills' very first franchise player by adding his name to the Wall of Fame at New Era Field."

With that, pyrotechnics accompanied the unveiling of Gilchrist's name and No. 34 on the tunnel side of the stadium. Gilchrist's name is beside Lou Saban's and above Edgerson and Phil Hansen.

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