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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 3: Marv Levy, the right man for the job

Nov. 3, 1986 – Coaching changes were nothing new in the 1980s for the Bills. After Chuck Knox left after the 1982 season, Kay Stephenson and Hank Bullough tried their luck at turning around the franchise. They didn’t have much success.

The Bills tried again on this date, and this time they got it right with Marv Levy.

Levy wasn’t an unknown, but he wasn’t a choice that figured to sell many tickets. He had been an NFL coach in Kansas City. The Chiefs went 31-42 under Levy but went backwards in 1982 thanks in part to some reported labor relations issues in that strike-interrupted season. Levy told the Chiefs they were making a mistake.

Levy coached one season in Chicago with the United States Football League. There was no clue that Levy would become one of the most important figures in Bills’ history, and a future Hall of Famer, on the day he was hired.

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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