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[BN] Blitz newsletter: This player gave up Olympic dreams for a shot at the Bills

Bills' rookie minicamp invitee Gerhard de Beer could've been an Olympic discus thrower for South Africa. Instead, he's chasing a shot at the NFL.

Mark Gaughan shared de Beer's story in this profile. One of the most amazing parts is that de Beer, an offensive lineman, didn't play football until college but was a rugby player in his home country.

Jim Kelly update: In an update from Jill Kelly, Jim's wife, she shared that doctors are impressed by Jim's healing and have planned another surgery.

Baker Mayfield thought Josh Allen would go No. 1 if he did not: Mayfield told Sirius XM Radio that he thought if the Browns didn't take him first overall, they'd take Allen. But they did. So, shrug emoji.

Following Thurman Thomas' act? After Thomas has his number retired by the Bills, LeSean McCoy wrote on Instagram that he wants to follow in Thomas' footsteps. Meanwhile, "PTI" host Tony Kornheiser found humor in the Bills' decision to retire Thomas' number.

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"Sports Talk Sunday" preview: News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan will join Adam Benigni on WGRZ's "Sports Talk Sunday." Watch a short preview of Sunday's show as they discuss the retirement of Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas' number and the legalization of sports gambling.

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