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MARV LEVY


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Editor’s note: The following is an op-ed piece Marv Levy wrote last year in response to the ongoing discussion about NFL athletes kneeling during the national anthem. He shared it with Buffalo News enterprise reporter Tim O'Shei during a recent interview in Chicago. It's referenced in that profile story and we present it here in full: As a former coach in the NFL, I do …

This is the fifth of five excerpts from Marv Levy's book, "Marv Levy: Where Else Would You Rather Be?" Today's installment focuses on Marv's treatment for prostate cancer.On opening day (of the 1995 season) in Denver, the Broncos whipped us 22-7, and there were a lot of the Bills fans and media already bemoaning our demise. If there was a large contingent of people in Buff…

This is the fourth of five excerpts from Marv Levy's book, "Marv Levy: Where Else Would You Rather Be?" Today's installment focuses on the Bills making the greatest comeback in NFL history.We entered our final week of the (1992) season with an 11-4 record, and we needed to win that last game on the road in Houston in order to repeat as the AFC East Division champions for t…

This is the third of five excerpts from Marv Levy's book, "Marv Levy: Where Else Would You Rather Be?" Today's installment deals with the Bickering Bills.We had accomplished much during (the) 1988 season. Just two years before, the Bills had finished in the AFC East Division cellar (for the third straight time) with a 4-12 record. Now we were East Division champs sporting …

This is the second of five excerpts from Marv Levy's book, "Marv Levy: Where Else Would You Rather Be?" Today's installment deals with Levy taking over as Bills' head coach in 1986. In late October 1986, I received a telephone call from the general manager of the Bills. He informed me that the team's owner, Ralph Wilson, would like me to come visit with him at his home …

In an article that appeared in The News on Aug. 6, two university graduate students, Uday Mohan and Leo Maley III, lament that "most reporters and commentators who write about Hiroshima and Nagasaki uncritically support the popular assumption that the use of atomic bombs was absolutely necessary to end the war and save American lives."Mohan and Maley contend that such "unc…

News flash! This just in! The best team won!Not just the best team in the Super Bowl, not just the best team in the NFL, but the best team I've seen in the past 15 years. Maybe the invincible Pittsburgh Steeler juggernauts in the late 1970s were more dominant -- at least on defense -- but there has never been an NFL offense to match that of this year's Super Bowl champions…

Participating in the Super Bowl game is an exhilarating experience, but many of the exciting activities that accompany the game can become burdensome for players and coaches.How many times and in how many ways can a player respond to media inquiries about his bursitis? How many civil answers can players and coaches conjure, as they make their way through raucous hotel lo…

AS MUCH AS participating players and coaches might try to pretend that Super Bowl week preparations are just like any other week, they all know there is a difference. What they don't know is how vastly different it truly is.I've been through it when there has been a two-week span following the AFC Championship Game and also when there has been only a one-week period leadi…

AS I WATCHED the final minute and the final drive of the AFC Championship Game on television Sunday, I experienced for the first time during this season's playoffs a twinge of the emotions I had known during crucial moments over the previous four years when the fate of our team and the outcome of our season would be determined by the next one or two plays.I knew that bo…

THERE IS NO question about it. The two best teams in each conference are meeting on Sunday in order to determine this year's Super Bowl matchup.All year many of our fans have heard me preach about the impact of turnovers. The takeaway/giveaway ratio for the four teams still playing illustrates the validity of my contention. Pittsburgh is plus 12, San Francisco is plus 11,…

LAST WEEK, I thought predicting the playoff games would be enjoyable, and it was. Today's assignment appeals to me even more, since I now get to be that most infallible of all authorities -- the Tuesday morning quarterback.Rule of thumb No. 1: "The guys who lost should have done the other thing."First, since I accurately predicted all four winners, I will indulge in a brie…

PLAYING THE GAME is difficult. Predicting the winners is easy. Preparation for playing takes endless hours. Preparation for predicting is a breeze. The stakes when you play are monumental. When you predict -- so what! This is fun, and so here goes:The biggest advantages in this weekend's contests go to Pittsburgh in its game today against Cleveland and to San Francisco …

THE PLAYOFFS are in full swing, and I must admit that it seems strange and even uncomfortable for me, after six consecutive years of having been a participant, to find myself now in the role of a sage observer.This year, of course, I'll be more relaxed, and it will be fun to don the mantle of an authority, especially when I know that any mistakes in my analyses will be q…