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The 1983 quarterback draft class is the gold standard. This year's group probably won't pan out so well, but silver sure can shimmer. The Comstock Lode, the massive silver vein in Nevada's western mountains, made many men rich and established much of America's Pacific infrastructure. There was so much silver, the U.S. Mint opened a branch in nearby Carson City. …

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The Miami Dolphins compounded one of the most flaccid sports traditions Wednesday: signing a player to a one-day contract to let them symbolically retire with their chosen team, usually to heal wounds. But the Dolphins did it six times over, and each of those six players retired no fewer than 12 years ago. They "re-signed" quarterbacks Bob Griese and Dan Marino, receive…

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While it must bolster Jim Kelly's ego to know he has been irreplaceable for 20 years, he'd rather watch another quarterback take his Buffalo Bills back to the playoffs. Snow falling on a frigid January afternoon, a miserable opponent and Bills fans going bonkers for their boys ... That's what Kelly and Super Bowl teammates Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Steve Tasker…

One of the favorite parts of my job is when an interview takes an unexpected turn that makes me think about the game in a different way or leads to questions I hadn't pondered before. That happened during a recent conversation I had with University of Georgia coach Mark Richt about his old friend, Jim Kelly. The story for which I interviewed Richt ran in Friday's edition…

BATAVIA -- Dan Marino had a smile on his face. He was about to sign some autographs, see some old friends and play some golf. Heck, he even was happy to talk to a reporter while signing. So what was it like to visit Jim Kelly in the hospital Sunday? Marino, bending over the first of many pictures, finished that signature and stood up. He snapped the cap back on the mark…

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This story was originally published April 26, 2014. EAST BRADY, Pa. — Chris Weibel wanted Jim Kelly’s life. Weibel grew up 15 years behind Kelly in this tiny borough tucked inside an elbow of the Allegheny River. Weibel played quarterback, too, and admired Kelly’s implausible journey from East Brady to the University of Miami to the Buffalo Bills to four straight Sup…

NEWARK, N.J. -- There aren't many Buffalo Bills fans around Pensacola, Fla. New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars ... All those teams make sense for folks in Florida's panhandle. But a Bills fan grew up there, was thrilled by the K-gun offense there and got taunted about four straight Super Bowl losses there. On Sunday, he'll hav…