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With the Buffalo Bills preparing to face the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Sunday, it's impossible for Steve Christie to avoid thinking about his two most dramatic moments as an NFL kicker. "Certain things in your career and certain events like that will go down in history, for good or bad reasons," he said by phone from his home in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. "They always …

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Rob Gronkowski will watch Sunday's big game at New Era Field while sitting in front of a television in Fort Myers, Fla., with his mother. He'll be about 1,300 miles from his native Western New York and the visiting team, the New England Patriots, on which he spent nine seasons and established himself as arguably the greatest tight end in NFL history. Welcome to retireme…

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There are times when Eric Wood wishes he could yank off the headset he has worn since August and pull on the helmet he wore for nine NFL seasons. Every now and then, while sitting in the Buffalo Bills' radio booth, he pictures himself spending football games in the same place he spent them for half his life: on the field. "I definitely miss playing," Wood said. "But …

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When Jim Burt's two children were younger, he always liked to take them by that 1,500-square-foot house at 185 Easton Ave. in Buffalo. He wanted them to get a good look at the three-bedroom dwelling he shared with two brothers, three sisters and their parents. And one bathroom that was upstairs," Burt, 60, said with a laugh. "So, for the boys, the big bathroom was outsi…

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Brandon Beane's third offseason as general manager of the Buffalo Bills was, by far, his busiest. He rebuilt the offense with a slew of free-agent signings. He made draft picks that produced immediate offensive contributors. And he put the most defining stamp of all on the Bills' present by parting ways with the most recognizable face of their recent past, LeSean McCoy.…

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Chad Hall and his wife, Rose, were out to dinner recently to celebrate the 33rd birthday of the Buffalo Bills’ first-year receivers coach. It was supposed to have been just the two of them, but when word of their special night found its way onto a text thread of the players in his position group, the dinner lost its intimacy. “One of them got on it and was like, ‘Coa…

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The wife of one of Frank Reich's close friends posed the following question to him one day: "What's the biggest challenge of being a head coach?" The man who guided the Indianapolis Colts to a shocking 10-6 finish and postseason appearance in his first season as an NFL head coach last year didn't hesitate with this answer: "I have to wake up every day and tell myself, '…

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Terrance Gray’s childhood ambition was to play football on television. Not on Sundays so much as Saturdays. Although he was a major fan of the NFL draft, charting each pick in front of the television from the age of 10, he was focused on becoming a big-time college quarterback. Such destinations aren’t easily reached from anywhere, let alone Bayside High School in Queen…

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INDIANAPOLIS – Each year Joe Schoen arrives for the NFL Scouting Combine, it means more than simply being where the nation’s top college football prospects audition to play at the next level. It means more than gathering with fellow executives, as well as coaches from the league’s 31 other teams and player agents, to talk business and trade stories and some laughs. For …

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Mike Mamula’s considerable athletic prowess began turning heads when he was 13 to 14 years old. Those heads belonged to the 18- and 19-year-old guys he was outperforming on the basketball court in his native Lackawanna. “Then, we would have pickup football games behind the Lackawanna Library,” Mamula recalled. “I was the same age, playing against 25- and 30-old guys and…

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For most of Mark Kelso’s involvement in professional sports, the biggest event came at the end of the season. During seven years as an NFL free safety, that was the Super Bowl, in which Kelso played four consecutive times with the Buffalo Bills from 1990 to 1993. However, in his four years as manager of a NASCAR race team, Kelso has gotten used to the biggest event —…

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Bill Polian is no stranger to being on the ground floor of startup pro football leagues and teams. His Hall-of-Fame resume – highlighted by his seven seasons as general manager of the Buffalo Bills from 1986 to '92 – includes one year as personnel director of the United States Football League’s Chicago Blitz in 1984. It also includes three seasons as GM of the expansion…

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Jim Kelly’s health challenges never seem to let up. On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback is scheduled to undergo surgery for the removal of a cyst in his back. He said he has been in excruciating pain the past two months, and at the urging of his wife and two daughters, he finally relented to have the procedure. “They found a cyst…

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Rough doesn’t begin to describe Jon Dorenbos’ life before and after the 14 seasons he spent as an NFL long snapper, a career that began in 2003 with the Buffalo Bills. At 12, he went through the unspeakable trauma of having his father kill his mother during an argument in the garage of their suburban Seattle home. With his sister visiting relatives in California and his…

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In 1995, prostate cancer took its best shot at Marv Levy. His then-70-year-old body not only absorbed the punch, it punched back. After a brief hiatus, Levy resumed coaching the Buffalo Bills. Eight months ago, at 92, Levy took another hit, this time in his native Chicago. “I was out for a walk and all of a sudden I lost all balance and reality,” Levy said. “They rus…