Bills Great Cookie Gilchrist Has Died

January 10, 2011 Updated Jan 11, 2011 at 9:49 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 10, 2011 Updated Jan 11, 2011 at 9:49 AM EDT

Pittsburgh, PA (WKBW-TV)

After his career in the CFL had ended, Cookie Gilchrist helped put the Buffalo Bills on the football map. The 6-3 250 pound fullback was a punishing runner. “Cookie was the Jim Brown of the American Football League; he was the icon of the league,” said Booker Edgerson, a member of the Bills 1964 championship team.

Against the San Diego Chargers early in the 1964 season, Gilchrist caught a swing pass from Quarterback Jack Kemp. Nobody on defense was fooled. One tackler after another, four defenders in all piled on top of Cookie. He finally went down after carrying them 25 yards down the field.

Cookie Gilchrist brought a swagger to the Buffalo Bills. He exuded toughness and showed leadership when necessary.

Recently, Gilchrist had battled cancer and was placed in a assisted living facility in the Pittsburgh area.

Gilchrist was 75 years old.

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