Legendary Former Bills Broadcaster Van Miller Dies At Age 87
The Buffalo Bills confirmed on Saturday that their team and fans had lost the legendary, longtime radio broadcaster Van Miller. Miller, who served as the Bills' play-by-play radio announcer from 1960-1970 and then again from 1978-2003, passed away on Friday at the age of 87.
In his 37-year broadcasting career, Miller called 605 games for the Bills.
"On behalf of Terry and Kim Pegula and everyone at One Bills Drive, we are all deeply saddened with the news of the passing of Van Miller," said Bills president Russ Brandon said in a statement. "As the 'Voice of the Bills,' Van's historic radio calls of Bills games over the years will forever resonate with our fans. His Hall of Fame and Wall of Fame talent was overshadowed only by his engaging personality, his witty sense of humor and his love for the Bills.
"We will all dearly miss 'Uncle Van,' but his legacy will remain deeply embedded in our franchise's history and in the hearts of his countless fans in Western New York and throughout the NFL community. Our deepest sympathies, along with our thoughts and prayers, go out to his wife Gloria and all of Van's family during this difficult time."
Miller was recently inducted into the Bills Wall of Fame during halftime of their Oct. 19, 2014 game against the Minnesota Vikings, and was also the recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award in 2004.
His family has not released an official statement, but a detailed profile of his life and accomplishments by the Buffalo News can be found here.
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