Former Buffalo Bills great running back Cookie Gilchrist died early today in an assisted living facility in Pittsburgh, his nephew, Thomas Gilchrist, confirmed this morning.
Gilchrist had been in the hospital since September battling cancer, which had spread through his body. He was 75.
Gilchrist was one of the greatest Bills players ever. He played in Buffalo for three seasons, from 1962 to 1964. He was a star on the Bills' 1964 AFL Championship team. Gilchrist gained 3,056 rushing yards with 31 rushing touchdowns for Buffalo. He set a pro football single-game rushing record with 243 yards in a game against the New York Titans in 1962. He made first-team All-AFL in 1962, '64 and '65, and he was on the second-team in '63. He played for Denver in 1965 and '67 and Miami in '66.
Before joining the Bills, Gilchrist was one of the greatest players in the history of the Canadian Football League, where he played for six years. Gilchrist's nephew, Thomas Gilchrist, said today condolences can be sent, care of Cookie Gilchrist, to 322 Mall Blvd. Suite 164, Monroeville, Pa., 15146.
Cookie's advice to a young reporter: "Don't ever apologize."
News Sports Reporter Milt Northrop remembers Cookie Gilchrist:
Mark Gaughan remembers Cookie Gilchrist: