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Bills to honor all members of Wall of Fame at Carolina game

By Mark Gaughan

There will be no new addition to the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame this year.

Instead, the team will honor all 28 members of the franchise's ring of honor during ceremonies at the Sept. 15 game against the Carolina Panthers. In a halftime ceremony at the game, the Wall of Famers will be presented with an honorary blazer and introduced to the crowd.

The Bills' Wall of Fame was created in 1980 to honor former players, coaches and administrators.

The inducted members, by year: 2012, Bill Polian; 2011, Phil Hansen; 2010, Booker Edgerson; 2008, Bruce Smith; 2007, Steve Tasker; 2006, Andre Reed; 2005, Thurman Thomas; 2004, Jim Ritcher; 2003, Darryl Talley; 2002, Kent Hull; 2001, Fred Smerlas; 2001, Jim Kelly; 2000, George Saimes; 2000, Bob Kalsu; 1999, Edward Abramoski; 1998, Robert James; 1997, Joe DeLamielleure; 1996, Marv Levy; 1995, Joe Ferguson; 1994, Mike Stratton; 1993, Elbert Dubenion; 1992, The 12th Man; 1989, Ralph C. Wilson Jr.; 1988, Billy Shaw; 1987, Tom Sestak; 1985, Patrick J. McGroder; 1984, Jack Kemp; 1980, O.J. Simpson. Members who have died include Kemp, McGroder, Sestak, Kalsu, Saimes and Hull. Fans attending the game will get a Wall of Fame souvenir. The new Wall of Fame logo:

Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame logo

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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