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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Marv Levy

(Born August 3, 1925) -- It’s fair to say Marv Levy wasn’t a typical football coach.

He grew up in Chicago after his family moved there from Montreal, and he graduated from South Shore High School in 1943. World War II got in the way of higher education for a while, but he eventually made his way to Coe College. There Levy lettered in football, track and basketball. Levy later earned a graduate degree at Harvard in English history in 1951.

But football called him. He landed a coaching job at Coe in 1953, and started working his way up the ladder. Levy served as a head coach at California and William and Mary. Then it was on to the pros, as he coached the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Blitz and Montreal Alouettes.

Levy came to the Bills as head coach in the middle of the 1986 season. It took him and Bill Polian a while to turn things around, but they did so. You may have heard about Buffalo’s four straight Super Bowl appearances. The Bills went 112-70 under Levy, who became the Bills’ most beloved coach in history.

He retired for a while, but returned to the team as general manager in 2006. Levy stayed for two seasons, and retired again from football. We won’t see his likes around these parts again.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.