Buf­falo Bills broad­caster Van Miller dies at 87

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

The voice of the Buf­falo Bills from the team's ear­li­est days in the AFL has died at age 87.

Bills Pres­i­dent Russ Bran­don an­nounced Satur­day that re­tired broad­caster Van Miller died on Fri­day.

Miller be­gan his broad­cast­ing ca­reer in 1955 call­ing high school sports for WBEN ra­dio and tele­vi­sion. He be­came the Bills' play-by-play man dur­ing the team's first sea­son with the AFL in 1960.

Miller served in that role from 1960 to 1970 and again from 1978 un­til his re­tire­ment in 2003. He called a to­tal of 605 Bills games dur­ing his ca­reer.

“As the 'Voice of the Bills,' Van's his­toric ra­dio calls of Bills games over the years will for­ever res­onate with our fans,” Bran­don said in a state­ment.

“His Hall of Fame and Wall of Fame tal­ent was over­shad­owed only by his en­gag­ing per­son­al­ity, his witty sense of hu­mour 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.”

Miller was re­mem­bered by friends and col­leagues as a funny guy and an ex­pert at his craft.

“He was hi­lar­i­ous,” Bills broad­caster John Mur­phy told re­porters Satur­day. “

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