Former AFL star Gilchrist dies from cancer

Posted Jan. 10, 2011 @ 2:58 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Former AFL star Cookie Gilchrist passed away on Monday after a long bout with cancer. Gilchrist was 75.

Gilchrist played for six seasons in the league, from 1962-67, with the Bills, Broncos and Dolphins. As a fullback, linebacker and placekicker, he was considered an early star of the league. He lead the AFL in rushing TDs four times and rushing yards twice.

Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson spoke with his former player just last week.

"I had the opportunity last week to speak with Cookie and we had a good conversation," said Wilson. "Today is a sad day for me, the Bills and all of the community that Cookie is no longer with us and I want to offer my deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

"The Bills were very lucky to have procured the services of Cookie Gilchrist. He was one of the greatest fullbacks I have ever seen in all of my years in professional football."

Gilchrist had 35 touchdowns, eight field goals and 14 extra points during his Buffalo career, leading the team in scoring in each of his three seasons with the Bills.