WALL OF FAME
Wall of Fame
Cookie Gilchrist, Full Back #34 (2017 Inductee)
For those who played with him he was the greatest player they had ever seen, and this was during the era in which Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown was dominating the NFL. He was a supernova of a player for the Buffalo Bills during the AFL years. For three spectacular seasons Cookie Gilchrist was an unstoppable force that no one could handle. His exploits helped propel the Bills to their first AFL title in 1964. Cookie recorded the first 1,000-yard rushing season in AFL history.
In his rookie year with the Bills he rushed for almost 1,100 yards in just 14 games with 15 touchdowns, and was named the American Football League's Most Valuable Player. In Buffalo's 1964 AFL title game victory over San Diego (20-7), Gilchrist was a critical component rushing for 122 yards. To say that the fullback was dominant was an understatement. At 6-3 and 250 pounds, Gilchrist was a one-man wrecking crew. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry in his three seasons with the Bills rushing for just over 3,000 yards with 35 total touchdowns.