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Former Bills radio broadcaster Van Miller dies at 87

Longtime Buffalo Bills radio broadcaster Van Miller died Friday, the team confirmed Saturday. He was 87.

Miller served as the Bills' play-by-play announcer from the team's inception in 1960 through 1970, and again from 1978 through 2003. He received the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award in 2004.

"On behalf of Terry and Kim Pegula and everyone at One Bills Drive, we are all deeply saddened with the news of the passing of Van Miller," Bills president Russ Brandon said in a statement Saturday. "As the 'Voice of the Bills,' Van's historic radio calls of Bills games over the years will forever resonate with our fans. His Hall of Fame and Wall of Fame talent was overshadowed only by his engaging personality, his witty sense of humor 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. Our deepest sympathies, along with our thoughts and prayers, go out to his wife Gloria and all of Van's family during this difficult time."

The Bills inducted Miller into their Wall of Fame during halftime of their Oct. 19 game against the Minnesota Vikings last season.

Miller called 605 games during his 37-year career broadcasting for the Bills.

"Beyond being just a great announcer, he was the heart and soul of the Buffalo Bills," former Bills coach Marv Levy told ESPN by phone Saturday afternoon. "He was a lot of fun to be with. He had a very good sense of humor. I'm very saddened to hear about his passing away."