TDIF: Happy Birthday Cookie Gilchrist!

Buffalo Bills, Tales from the Vault, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History

Cookie Gilchrist is said to have been recruited by Jim Brown to sign with the Browns right out of high school.  After learning he wasn’t a lock to make the team, Gilchrist went to play in the Canadian Rugby Football Union.  In 1956, he moved over to the Canadian Football League and led the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the 1957 Grey Cup.  After dominating the CFL from 1956-60, he joined the Buffalo Bills.  Gilchrist was an All-Pro in 3 of his first 4 seasons, however his NFL career lasted just 6 years.

Here’s a look back at the late, great Cookie Gilchrist, as presented in 2009’s Full Color Football: The History of the American Football League.

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