Cookie Gilchrist dies at 75

Updated: January 10, 2011, 7:17 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Cookie Gilchrist's nickname gave the false impression of a man who might easily crumble.

One of the American Football League's first marquee players, Gilchrist died of cancer Monday at the age of 75.

He was a 251-pound bruiser whose ferocious running style drew comparisons to that of the great Jim Brown, and his grit and single-mindedness extended beyond the football field. Gilchrist took stands against racism and wasn't afraid to demand better contracts.

He ...

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