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Cookie Gilchrist dies at 75; AFL star player

Cookie Gilchrist dies at 75; AFL star player

Cookie Gilchrist, a bruising fullback who as one of the American Football League's first star players helped lead the Buffalo Bills to a championship in 1964, has died. He was 75.

Gilchrist died Monday of cancer at an assisted living facility near Pittsburgh, his nephew, Thomas Gilchrist, told the Associated Press.

Gilchrist took stands against racism during his career and wasn't afraid to demand better contracts. In 1965, he was among a group of black players who boycotted the AFL All-Star Game in New Orleans after they weren't allowed into a bar and had difficulty catching taxicabs. The game was eventually moved to Houston.

Gilchrist, at 6 feet 3 and 251 pounds, was...

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