“Cookie” Finally Gets His Place on the Wall of Fame
More than 50 years after terrorizing opposing defensive backs while he played for the Buffalo Bills, fullback Carlton "Cookie" Gilchrist will finally get an honor long overdue. The Bills announced today that Gilchrist's name will be added to New Era Field's Wall of Fame in a special halftime ceremony during the October 29th game against the Oakland Raiders.
At 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, Gilchrist played three seasons for the Bills from 1962 to 1964. His impact on the Bills and the league was immediate. He set eight AFL and team records in his first year with the Bills and became the first player to rush for more than a thousand yards on his way to becoming the AFL's Most Valuable Player in 1962.
According to a release from the Buffalo Bills, Gilchrist established a professional football record by rushing for 243 yards in a game against the New York Jets in 1963 and ran for 122 yards in the Bills victory over the San Diego Chargers in the 1964 AFL Championship game.
He finished his Bills career with 3,056 yards rushing and 31 rushing touchdowns in 42 games. Additionally he caught 78 passes for 875 yards and four touchdowns.
Gilchrist will become the 31st member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame.