Broadcaster Bills suffers a stroke
The Buffalo Bills announced Friday afternoon that broadcaster John Murphy suffered a stroke last weekend but is “making progress” in his recovery.
The 67-year-old has been the Buffalo Bills Radio Network’s play-by-play announcer since the 2004 season and has worked alongside former seven-time Buffalo Pro Bowl receiver Steve Tasker, among others. Murphy currently shares the stand with former Bills Pro Bowl center Eric Wood.
Murphy has also worked as a commentator with minor league baseball Buffalo Bisons and various colleges and universities in the Western New York area.
The news comes as “Bills Mafia” is still closely monitoring reports regarding the safety status of Damar Hamlin, following his cardiac arrest on Monday. The 24-year-old collapsed on the field after making a tackle during the team’s Week 17 “Monday Night Football” game against the Cincinnati Bengals and has been at UC Medical Center ever since.
Hamlin has shown “remarkable improvement” in recent days, and it was recently reported that he had his breathing tube removed Thursday night and was able to speak to doctors, family and teammates.
Football fans in Western New York and beyond will surely have Hamlin and Murphy on their minds in Week 18 and once the playoffs kick off.
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