John Murphy, considered a legend by Buffalo Bills fans in the NFL for his play-by-play radio commentary, suffered a stroke last weekend and is now recovering at his home. The Bills announced the news on Friday via a statement from Murphy’s family. 

The 67-year-old was taken to the Buffalo General Medical Center after the stroke. Following a period of treatment at the facility, he was released and is now recovering at home. 

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“John Murphy suffered a stroke last weekend. HE is recovering at home with his family and making progress every day,” the Murphy family said in the statement. “John and the Murphy family are grateful for the excellent care by the staff and doctors at Buffalo Medical Center. We appreciate everyone’s support.”

Who is John Murphy? 

John Murphy is the Buffalo Bill’s official play-by-play announcer. He replaced John Miller in the position in 2003 and has since been the voice behind Bill’s play on every game week. His decade-long relationship with the Bills fans has made him an indispensable part of game nights.

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Before joining the Bills full-time, Murphy was with WVIB, a division of CBS sports. He served as the director of the branch till 2012, according to his LinkedIn profile. On radio, Murphy started the talk show on the Buffalo Bills and named it after himself – The John Murphy Show. The show debuted on WGR-AM 550.

Murphy is also known for hosting the One Bills Live show, which Bills reported Chris Brown later started hosting. He has previously also worked with WKBW as a sports anchor.

Murphy was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2019 for his excellent career in sports broadcasting.