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Playoffs
03-25-2014, 02:00 PM
Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter
Bills announced that a legend and icon, Ralph Wilson, has passed away.

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The1ApplePie
03-25-2014, 02:08 PM
RIP

He got to outlive Al Davis and Bud Adams, something I'm sure he enjoyed a little bit.

TheIronDuke
03-25-2014, 02:23 PM
Just like Bud, he never got the Lombardi. Unlike Bud, I feel a little sorry for him because getting to the Super Bowl 4 times in a row and losing each one has gotta be the worst feeling.

Double Barrel
03-25-2014, 02:40 PM
He was a solid dude. I heard a speech - maybe HoF? - where he talked about the connection between a city and the franchise that represented it. He said he voted against every franchise relocation, including the Oilers, because he felt in his heart and soul that it was wrong to the fans of those cities.

He did concede economic viability with some situations (like his Bills), but he said most of the franchise moves were solely based on greed. He always advocated patience for NFL owners to work with cities for new facilities instead of holding teams for ransom to get what they wanted.

Guys like him are a dying breed in modern professional sports. Much respect to Mr. Wilson. May he rest in peace.

ChampionTexan
03-25-2014, 02:46 PM
He was the last living member of the Foolish Club (original AFL owners).

RIP Ralph - Professional Football is better because of you.

Lucky
03-25-2014, 03:49 PM
This is likely the beginning of the end of NFL football in Buffalo.

toronto
03-25-2014, 03:56 PM
Just like Bud, he never got the Lombardi. Unlike Bud, I feel a little sorry for him because getting to the Super Bowl 4 times in a row and losing each one has gotta be the worst feeling.

Wilson was a truly decent man who did everything in his power to build and keep the team in Buffalo, showing incredible loyalty to a small market.

Sad but was inevitable. The AFL is truly now dead.

toronto
03-25-2014, 03:58 PM
This is likely the beginning of the end of NFL football in Buffalo.

Don't be too sure of that. If anything he last 5 years has taught me watching the Toronto experiment, its that to never count this region. Feisty and Folks like Terry Pegula may step up.

kingtexan
03-25-2014, 04:06 PM
This is likely the beginning of the end of NFL football in Buffalo.

Doubt it. I spent some time working projects in Buffalo and they are a solid, hard working bunch of folks who are proud of that team. They will want it there and make sure it stays IMO.

RIP RW

IDEXAN
03-25-2014, 04:26 PM
I dunno, but I'd bet the Jags would relocate before the Bills.

Double Barrel
03-25-2014, 06:02 PM
Doubt it. I spent some time working projects in Buffalo and they are a solid, hard working bunch of folks who are proud of that team. They will want it there and make sure it stays IMO.

RIP RW

yep, I agree. My in-laws are from Buffalo, and that's the same thing they said, as well.

From what I have heard, the city is in the process of working a deal for a new stadium. If/when it happens, then all this talk about the Bills moving will be mute.

DocBar
03-25-2014, 06:42 PM
Rest in peace. Outstanding owner, imho, and outstanding person from what I've heard. The old AFL guard is gone now, isn't it?

b0ng
03-26-2014, 12:14 PM
Jim Kelly gets beat again.

Playoffs
03-31-2014, 10:38 AM
Bills fans tailgate Sunday in honor of Ralph Wilson (http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/tailgaters-tap-bills-tradition-to-honor-wilson-20140330)

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Hundreds of Buffalo Bills fans turned out Sunday afternoon to celebrate the life of Ralph C. Wilson Jr., honoring the memory of the teamís only owner in what many said was the best way they could think of: by tailgating.

The overnight snowfall didnít stop the crowd from gathering in a muddy parking lot owned by Wings Flights of Hope and partying for hours, as if it were a Sunday during the fall.

Decked out in Bills colors and the usual outfits, the fans pulled out grills, sat in lawn chairs, drank beer and mingled Ė just as they do before a Bills game Ė as they remembered the man many credit with bringing football to Buffalo and keeping it here...
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/tailgaters-tap-bills-tradition-to-honor-wilson-20140330