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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:42 pm 
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A very, very sad day in Buffalo and for all Bills fans

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Ralph Cookerly Wilson Jr., founder of the Buffalo Bills and the most influential sports figure Western New York ever has known, has died at age 95.

“He passed away peacefully at his home with his beautiful wife, Mary, and his daughters by his side,” Bills President and Chief Executive Officer Russ Brandon told The News while at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla.

Wilson did not put Buffalo on the map, but he did as much as anyone to keep it there.

He brought major league sports to Buffalo in 1959, when he joined a group that became known as “The Foolish Club,” eight businessmen led by Texas oilman Lamar Hunt, who founded the American Football League. The initial cost to Wilson was $25,000, and challenging the established National Football League was considered a risky venture.

The investment became a stroke of genius, as pro football blossomed into America’s favorite sport. Wilson’s team is valued today at roughly $870 million, based on estimates by Forbes Magazine. The Bills arguably are the single-most identifiable and unifying institution in Western New York.


http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bills ... 5-20140325


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:14 pm 
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So sorry to hear the news of Mr. Wilson passing. He was one of the great ambassadors for the NFL and he will be missed.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:27 pm 
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RIP Ralph. Living to 95 with Millions and owning a NFL team, I'd say you did pretty well sir.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:29 pm 
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I heard from a Bills fan that the team is going into a trust fund now, with no successor under contract. I don't understand how a 95 year old owner wouldn't already have an "heir" under contract, but there has to be a reason behind it. R.I.P. Mr. Ralph Wilson.

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Makchell wrote:
RIP Ralph. Living to 95 with Millions and owning a NFL team, I'd say you did pretty well sir.


Yep. People like to criticize the Bills for losing 4 consecutive Super Bowls but that is a feat that may not be duplicated. They should have won the first one. I do hope they keep the Bills in Buffalo. Even though it is a small market there, Bills fans are very devoted to their team.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:18 am 
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Without him... who knows if there would even be an NFL.

Lost a great man - best wishes to his family.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:06 am 
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Big Dave wrote:
Yep. People like to criticize the Bills for losing 4 consecutive Super Bowls


That's on the players and coaching staff IMO, I don't see the big guy having orchestrated that.

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