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Many mourn passing of Hall of Famer

March 26, 2014

On Tuesday, Buffalo Bills fans received word from team president Russ Brandon that owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. had passed away at the age of 95....

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DKexpat

Mar-26-14 10:27 PM

Read the Peter King (MMQB) article at the Sports Illustrated website . . .

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rumblefish

Mar-26-14 1:24 PM

apparently Phil didn't know about the "mad bombers" off field activities, the story goes he was tilling in the wrong field, or picking someone else's apples, nuf said

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PEOPLE1ST

Mar-26-14 12:00 PM

He will be buried in his beloved Detroit,with Buffalos money $$ not to mention NYS HAND-OUTS - Bills lifetime record W= 376 L=436 t=8.Too bad too bad !

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PhilJulian

Mar-26-14 8:52 AM

Credit Mr. Wilson for keeping the team in Buffalo when most other owners would have gone to a larger market. I think he should have sold the team to the Kelly group. It's hard to understand his sensitivity to capital gains taxes when he is obviously very rich and the sale would keep the team in Buffalo. Bringing in Bill Polian in the 1980's might have been his smartest move but I never could understand why he sent Darell Lamonica to Oakland when everyone knew Lamonica had great potential. Mr. Wilson was good to Buffalo and we can only hope that a change to new ownership will bring a winner back to Western New York.

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DKexpat

Mar-26-14 8:25 AM

This goes back 25+ years, but here’s something I admired about Ralph Wilson:

After games, win or lose, he’d stand on the concourse outside the administration building and talk to fans. Just Ralph – no security, no minders, no PR flacks – just Ralph, taking as much time as anyone wanted to talk or pose for pictures.

Also, he could have made $500M+ (current team worth according to Forbes is $870M) by selling or moving the team – but he didn’t. In fact, he voted against every relocation vote at owners’ meetings. So regardless of the product on the field, especially in recent years, he remained loyal to WNY.

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snottynosepunk

Mar-26-14 8:02 AM

finally, maybe the Bills will leave town and change their idiotic name.

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