Today will go down as one of the saddest in Buffalo Bills history. As many of you know Ralph Wilson has passed away. Wilson is the only owner the Bills have ever had, and while some fans have questioned his motives; there is no denying that he will always be remembered in Western New York.
“Ralph Wilson was a driving force in developing pro football into America’s most popular sport,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Tuesday. “He loved the game and took a chance on a start-up league in 1960 as a founding owner of the American Football League. He brought his beloved Bills to western New York and his commitment to the team’s role in the community set a standard for the NFL.” CBS Sports
Ralph Wilson may be the only reason that the Bills have survived in Buffalo for so long; it is no secret that the Bills could have been moved. Mr. Wilson made it a point to keep our team where it belongs. Yes, there were times that he spoke about not making enough money here, and there were time that the product on the field didn’t live up to our expectations. But, I don’t think that is all that important now. Now, is time to be thankful and remember how lucky we are to have had a man in charge that wanted to be part of Buffalo?
In the NFL things are too often driven by money, and Mr. Wilson didn’t chase the big pay-day. He wanted to win a Super Bowl here in Buffalo. It’s sad that his dream didn’t come true, but some day the Bills could win, and it would be in part due to him.
“No one loved the game of football more than Ralph Wilson,” Brandon said. “He passed away peacefully at his home with his beautiful wife, Mary, and his daughters by his side.” CBS Sports
Over the next few hours, and days we will hear lots of talk about what’s next for the Bills. I really don’t care right now. At least for today it should be about Ralph Wilson and what he has meant to WNY.
Rest In Peace Mr. Wilson, you have left behind a great legacy.