After all the losing this team has done over the years it’s the last thing in the world Bills fans are thinking about. With the news of founder/ owner in Ralph Wilson’s passing and Jim Kelly back in the hospital with his second stint with cancer I’m not sure what else could be worse?
Back in 1959 no one would’ve thought the $25,000 investment Mr. Wilson made would be what it is today. He joined a group of seven others that would help establish the American Football League (AFL). From there Wilson always progressed and looking ahead was known as a great contributor that helped the modern day game. The NFL has now lost its last AFL founder. Ralph sadly passed at the age of 95 at his home Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. A family man, veteran and an all around great guy will definitely be missed.
If that wasn’t enough Bills fans are also dealing with one of the best within the organization back in the hospital. Jim Kelly is now going through his second spell with cancer and is not looking good. Reports have surfaced that it’s indeed spreading and that Kelly is without question in great pain. Pictures of him with his family have been posted and thoughts and prayers have come from everywhere. Coming out today it looks now as if surgery will not be in store for Jim. Not knowing if that will really help him doctors have decided to treat Kelly with chemotherapy and radiation.
So as this week moves on many hope it just gets better somehow. One thing that was a little reassuring was a report coming out that the Bills couldn’t be moved until at least the 2020 season. It was said that a new owner could pay the $400 million price tag along with the purchase of team but now that isn’t the case. So as everyone begins to move on, thoughts and prayers will be with the Kelly family and many will look at Ralph Wilson as one of the greats in Buffalo sports history. A $25,000 investment has now turned into an almost $900 million dollar franchise. #RIPRalphWilson #GetWellJimKelly