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C.J. Spiller mourns the passing of Ralph Wilson

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Bills running back C.J. Spiller, a first-round pick of the team in 2010, has issued a statement mourning the passing of iconic owner Ralph Wilson.  Mr. Wilson died Tuesday at the age of 95.

“I would like to send out my condolences to the entire family of Mr. Ralph Wilson,” Spiller said.  “He will forever be remembered and loved by myself and the rest of the Bills fans across the world.  I personally want to thank Mr. Wilson for drafting me and showing me what a great organization he has built.  As I sit here and think back, I remember first meeting him shortly before my press conference the day after the draft.  He looked me in the eye and said, ‘I know that you will put some points up for us.’  I will not let you down, Mr. Wilson.  May God be with you and your family always.  This world has lost a great leader, but his legacy will surely live on forever.”

Various other statements have been issued expressing condolences to the Wilson family and the Bills organization.  We’ll collect all of them later today.

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20 Responses to “C.J. Spiller mourns the passing of Ralph Wilson”
  1. chawkup says: Mar 25, 2014 4:00 PM

    Very class act by CJ.

  2. spud1111 says: Mar 25, 2014 4:04 PM

    Very classy Mr. Spiller.

  3. wnbasuperfan says: Mar 25, 2014 4:07 PM

    Very classy C.J.
    Hopefully he can go honor him on the field.

  4. canadianbucsfan says: Mar 25, 2014 4:08 PM

    CJ is a very classy dude, same as Ralph Wilson. I hope his family stays strong through this tough times. Living close to Toronto and pretty close to Buffalo, many people around where I live in Canada have gone to many Bills games and many people know who Ralph Wilson is. He will be missed by all football fans in Canada. Rest In peace! I hope the Bills do great things next season! ( unless there playing my bucs.. haha! )

  5. thepftpoet says: Mar 25, 2014 4:08 PM

    Peterson > Spiller

    #Skol

  6. texansfalcons says: Mar 25, 2014 4:12 PM

    RIP Mr. Wilson. CJ is a great player and a great person.

  7. kane337 says: Mar 25, 2014 4:15 PM

    Well said CJ, well said

  8. rutchaser says: Mar 25, 2014 4:15 PM

    Very intelligent and sincere sounding statement.

  9. wipackman1265 says: Mar 25, 2014 4:24 PM

    RIP Ralph… I hope. The Bills win big in his honor !!

  10. scoboscobs says: Mar 25, 2014 4:50 PM

    I also “knew” he was going to put up points for my fantasy team last year….

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 25, 2014 4:50 PM

    Wow great stuff by Spiller, sounds like Wilson had a very powerful affect on that young man. What a great draft pick he turned out to be.

  12. thevikesarebest says: Mar 25, 2014 4:59 PM

    Toby gerhart is still 10times better than any rb the turd bay cheeseheads.if only he could’ve stay on a top franchise in Minnesota behind the best rb and have a chance at a ring.SKOL

  13. joetoronto says: Mar 25, 2014 5:44 PM

    RIP, Mr Wilson.

    Fans in Buffalo will miss you more than they now know.

  14. annes22 says: Mar 25, 2014 5:49 PM

    I am so sorry for Mary and the Wilson family.
    What a big loss to the Bills family.

  15. azvikefan says: Mar 25, 2014 7:00 PM

    Sad day for Buffalo fans, but I think they will become the Los Angeles Bills as soon as they are sold. His will states his heirs must sell the team.
    So long Buffalo.

  16. who8mysteak says: Mar 25, 2014 7:46 PM

    I like CJ and he seems such a nice guy :)

  17. chicagosports2014 says: Mar 25, 2014 7:50 PM

    B.I.P. MR. WILSON

    . I ALWAYS PICKED BUFFALO TO BEAT THE COWBOYS!

    .BEAR DOWN!

  18. djshnooks says: Mar 25, 2014 10:14 PM

    This is so sad. Ralph and Jim, the two who could keep the team in Buffalo…one is gone, and former teammates are coming into town for support of the other right now.

    This is the first time I’ve ever worried about the future of my favorite NFL team.

    I’m beyond worried & upset. I’m disturbed.

  19. coachbeck says: Mar 26, 2014 1:34 AM

    Wonder why he forced the sale of the team? Hard to believe that forcing the sale of the very thing that takes care of your family for generations

  20. mjw9326mjw9326 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:29 AM

    As Bob Hope used to say, “Thanks for the memories”. Thank you for what you did all these years for the community.
    Too bad your daughters or wife do not want the team. Unfortunately, tax laws would likely prohibit the girls from owning it anyway.
    Hopefully Jim Kelly gets better and helps get that group together to buy the team and keep it here.

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