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Mary Wilson thanks Bills fans for their “outpouring of love” for Ralph Wilson

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On Saturday, Bills fans celebrated the life of Ralph Wilson, Jr., the only owner in team history.  His widow has issued a statement thanking the fans for their support.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Bills fans and people everywhere for their tremendous outpouring of love for Ralph,” Mary Wilson said in a statement issued by the team.  “Their heartfelt condolences and warm wishes have truly been a comfort for me, Ralph’s daughters Christy and Dee Dee, Mary Owen, and the entire Wilson family during this difficult time.

“Ralph loved his life and he had a great full life that touched so many people in a variety of ways. He loved his family and his many friends. He loved his Buffalo Bills and he loved the fans. Before he passed, he told me that he wanted people to celebrate his life after he was gone. He wasn’t big on tears. And so that’s why we are referring to events such as the one today as ‘celebrating’ the life of Ralph Wilson.

“This man accomplished so many things during his time and most of them have been well documented in the past couple of weeks.  But the one thing that everyone has mentioned in their kind words was his sense of humor and that certainly was one of his most endearing qualities.  Ralph most likely would have offered a funny quip about today’s event.  But at the same time, he would have been profoundly touched by the fans outpouring of emotion.”

No, Bills fans, the statement contains no hints about Mary Wilson’s plans for the team.  She’ll undoubtedly sell, probably soon.  But she has yet to address the critical question of whether she’ll ensure the franchise is sold to a person or group that will keep the franchise in Buffalo for decades to come.

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24 Responses to “Mary Wilson thanks Bills fans for their “outpouring of love” for Ralph Wilson”
  1. primenumber19 says: Apr 5, 2014 5:06 PM

    Before he died wilson said after his death the team would be sold and that keeping the team in buffalo would not be a requirement of whomever buys the team.

  2. trunord says: Apr 5, 2014 5:08 PM

    They’re gone

  3. realnflmaster says: Apr 5, 2014 5:13 PM

    I’m so glad Woody Johnson is MY OWNER.

  4. anchorbarred says: Apr 5, 2014 5:28 PM

    That memorial today was amazing, touching and Mary Wilson greeted every fan at the end that went through that line that snaked through the fieldhouse and out to the parking lot.

    The Bills put together an amazing remembrance.

  5. iloveagoodnap says: Apr 5, 2014 5:34 PM

    The story yesterday suggesting the team will be sold by October clearly indicates a deal is already lined up. If so then Mary Wilson likely Iegally cannot share any information hinting one way or the other. Signs of a deal this early when it’s a know fact that the team can’t leave for 6 years indicates it’s a buyer committed to keeping them local. Let’s hope so.

  6. wny49er says: Apr 5, 2014 5:42 PM

    Primenumber19. No such statement ever existed. No one knows what is in the trust.

  7. jimr10 says: Apr 5, 2014 5:43 PM

    “She’ll undoubtedly sell, probably soon.” You know this for a fact Mike?

  8. tinbender2000 says: Apr 5, 2014 6:05 PM

    realnflmaster says: Apr 5, 2014 5:13 PM

    I’m so glad Woody Johnson is MY OWNER.
    ===========================================
    You’re Owned by a Woody Johnson?

  9. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Apr 5, 2014 6:20 PM

    At the risk of going off topic and being insensitive to the recently departed and attendant loved ones… more rich old ladies should rock Max Headroom shades. Just sayin’.

  10. bassplucker says: Apr 5, 2014 6:30 PM

    I can’t think of much worse than living in Buffalo, but I really hope they get to keep their NFL team.

  11. talkingproud says: Apr 5, 2014 7:07 PM

    Ever been to Buffalo, NY, Bassplucker?

  12. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Apr 5, 2014 7:35 PM

    jimr10 says:
    Apr 5, 2014 5:43 PM
    “She’ll undoubtedly sell, probably soon.” You know this for a fact Mike?

    It has been Wilson’s stated plan for years that the trust will sell the team after his death. I thought everyone knew this.

  13. stew48 says: Apr 5, 2014 7:40 PM

    My Uncle Frank Hastings was always one of my very favorite people. He and his family were from Buffalo and I loved visiting him and Aunt Blanche, and having them visit our home in PA. The nay sayers are also nay knowers!

  14. mlblogsbufnyfan says: Apr 5, 2014 8:58 PM

    I doubt very much that Buffalo is going anywhere-the state and local officials (including Governor Cuomo) simply won’t let this happen. And the Bills can also count on Roger Goddell (NFL commissioner) to do everything possible –Goddell grew up near Hamburg, Western NY and knows first hand the passion the area has for this team

  15. keepyerstickontheice says: Apr 5, 2014 9:29 PM

    Bflo’s a great place to live. You just wouldn’t want to visit.

  16. yooperman says: Apr 5, 2014 10:10 PM

    What really surprised me was that Ralph live in Grosse Point Shores, MI. A very rich suburb, only a 10 miles from Detroit.

  17. thetooloftools says: Apr 5, 2014 10:11 PM

    Class. Total Class.
    Buffalo is class.
    It is what it is.

  18. wny49er says: Apr 5, 2014 10:15 PM

    Jax, Stl or Oak would be the most logical teams who would moved to LA. But why put a team out there? Even when the Rams and Raided were winners nobody went. Host a few Super Bowl, but forget about a team. People of LA historically don’t care.

  19. treesloth16 says: Apr 5, 2014 10:33 PM

    I’d like to see my favorite team come to SanDiego, and the current team, run by a bunch of losers (Spanos’) , go to LA. San Diego Bills…. it’s got a nice ring to it.

  20. bvolke says: Apr 6, 2014 2:05 AM

    What other fans come out like this? Bills fans are the best in the NFL.

  21. billsfan4life says: Apr 6, 2014 8:12 AM

    That’s right there should definitely be a celebration of Ralph’s life….and one of the BEST ways to celebrate his life is by keeping his beloved Bills in Buffalo…..

  22. jim9660 says: Apr 6, 2014 9:33 AM

    If the Bills do leave, that will leave New York State with no football teams now that the Jets and Giants play in Jersey.

  23. peed1 says: Apr 6, 2014 10:00 AM

    As percentage of revenue a nfl receives, tickets, suites, etc. is relatively small. TV is the big revenue. It matters little where the team plays. The bills should stay in Buffalo forever. Moving a team to LA is stupid, no stadium, previous teams left, only makes sense to move Oakland.

  24. kc114 says: Apr 6, 2014 2:13 PM

    wny49er says:
    Apr 5, 2014 10:15 PM
    Jax, Stl or Oak would be the most logical teams who would moved to LA. But why put a team out there? Even when the Rams and Raided were winners nobody went. Host a few Super Bowl, but forget about a team. People of LA historically don’t care.
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    LA didn’t support the Rams and Raiders? Really? The Raiders had plenty of support in LA. They had crowds of over 90,000 for many games. It was the city of LA that didn’t want to fund the construction of luxury suites that made Al Davis move the Raiders back to Oakland.

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