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.