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Remembering Ralph Wilson
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WBEN Extra: The Bills In Trust


So much of what happens to the Buffalo Bills after the death of owner Ralph Wilson, will be determined by terms of the trust that is believed to be owning and operating the team now.

PHOTOS: The Life of Ralph C. Wilson Jr.



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 Through The Years 

Over 50  photos including his 2009 induction into the Hall of Fame &  his time as President of the AFL in 1966.

What Now? Bills Stay Put For Now


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) -- Ralph Wilson fulfilled his vow in keeping the Bills in Buffalo during his lifetime.

Though they won't be leaving any time soon following the 95-year-old Pro Football Hall of Fame owner's death, their long-term future is in question.

 

Is Toronto Interested in the Bills?


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - When the Bills are finally sold, a Canadian report expects the bidders to include a group from Toronto.

Whaley, Marrone Issue Statements on Wilson's Passing


Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Bills have issued statements from both General Manager Doug Whaley and Head Coach Doug Marrone on the passing of owner Ralph Wilson.
 

VIDEO: Ralph Wilson's Induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame


Ralph Wilson Jr.Watch Highlights of Wilson's 2009 Induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and see how the hall covered his death.

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HEAR Ralph Wilson in his own words
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Wilson's 1984 Remarks at the Buffalo Bills Silver Anniversary | Previewing Super Bowl XXVIII with Greg Brown  | Hear his 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Speech
 

AUDIO: Players & More Share Memories



TEAMMATES
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Steve Tasker

Booker Edgerson
Thurman Thomas
Former Coach Marv Levy
Joe DeLamilleure
Ruben Brown
Fred Jackson
Former GM Bill Polian
  Exclusive WBEN Audio
On The WBEN Liveline with


WWJ Sports Anchor Tony Ortiz,
born in Buffalo, covered Wilson in Detroit
Bills Color Commentator Mark Kelso, former player
Bills Play-By-Play Man John Murphy
Eric "Hammer" Matwijow, Parking lot operator
throwing Memorial Tailgate
Financial Planner Tony Ogorek
on what could happen to his estate
Dr. Candace Johnson, Roswell Park Cancer Inst.

 Ralph Wilson Jr.Ralph Wilson Jr., the only owner the Buffalo Bills have ever had, has died at age 95.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: A Wilson Photo Album | His Life |  Now What for The Team ? | Remembrances

Bills President Russ Brandon  made the announcement at the league's winter meetings in Orlando on Tuesday. Wilson was 95.

Wilson died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, said Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the Wayne County medical examiner's office. "He had been receiving in-home hospice care." she said.  

Wilson had been in failing health for several years after having hip surgery in 2011. Though he spent much of his time at his home suburban Detroit, he was well enough to attend the Hall of Fame induction weekends over the past few years.

Wilson was the founder and sole owner of the Bills after establishing the team with the upstart American Football League in 1960. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2009.    READ MORE ON HIS LIFE HERE 


The Future of The Team

"I can't speculate what's going to happen in the future. But don't worry," Wilson said in 2008 only adding to the angst likely to build now after his death.  

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Wilson, Voice of the Smaller Markets


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - One of the biggest fears many Buffalo Bills fans have had through the years is that Buffalo is a "small market" and therefore has a difficult time supporting an NFL franchise.  Well that fear has been thrust to center stage following the passing of Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson.

WNY Reacts to the Passing of Ralph Wilson


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Though 95 years old, the death of Buffalo Bills Founder and Owner Ralph Wilson Jr. sent shockwaves through the Western New York community.

Obituary: Ralph Wilson Dies at 95


 Ralph Wilson Jr., the only owner the Buffalo Bills have ever had, has died at age 95.
Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon has told NFL owners that Bills owner Ralph Wilson has died.
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