Buffalo Bills news, 3/27: Ralph Wilson memories continue

Joe Robbins

While memories of Ralph Wilson continue to come in, the team is getting back to business.

In Memoriam: Ralph C. Wilson Jr. - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com

"Take a look back at the life of Bills Hall of Fame owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr., who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 95." Great video from the folks at BuffaloBills.com.

Obituary: Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. - BuffaloBills.com

"The complete obituary of Bills owner and Hall of Famer Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., as approved by the Wilson family."

Remembering Mr. Wilson

Ralph the man was greater than Ralph the owner - Sports - The Buffalo News
Bucky Gleason: "He was a great man who served his country and his community. He was brilliant in many ways. His quick wit was charming and clean and grandfatherly. But it will forever be difficult for me to agree that he was a "great" owner when too many examples showed otherwise."

Charities laud Wilson for his generosity and concern for community - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"A lot of what he did was behind the scenes," said Candace Johnson, deputy director at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. "He has given over $11 million to medical institutions, and Roswell Park was fortunate to get $2 million to fund innovative research projects as seed money. That was parlayed into another $10 million to $12 million for those projects."

Taxes likely played a role in Wilson’s decisions about the Bills - City & Region - The Buffalo News
A good explanation of why Ralph Wilson didn't sell the team while he was alive from a financial perspective. We can also assume other factors contributed.

Tailgate vigil for Ralph Wilson planned for Sunday - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"The gathering, arranged by the Bills Mafia fan club, is scheduled 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. near the stadium at 4170 Abbott Road, Orchard Park."

Duffy says stadium deal secures Bills in Buffalo for seven years - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"The Bills will be staying in Buffalo for at least seven years regardless of the ownership changes,’’ Duffy said Wednesday. "And the NFL was intimately involved with those negotiations,’’ he added of the talks that began in 2012 and concluded in early 2013.

Bulldog: the Bills are about my dad - WGR 550
"This is why I sometimes get emotional talking about the Bills. Their existence is more than wins and losses, triumph and heartbreak. The Bills are my childhood, a bond with my dad."

Pollock: Some fond memories of the Bills’ late owner - Olean Times Herald: Sports
Chuck Pollack shares some of his favorite stories.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Howard Simon: Ralph Wilson's Legacy
"There is no Super Bowl banner hanging at the stadium, named for the owner.  There were 37 non playoff seasons in Ralph Wilson's 54 years of ownership and the current 14 year playoff drought is the longest in franchise history.  But I've always believed that having a team, even one that's losing is better than not having a team at all.  For that we should thank Ralph Wilson and we can also hope his legacy will include having taken the steps to keep the team beyond his lifetime."

Free Agency

Inside The Bills | Ravens Harbaugh unhappy to lose Graham
"He was hugely valuable to us and we were very disappointed to lose him," said Harbaugh. "In the end I think we couldn’t really compete with Buffalo’s offer and the fact that he was going back home. That means a lot  to Corey and his family, going back to Buffalo.  But he’s a really good football player.  They paid him accordingly, and that’s rightly so."

Safety could be added role for Graham
"What’s interesting about him is he can play an outside corner and play it well. He can play nickel and start at nickel and that would be a good competition in there," said Marrone. "He’s also a physical player who had about 70 tackles and four fumble recoveries (last year) where he may be in the mix at the safety spot."

Inside The Bills | Report: Rams sign Carrington
"It’s reportedly a one-year deal, which comes as little surprise knowing that coming off the injury most NFL clubs usually don’t want to commit to more than a year, so Carrington will be working in a ‘prove it’ type year to earn a long term deal in the future."

More clicks

Jim Kelly to begin chemo and radiation in lieu of surgery - BuffaloBills.com
"Jim Kelly’s condition remains very treatable and potentially curable," Dr. Costantino said. "Our immediate focus is on controlling his pain and beginning the process of eradicating the cancer."

Inside The Bills | Spiller catching passes from EJ in Cali
"I feel good. I’m actually out here in California getting some throws in with EJ just trying to get some timing down," said Spiller.

Bills planning summer practices with Steelers - BuffaloBills.com
"We are looking for certain things and things that Coach Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers bring to the table that would help us," Marrone said. "I think there are things we can do that help them prepare for the season."

Steelers, Bills will share three training camp practices this year - Behind the Steel Curtain
"A few teams already do this, and the NFL still needs to grant permission for the clubs to have such interaction during training camp, but it seems like a win-win for both teams."

Duff's brings famous wings to Bills gamedays - BuffaloBills.com
"The Buffalo Bills have announced a multi-year partnership with Duff’s Famous Wings that will bring the Western New York staple to Ralph Wilson Stadium gamedays. Duff’s will serve boneless wings in their four branded concession stands, along with bone-in and boneless wings in the suites and clubs."

What are they now? Jim Ritcher - NFL.com
He is flying big-time airplanes. Check it out.

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