Current and former Buffalo Bills have been all over the airwaves locally and nationally since word broke that team founder Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. had passed away at the age of 95. We've collected some of our favorite reactions here, but it is just the tip of the iceberg.
WGR 550 has done the lion's share of the work on the audio/visual front, talking to a host of current and former Bills on Tuesday and continuing that with nine consecutive hours of interviews and discussion on Wilson's legacy Wednesday. They have collected their audio clips in one spot, and we encourage you to go listen to Steve Tasker, Fred Jackson, Joe DeLamielluere and especially Darryl Talley over on WGR's website. They will be updating it throughout the day on Wednesday.
"As I sit here and think back, I remember first meeting him shortly before my press conference the day after the draft," said C.J. Spiller in a statement. "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."
Rest in peace to a great man. Can't thank him enough for the opportunity he has given me in Buffalo pic.twitter.com/0ShF2FKy7p— Eric Wood (@EWood70) March 25, 2014
Sad hearing of the passing of the great Mr. Ralph Wilson Jr. Forever indebted to him for all he has done for my family. A legendary man.— HiMom. (@StevieJohnson13) March 25, 2014
Jus heard the news of Mr. Ralph Wilson passing. Sending Thoughts and Prayers to the Wilson Family! I owe him a tremendous amount for— Fred Jackson (@Fred22Jackson) March 25, 2014
Opportunity to be a Bill! Mr. Wilson has done a lot for not only me and my teammates, but the entire NFL family. He truly will be missed!— Fred Jackson (@Fred22Jackson) March 25, 2014
RIP Mr. Wilson, thank you for allowing me to be part of such a great organization and team— Kraig Urbik (@kraigurbik) March 25, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with Mr Ralph Wilson Jr and his family.— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) March 25, 2014
I never had the honor of meeting Mr. Wilson but his impact on the game and the NFL will continue. He is irreplaceable to Western New York.— Dustin Hopkins (@Dahop5) March 25, 2014
RIP Mr. Ralph Wilson Jr. Thoughts and prayers are with your friends and family. Can't wait to rock the Ralph this season in your honor.— The Gilly Lock (@BumpNrunGilm0re) March 25, 2014
RIP Ralph, you made it all possible.— Duke Williams (@Duke27_) March 26, 2014
Thurman Thomas, Marv Levy, Bill Polian, Booker Edgerson, Joe Ferguson, Steve Tasker, Ruben Brown and Ed Rutkowski of the Bills Alumni Chapter share stories and memories of Mr. Wilson from throughout Bills history in this compilation post.
Talley said that - He never closed the windows - about Wilson in his suite, watching games, no matter the weather. I like it as a metaphor.— Mike Schopp (@Schopptalk) March 25, 2014
Ralph Wilson truly loved the game of football. I'm so glad he kept the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo. Thanks for the memories #RestInPeace— Fred Smerlas (@FredSmerlas) March 26, 2014
RIP Ralph Wilson Jr. Thank you for the opportunity that you gave myself and so many others guys that I consider my brothers. # pioneer— Marlon Kerner (@marlonkerner46) March 26, 2014
Mr. Wilson, true legend. Made things possible for the NFL. I remember you pulling me to the side saying,"You are great." Will be missed.— Shawn Nelson (@shawnnelson83) March 25, 2014
Sad day in Buffalo... praying for the family of Ralph Wilson and continuing to speak life over Jim Kelly...God has a plan. At times its hard— Leslie Mike Jasper (@BIGshadowMIKE) March 25, 2014
RIP Ralph Wilson. Thank you for the opportunity to play the game I love at it's highest level. I'll always... http://t.co/gqf8k0frDM— Kawika Mitchell (@KawikaMitchell) March 25, 2014
Want to send prayers out to Ralph Wilson and his family and thank him for the opportunity him and his organization gave me by drafting me— Kelvin Sheppard (@KelvinSheppard) March 25, 2014
My deepest condolence to the @buffalobills and the Wilson family on the passing of Mr. Wilson, he will be dearly missed.— London Fletcher (@LFletcher59) March 25, 2014
Ralph Wilson one of the best people I've ever had the opportunity to know. Regards to the Wilson and Bills families. pic.twitter.com/MdvZmm4wTR— James Lofton (@lofton80) March 25, 2014
God bless Mr. Ralph Wilson he awarded so many opportunities in his lifetime and we should all be thankful @buffalobills— Shawne Merriman (@shawnemerriman) March 25, 2014
Saddened to hear of the passing of Ralph Wilson. Great man. Proud to have played for his team. #bills— Drew Bledsoe (@DrewBledsoe) March 25, 2014
RIP Mr RALPH WILSON, I am grateful for the opportunity to have played for and met him. My prayers go out to his family n the city of Buffalo— Spencer Johnson (@Spencejohnson91) March 25, 2014
R.I.P mr. Wilson... Thank you doesn't describe how truly grateful I am for the opportunity you gave me to play a game I love. #Bills— jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) March 25, 2014
RIP Ralph Wilson... I remember him calling me the Great Wall of china haha #bills— Ed Wang (王凯) (@ewang77) March 25, 2014
I'd like to send my condolences to the Wilson family. Mr Ralph Wilson drafted me in the first round in 2006 and was always there for me...— DonteHitner (@DonteWhitner) March 25, 2014
He was a great man and loved the Coty of Buffalo. He will be missed! Rest in Peace Mr. Ralph Wilson— DonteHitner (@DonteWhitner) March 25, 2014
Thoughts & prayers go out to Ralph Wilson's family! Great man & thankful for the opportunity he gave me!— Arthur Moats (@dabody52) March 25, 2014