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Buffalo Bills news, 3/26: remembering Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

Local columnists, former players, and coaches remember Ralph Wilson.

Streeter Lecka

R.I.P. Ralph Wilson - The MMQB
Peter King shares his recollections of times spent with Ralph Wilson.

Russ Brandon on the Passing of Ralph Wilson Jr. - VIDEO -
An obviously shaken Brandon breaks the news to reporters and answers a few questions about the man he talked to almost every day for 18 years.

At NFL meetings, owners mourn loss of one of their own - Sports - The Buffalo News
Tim Graham has the full story of how the news was delivered to Brandon, then Roger Goodell, then the rest of the NFL owners.

Ralph Wilson, founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, dies at 95 - Sports - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan's wonderful obituary talks about the man, the owner, and much more.

Leo Roth: Bills lost their biggest fan - Democrat and Chronicle
Roth shares great stories of Mr. Wilson laughing at his own jokes, his propensity to send a card or a letter, his induction into the Hall of Fame, and his love of the players.

Ralph Wilson Jr. 1918-2014 -
Photos from throughout his tenure as Bills owner.

Stories about Ralph, by some who knew him best -
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.

Father’s example inspired Wilson in football and business - Sports - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan's tribute includes stories of Wilson's father, how he landed in Buffalo, how he met his wife, what he did for the AFL, and how his teams went to four straight Super Bowls with behind-the-scenes access.

His loyalty to Buffalo crowned Wilson’s legacy - Sports - The Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan writes how much Wilson loved to be around his players, and how his players responded to that.

Ralph Wilson, a fan at heart - Sully on Sports - The Buffalo News
"He gave Buffalo a team to be proud of, and some lasting memories. I have to think he was at peace about that in the end. The most towering figure in Buffalo sports history is gone. Even the most conflicted fan must be feeling a profound sense of gratitude and loss."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Past And Present Share Their Thoughts On Wilson
WGR has collected all of their interviews about Ralph Wilson with current and former Bills in one place. As they continue interviewing people today from 6 AM to at least 9 PM, they are going to keep adding the audio here.

PFEIFFER: It was a pleasure, Ralph - Columns - Niagara Gazette
Rick Pfeiffer talks about Ralph Wilson "crashing" his wedding reception after a Bills preseason game. He admits televisions were set up in an adjoining room where guests could watch the game during the reception at the Buffalo Country Club.

Van Miller: Wilson was best owner in NFL |
Former News 4 Sports anchor and "Voice of the Buffalo Bills" Van Miller, upon hearing the news of Ralph Wilson’s death, reflects on the former Bills owner as "the best in the NFL."