I have always been and will always be (unless they move to LA) a Buffalo Bills fan, and this week, our great owner Ralph Wilson, one of the original pioneers of the AFl and the AFL/NFL merger in 1970, passed away at the age of ninety-five.
Can’t even argue with you on this one. It may seem corny or lame for me to write about football and football culture here on my writing blog, but it’s a big part of my life, and the Buffalo Bills have been at the center of that. So, if you don’t like it … too bad.
Ralph Wilson was a kind, generous, patriotic, and loyal man, and his presence will be missed in the city of Buffalo and by all Buffalo Bills fans. It’s been a sad week for us, especially with our great face of the franchise, Jim Kelly, undergoing cancer treatment this week for an aggressive recurrence. We wish you well, Jim.
Below are a couple of videos that were when Ralph (one of a very owners inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame) was inducted. The first is famous sports writer, Chris Berman, doing a tribute to Ralph:
The second video is of Ralph Wilson’s acceptance speech. He’s a very old man, so be patient, but I thought it was a touching speech: