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BDC 3/27: Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Obituary

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on March 27, 2014 – 9:33 am

— The Bills released the complete obituary of Bills owner and Hall of Famer Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., as approved by the Wilson family. Click here to read it.

— has compiled an in-depth 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. Click here to view it. 

— The Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to hold joint practice sessions pending League approval during the 2014 and 2015 Training Camp periods. Buffalo will travel to Latrobe, Pa. this year with the Steelers traveling to the Bills summer home in 2015. The dates and times of the team activities are dependent on the release of the NFL preseason schedule. 

Bills Hall of Fame Owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. passed away Tuesday at the age of 95. The team released his official obituary yesterday. Click here to read it.

Russ Brandon, Buffalo Bills President and CEO
On everything Mr. Wilson has done:
“Unbelievable what he has accomplished. Such an unbelievable day when he put on the yellow jacket and went into the Hall of Fame. I always said the only two things I wanted to see was Mr. Wilson put on that yellow jacket and hand him the Lombardi trophy. We’re still working on the second part obviously, but it is fitting that he is in the Hall of Fame for all of that he’s done for this organization, for this league and all he has meant to Western New York and the community.”

Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills Head Coach
On practicing against the Pittsburgh Steelers during training camp:
“It’s something that I’ve done before, it’s something that I truly like, I truly believe in it. We are looking for certain things and things that Coach Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers bring to the table that would help us.  I think there are things we can do that help them prepare for the season. We’ve talked about the schedule of what we’re going to do, when we practice together.  I think it could be a very good working relationship for both teams.”

Buffalo News-Taxes likely played a role in Wilson’s decisions about the Bills

Buffalo News- Charities laud Wilson for his generosity and concern for community

Buffalo News- Ralph the man was greater than Ralph the owner

Buffalo News- Doctor says Kelly’s cancer is ‘very treatable’

Buffalo News- Tailgate vigil for Ralph Wilson planned for Sunday

Rochester D&C- What does the future hold for the Buffalo Bills?

Rochester D&C- Duffy: Buffalo Bills’ lease ”buys us seven years” [

Rochester D&C- Ralph C. Wilson was a man of honor

Olean Times Herald- Some fond memories of the Bills’ late owner

Niagara Gazette- Wilson’s legacy includes Bills in Buffalo

Wellsville Daily Reporter- Wilson leaves huge hole in Buffalo sports

Corning Leader- Wilson – the person – was an admirably rare breed as an owner

Syracuse Post-Standard- In the end, the owner of far more Upstate than just the Buffalo Bills

Toronto Sun- Bills to stay in Buffalo until at least 2020

Toronto Globe & Mail- Toronto’s quest for NFL team strewn with obstacles

National Post- Ralph Wilson’s passing means chase for Bills franchise will soon commence

Los Angeles Times- Jim Kelly’s battle with cancer adds to anguish for Buffalo Bills

USA Today- Despite Ralph Wilson’s death, Bills not leaving Buffalo in near future

AP- Bills, Steelers ask NFL to approve joint practices

AP- Bills staying put for now following Wilson’s death

AP- No surgery for former Bills QB Kelly for cancer

AP- Bills fans to hold tailgate party in owner’s honor Ralph Wilson loved the community Bills planning summer practices with Steelers Bills players committed to cementing Wilson’s legacy Doug Whaley, Doug Marrone comment on the passing of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. WR Evans a big part of Manziel pro day Obituary: Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Jim Kelly to begin chemo and radiation in lieu of surgery

The John Murphy Show March 26

Update: Surgery canceled for Jim Kelly
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Bills, Steelers agree to hold joint practices
Bills GM Whaley, coach Marrone issue statements on Ralph Wilson
3/26 Booker Edgerson on WGR
3/26 Pete Metzelaars on WGR
3/26 Marv Levy on WGR
3/26 Bill Polian on WGR
3/26 Phil Hansen on WGR

Wife: Jim Kelly Won’t Get Surgery To Treat Cancer

Whaley and Marrone reflect on the passing of Ralph Wilson
Bills to have joint practice sessions with Steelers
Voice of the Bills: Ralph Wilson’s committment to Buffalo never wavered
Will the next Bills owner move the team?
No surgery for Jim Kelly, hospital calls his cancer “very treatable”

Remembering Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.: Obituary
Doug Whaley and Doug Marrone Statements on Mr. Wilson

Jim Kelly will not have surgery, will receive chemo
Legal Trust Now Presumed To Own Buffalo Bills

Bills and Steelers to hold joint practice sessions in training camp next two years

Bills staying put for now following Wilson’s death
Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly to undergo chemotherapy and radiation
Bills fans to hold tailgate party in owner’s honor

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Catching up with Jim RitcherBerman reflects on Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.Packers Pres. & CEO on Wilson’s visionSpiller catching passes from EJ in CaliEagles Chairman on loss of WilsonGoodell on Mr. Wilson’s legacyReport: Rams like odds of landing WR BrittJets owner first consulted with WilsonGregg Williams statement on Ralph WilsonReport: Rams sign Carrington

Buffalo News Press Coverage Blog
Jim Kelly will not have surgery; will treat cancer with chemotherapy and radiation
Bills, Steelers have agreed to joint practices for training camp
Statements from Doug Whaley and Doug Marrone on Ralph Wilson
Roger Goodell focuses on mourning Ralph Wilson, but acknowledges ‘we have to find a long-term solution’ for Bills
Doug Marrone mourns Ralph Wilson: ‘Who’s going to pick up that torch?’

Pro Football Talk
Bills, Steelers to hold joint training camp practices
Jim Kelly will have chemotherapy and radiation, not surgery
Goodell has not “focused” on future on Bills in wake of Wilson’s passing

Kryk Slants
Bills cannot be relocated before 2020 — the long-reported $400M buyout option does not exist

ESPN Buffalo Bills Blog
Bills, Steelers intend to hold joint practices
Wife: Kelly won’t get surgery to treat cancer
Bills’ future uncertain after Wilson’s death
Marrone, Whaley statements on Wilson
Statements, thoughts on Ralph Wilson
NFL Nation Buzz: Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Rumblings
Alex Carrington signs one-year deal with St. Louis Rams

AFC East Daily
Bills working out summer camp plans with Steelers

National Football Post
Bills, Steelers looking to hold joint practices
Bills coach, GM pay respects to Ralph Wilson

CBS Sports
Jim Kelly’s surgery canceled because it wouldn’t ‘eradicate’ his cancer
NFL would do well to heed lessons of Ralph Wilson, league’s old guard

All Sports WNY
Jim Kelly’s Surgey Postponed
Bills and Steelers to Hold Joint Practices
Bills GM Doug Whaley & Coach Doug Marrone Comment on Passing of Ralph Wilson
My Memories of “Ralph”

Good Night, Ralph…

Fox News
Jim Kelly’s toughest game: Fighting oral cancer

Jim Kelly will not have surgery, wife says

The Sports Xchange
Bills, Steelers agree to hold joint practices
Former Bills QB Kelly’s cancer surgery canceled

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