With the passing of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and the battle against cancer being waged by Jim Kelly these are trying times for the collective Bills family.

Ralph Wilson’s contributions to Western New York will now be truly appreciated. Such is the way of the world. Men are often honored more by death than by life.

Wilson and Kelly forged a strong personal relationship over the years. Jim had an insiders view to Ralph Wilson that most could not share. Ralph Wilson had been very good to Jim over their many years, both as a player and as a man. Jim has shared some of that over the years and I know that has been one of the reasons why coming to Buffalo ended up being a blessing for Kelly.

Ralph Wilson’s passing now means that we will all finally find out who exactly is interested in buying the franchise. Ironically Jim Kelly is one of those interested parties and has been assured by Ralph Wilson that he would get his chance.

Personally I believe that those plans may have already been made and the ownership group has been in place awaiting the time when they could come forward. Men like Tom Golisano and Terry Pegula have publicly stated that they would be interested in keeping the team in Buffalo. Rock Star Bon Jovi has let his interest be known. Now the true players will come forward.

The Buffalo Bills are on the brink of a new era. One that could bring them to heights of glory or possibly an existence outside of this community. Regardless, Ralph Wilson was a man who made them a piece of the fabric of our lives for 55 years.


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