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Mar 26, 2014|

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A lot of bills has been stand on this cliff for a long time but for those of us who played forum and knew him. You know we're open -- never come. And now. A pretty sad I'm sad I am broken hearted over. It is easy guy not only had a great deal of affection for personally that a lot of respect for not owed a lot of my success professionally and personally to him. And this organization. And I never forgot that and I never will so. I'm gonna miss him greatly. As simple error franchise. Just seems. I think today's players to zero light -- what's the problem you've got. Yeah yeah he was. He was part of abused part of the deal when you're built here back in the early when that we're going to Super Bowl every year and on this home games -- come down the field every Thursday. Hum watches practice was kind of his have it come down and we make fun of and to see where these brown corduroy pants all week you know let's keep its Intel. And he would joke -- -- and you know only if it was -- it says a lot about him when he got to the point where we were so familiar with him. Did you allow us. To make fun of him and join in it in the joking and being part of -- locker room like that. You know he's just a hard guy not to have a lot of lot of affection for -- we had heard -- particularly when bill. Polian was the general manager when bill and route from bill always had he still does you -- -- have -- bill had a short fuse. Ralph had a shorter ones. And Ralph. For had a bigger explosion. So. It was fun to you know to hear -- The fallout once awhile in the and the things those guys would argue and bicker about and I was always big stuff and Bill Polian was a guy that. The players knew that once you're on this team Bill Polian would fight. Literally. Throw fists fourth. And Ralph. Was a guy. That. Was this and cut from the same cloth it was easy to be motivated to play hard for Ralph. And this organization and Bill -- Bet that -- front office people -- Ralph bill Marr the John Butler and -- was here it. It was a hard. Hard hit it they were special appears we were down in the locker room and that was that doesn't happen very often. Any particular. Moments your personal interaction. It was ground. -- One I'll always remember the -- and made it clear to me to me was my second game here was a road game in new England and I didn't know. Anything I was second year player. I've been Houston oiler for a year and a half and I had met mr. Adams Bud Adams the owner of the Reuters once briefly in -- in a reception line. And I thought that's kind of the way it was in the NFL and then I get picked up off waivers mid season by buffalo. This is right after mark got the job and it was -- for his first road game Marv Levy from march 2 game as a player and I've been here for about a week eight days. I was sitting in the locker room and my game pants and T -- getting ready to play. And now about two hours before game and this gentleman walked up these tax code tied trench coat -- and you know. Nice nice older guy came in today Steve -- -- -- -- Ralph Wilson -- wanna say welcome on board I hope it goes really well for you here. Good luck today hope hope you play well and I just wanna say welcome Alison thanks. And then I'd go over any -- mouse is say well who's this Ralph Wilson got him. Because what he owns the team. I'd be kidding me seems like a great happiness houses every true I mean what that's the only good yeah he's great. And from that moment on I knew it was going to be different here in buffalo than what than it had been. And and certainly that proved to be the case time. Idea. We what do you know it for all the things have happened to me personally my family. In Western New York. To say goodbye to a guy who had so much to do with how good it has been for me here my family. That's pretty difficult today. It right finally found his perspective we'll withdraw from Justin. Well that's the thing turned around took a lot of criticism here in buffalo when this team was -- for the -- against the dolphins and we couldn't get I couldn't get into the playoffs and he took a lot of heat because he wouldn't spend money that they all look forward did the things that people say about owners everywhere. Military it is the NFL is the 800 pound gorilla in professional sports leagues. And it's because a man like Ralph Wilson he's not the only one but he is certainly. That template for the kind of man and the kind of leader that has made the NFL. The institution. On the American landscape that it is. Yeah yeah. And I think if you -- Back in those days when we were winning games and. But occasionally. Occasionally when we went a big one. He was a break. To see. What it meant to him. He didn't even fake. His -- And he didn't put on. -- front -- happy it made him. He would make up any emotions. To make it look good for any media or any fans. When the bills won a big game. He was it was as if it was if he was the only thing. And sometimes. Sometimes in the dark days maybe he was. But. This teen mattered to him deeply for all the criticism. For all the things that I mean of all the bad years in the dark times in the back to back two and fourteen teams in this -- limitation and -- wasn't because he didn't -- he cared -- And I'll -- that. I'll never forget distort wait a couple of years ago people remember this. When the tech when the -- balloons hit the transformer -- -- the corner of the property in the lights went out in the stadium. You know some vendor that balloon gets a way it arcs across the blows the -- in the whole grid goes down. And when it happened -- it -- they came back on they went back off I think if I remember correctly and you know this is pretty frustrating for everybody and pretty soon people stirred you know turn -- look at their routes by -- He should I shoulder Ralph drugs -- as I knew they blame me eventually. Yeah well say he nobody signed up for. But he. There are using god that usually take that but he helped him through tough decisions and great leadership from. -- not only build this franchise into -- institute part of the fabric here and what did everything that is in Western New York. But this -- knows him and men like him a great debt of gratitude. And I am shocked that other sports leagues don't follow that template that these guys have laid out for the National Football League because. It is brilliant and it continues to be and I think of -- a legacy now that Ralph he's behind it. Others like him for the NFL -- its pioneering export. And it's still on the cutting edge as well so I think. That says a lot about the men who run it. Hey guys thanks for the.