Bills Players, Past and Present, Remember Ralph


Published 03/25 2014 11:23PM

Updated 03/25 2014 11:37PM

Many of the Bills' best players, both past and present, gathered at Ralph Wilson Stadium to discuss the man who the gave the building its name. 

Wilson passed away Tuesday at his home in Detroit at 95 years old. He was the patriarch of a great franchise and a father figure to many of its players. 

"I'm gonna miss him, without a doubt. He used to call me his favorite son," Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas said. "We used to always laugh and joke about that. When you have that type of relationship, it hits home." 

Like many a father, Wilson wasn't afraid to personally encourage his players. "When he'd stop at my locker, he always told me 'you're the guy who's not supposed to be here'," Fred Jackson said. "'Keep proving them wrong'. Little things like that, he tried to touch everybody. He tried to let him know what he was thinking about and that he knew who they were. Anytime you get a guy like that, you want to fight hard for him."

Wilson's influence was felt by every player to ever wear the standing buffalo on their helmet, from 1960 to 2014. 

"He has definitely had an effect on the alumni group here and I know we are the best alumni group in the league," Bills Wall of Famer Booker Edgerson said. "We are his children."

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