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October 9, 1986
For signing quarterback Jim Kelly and paying him a record $8 million, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has been named recipient of the first Golden Toad Award, sponsored by International Dull Folks, Unlimited, of Rochester, N.Y. The award pays homage to "acts of supreme denseness perpetrated by public figures," said J.D. (Dull) Stewart, chairman of the bored.
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April 1, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Donald Trump could become an owner of the Buffalo Bills. A lot of things would have to happen first. First, the New York City businessman would have to join the group that he says has contacted him about possibly purchasing the NFL franchise. And then, of course, that group would actually have to buy the team. But that appears to be a long way away, if it happens at all. "People have actually talked to me about the Bills," Trump told WBEN radio in Buffalo, N.Y. "I mean, the group of people called me -- would I be interested in investing, and I'll take a look at it. I mean, I look at a lot of things.
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SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - The death this week of Ralph Wilson, founder and sole owner of the Buffalo Bills, was but half the heartache of the NFL franchise and its fans. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the Bills to four Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s, found out two weeks ago that the oral cancer he was originally diagnosed with in June has returned. His wife, Jill, wrote on her blog that "the cancer's back, aggressive, and starting to spread. " The 54-year-old Kelly, an icon in western New York, is hospitalized in Manhattan, and has been visited by a steady stream of Bills teammates.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - The death this week of Ralph Wilson, founder and sole owner of the Buffalo Bills, was but half the heartache of the NFL franchise and its fans. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the Bills to four Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s, found out two weeks ago that the oral cancer he was originally diagnosed with in June has returned. His wife, Jill, wrote on her blog that "the cancer's back, aggressive, and starting to spread. " The 54-year-old Kelly, an icon in western New York, is hospitalized in Manhattan, and has been visited by a steady stream of Bills teammates.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Donald Trump could become an owner of the Buffalo Bills. A lot of things would have to happen first. First, the New York City businessman would have to join the group that he says has contacted him about possibly purchasing the NFL franchise. And then, of course, that group would actually have to buy the team. But that appears to be a long way away, if it happens at all. "People have actually talked to me about the Bills," Trump told WBEN radio in Buffalo, N.Y. "I mean, the group of people called me -- would I be interested in investing, and I'll take a look at it. I mean, I look at a lot of things.
SPORTS
April 7, 1990 | MELVIN DURSLAG
On the morning it was announced that Jim Kelly had signed a seven-year contract with the Buffalo Bills for $20 million, the owner of the Bills, Ralph Wilson, followed his custom here of driving to 7-Eleven for coffee. It costs 69 cents, coming with the warranty, "It's fresh or it's free." Not wishing to offend the housekeeper, who also makes coffee, Wilson announces to her he is going to 7-Eleven only to pick up the newspapers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Ralph Wilson, who founded the Buffalo Bills with a $25,000 investment in 1959 and turned the team into western New York's defining institution, died Tuesday after years of failing health. He was 95. Wilson was surrounded by his family when he died at his home in Grosse Pointe, Mich. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed team owners of the news at the league's annual meetings in Orlando, Fla. Goodell called Wilson "a driving force in developing pro football into America's most popular sport" and "a trusted advisor to his fellow league owners and the commissioner.
SPORTS
August 9, 2009 | Associated Press
All that was missing were the chicken wings, because the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony had a distinct Buffalo flavor. Bills owner Ralph Wilson opened by loosening up the crowd with a few humorous anecdotes. And the chants of "Bruuuce!" resounded through Fawcett Stadium on Saturday night, even before former Bills defensive end Bruce Smith had taken the podium. And once he took the stage, the cheers didn't stop for the player who had a record 200 sacks. Smith acknowledged the fans -- a large contingent wearing Bills jerseys -- by saying, "This certainly feels like a home game."
SPORTS
October 27, 1995
LeRoy Irvin, a former Ram standout at defensive back, was one of 12 players nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Other first-time nominees were quarterback Tommy Kramer; running back Curt Warner; wide receivers Stanley Morgan, Mike Quick and J.T. Smith; offensive lineman Mike Webster; tight end Ozzie Newsome; defensive linemen Al "Bubba" Baker and Dan Hampton; linebacker Fredd Young; and defensive back Eric Wright.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Ralph Wilson, who founded the Buffalo Bills with a $25,000 investment in 1959 and turned the team into western New York's defining institution, died Tuesday after years of failing health. He was 95. Wilson was surrounded by his family when he died at his home in Grosse Pointe, Mich. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed team owners of the news at the league's annual meetings in Orlando, Fla. Goodell called Wilson "a driving force in developing pro football into America's most popular sport" and "a trusted advisor to his fellow league owners and the commissioner.
SPORTS
August 9, 2009 | Associated Press
All that was missing were the chicken wings, because the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony had a distinct Buffalo flavor. Bills owner Ralph Wilson opened by loosening up the crowd with a few humorous anecdotes. And the chants of "Bruuuce!" resounded through Fawcett Stadium on Saturday night, even before former Bills defensive end Bruce Smith had taken the podium. And once he took the stage, the cheers didn't stop for the player who had a record 200 sacks. Smith acknowledged the fans -- a large contingent wearing Bills jerseys -- by saying, "This certainly feels like a home game."
SPORTS
April 7, 1990 | MELVIN DURSLAG
On the morning it was announced that Jim Kelly had signed a seven-year contract with the Buffalo Bills for $20 million, the owner of the Bills, Ralph Wilson, followed his custom here of driving to 7-Eleven for coffee. It costs 69 cents, coming with the warranty, "It's fresh or it's free." Not wishing to offend the housekeeper, who also makes coffee, Wilson announces to her he is going to 7-Eleven only to pick up the newspapers.
SPORTS
October 9, 1986
For signing quarterback Jim Kelly and paying him a record $8 million, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has been named recipient of the first Golden Toad Award, sponsored by International Dull Folks, Unlimited, of Rochester, N.Y. The award pays homage to "acts of supreme denseness perpetrated by public figures," said J.D. (Dull) Stewart, chairman of the bored.
NEWS
February 1, 1993 | T.J. SIMERS
While the Bills roamed their locker room looking like a bunch of players who had been beaten, 52-17, team owner Ralph Wilson Jr. refused to accept a third consecutive Super Bowl loss as the end of the world. "The fact we got beat today is disappointing," he said, "but I'm not going outside the room here and slit my throat. "It's been a great season. I can't put the negatives on this thing like people might expect. I've had as much enjoyment out of this personally as any in the past."
SPORTS
May 15, 1989
Buffalo Bills' General Manager Bill Polian, whose astute trading and drafting helped the team to a 13-5 record and the AFC Championship game last season, has been given a three-year contract by team owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr.
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