Buffalo Bills News - March 26, 2014

Marker Van Miller: Wilson was best owner in NFL [1:12 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Wilson was a founding owner in the AFL. Miller said he led the way for the AFL to merge with the NFL, creating the league we know today. And if he didn’t plant a team in Buffalo when he did, Miller said the economics of the league today would make it impossible to move one to the Queen City.'

Marker NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issues statement on passing of Bills owner [1:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Ralph Wilson was a driving force in developing pro football into America's most popular sport."'

Marker Statement on the passing of owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. [1:10 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: ''“I speak for everyone within the Bills organization when I say that we are all suffering a deep and profound sadness with the passing of our Hall of Fame owner Mr. Wilson," said Bills CEO and President Russ Brandon. "We have lost our founder, our mentor, our friend, and this is a very difficult time for us all. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Mary, his daughters Christy and Dee Dee (Edith), his niece Mary and his entire family."'

Marker Duff's brings famous wings to Bills gamedays [1:09 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have announced a multi-year partnership with Duff’s Famous Wings that will bring the Western New York staple to Ralph Wilson Stadium gamedays. Duff’s will serve boneless wings in their four branded concession stands, along with bone-in and boneless wings in the suites and clubs.'

Marker Safety could be added role for Graham [1:08 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“What’s interesting about him is he can play an outside corner and play it well. He can play nickel and start at nickel and that would be a good competition in there,” said Marrone. “He’s also a physical player who had about 70 tackles and four fumble recoveries (last year) where he may be in the mix at the safety spot.”'

Marker A Hall of Fame owner, Wilson passes at 95 [1:07 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“This incredible man was the personification of the Buffalo Bills. His life was grit, determination and resolve. He was bigger than life in many ways and yet he was the everyday man, driving his Ford Taurus to the local store and greeting everyone as they called out “Hi Ralph!” He will be greatly missed by those in our community whose lives he touched.”'

Marker The Pain of Losing [1:06 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Those years could allow Buffalo to work its magic on the new ownership – as we’ve seen, once you’re in Buffalo it’s hard to leave. This delay – the effective prohibition of an immediate sale and relocation – might be Wilson’s final brilliant strategic move and his final gift to the fans of Buffalo – with any luck Jim Kelly will be watching from the sidelines on game days.

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March 25, 2014

Marker Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly faces another battle with cancer [12:31 PM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'Kelly's wife, Jill, wrote on her personal blog last week that "the cancer’s back, aggressive, and starting to spread."'

Marker Daughter of legendary Bills QB Jim Kelly shares heartbreaking photos [12:30 PM]
New York Daily News reports: '"He's like come on, don't hang your heads," DiPaolo said. "Like you walk in the room and he's in a huddle and still commanding everyone and even if he's trying to rest his eyes, he knows you're there and he goes, 'Thanks for coming guys.' He's just a remarkable individual."'

Marker Thousands rally in support of Jim Kelly in his cancer battle [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There has been an outpouring of support from the NFL to the commissioner, to Mr. Wilson,” Dan Kelly added, referring to Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. “Peyton Manning, all of Jim’s friends among players and NFL management, they’ve all been texting and calling and offering their support. … What has been amazing is how we’ve heard from so many people Jim has touched over the years, including people who never met Jim, and we’re starting to feel that ripple effect from them.”'

Marker GM Whaley says Bills never tried to woo Vick [1:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In a wide-ranging interview Monday at the NFL's annual meeting, Bills general manager Doug Whaley said the team did not "venture" into the fight to land the free-agent quarterback.'

Marker Wife: Jim Kelly's cancer is spreading [1:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Jill Kelly wrote that Jim Kelly was tentatively due to undergo surgery in Manhattan on Thursday. According to Buffalo News 4, Jim Kelly was in and out of hospitals the past 10 days.'

Marker Compensatory picks announced, Bills don't get one [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With the finalization of the draft order, the Bills will now have selections 9, 41, 73, 109, 149, 185 and 224 in the 2014 NFL Draft.'

Marker Jim Kelly in NYC to undergo surgery for cancer recurrence [1:55 AM]
WIVB-AM reports: 'Kelly is said to be weak and “in bad shape.” He’s been in and out of hospitals for the past 10 days, but News 4 has learned that Kelly is scheduled to have surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan on Thursday because doctors wanted to see him immediately.'

Marker John Elway: Jim Kelly ''represents toughness'' [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“My thoughts and prayers go out to Jim and his family,” Elway told The John Murphy Show in Orlando. “I know what a tough guy he is, he’s proven that in his years in the NFL. Obviously, the last couple of years he’s been struggling with some of the health issues. Our hearts and prayers go out to him and hopefully everything works out for him.”'

March 24, 2014

Marker Dartmouth man wins NCAA Tournament Twitter bet with Brandon Spikes [1:59 AM]
New Bedford Standard Times reports: 'It all started a little after 7 p.m. when former Pats starter Brandon Spikes — who signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Buffalo Bills earlier this month — tweeted from his @BrandonSpikes51 account "UConn about to be trashed!! Watch."'

Marker Busy week awaits Bills personnel at NFL spring meetings [1:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'After the first two weeks of free agency, the NFL takes a break this week for the league’s three-day annual meeting. The sessions start Monday at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida.'

Marker 11 reactions to Bills moves in free agency [1:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Football pundits weigh in on the Bills offseason so far...'.

March 23, 2014

Marker Keeping the current PAT isn't automatic [1:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'About the only thing not on the table is blindfolding holders, kickers or both.'

March 22, 2014

Marker Teammates visit Jim Kelly, raise his spirits [1:59 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Kelly’s daughter, Erin, sent out the photo of the group on Twitter saying, “Once a team… Always a team. Ever since his teammates walked in the door he has been smiling and laughing!”'

Marker Free agent WR Kenny Britt visits with Bills [1:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A former first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans (2009) Britt (6-3, 223) appeared in 12 games last season catching 11 passes for 96 yards. Britt saw limited playing time for much of the 2013 season and was a healthy inactive for the Titans in three of their last four games. He also missed a Week 4 game against the Jets due to a fractured rib.'

Marker From one 12 to another: On beating cancer twice [1:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Jim and I had two different types of deals, but cancer scares you to death,” Ferguson said. “The first time you hear it it’s bad, but it goes through your mind when it happens the second time that you’re going to be dealing with it off and on for the rest of your life and that’s disappointing.”'

March 21, 2014

Marker LB Spikes striving to fit Pepper's mold [5:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I liked his style and his attitude and how he went about playing, but it wasn’t until his second year when we became fond of each other,” Johnson told Buffalobills.com. “He really did his background check on me and vice versa and I got to sit down and have conversations with him just talking football and his knowledge of the game and how much he wanted to know the history of the game.”'

Marker Bills fans express gratitude to man who kept team in town [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He brought pro football here and he kept it here,” said Kevin Widdowfield of Glenwood. “That didn’t happen in a lot of other cases. He could have chosen to move them somewhere else.”'

March 20, 2014

Marker Jim Kelly is an inspiration to the community [1:59 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Courage in the face of adversity. Unwillingness to admit defeat in the face of overwhelming odds. Optimism in the face of despair. Always looking out for everyone else, and putting yourself and your troubles last in line. These are great principles in sports, but they’re even more important in life in general. Kelly reminds us that you don’t have to be talented or famous to be a “hero” — just determined to do your best to do the right thing every day, no matter what the odds.'

Marker Bills' home-field shaped like a triangle [1:58 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '“Our focus is to make sure we really hone our skills in (Toronto and Rochester), along with obviously Buffalo,” said Russ Brandon, Bills president and CEO. “I feel we have a pretty good equation for success off the field, in the triangle of markets.”'

Marker Jim Kelly at ECMC as he continues battling second bout of cancer [1:57 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Inside his hospital room at ECMC, Kelly is constantly surrounded by friends, family and the many doctors trying to figure out where he should go from here. Kelly is asking for nothing more than prayers from his supporters.'

March 19, 2014

Marker Bills reach expansive even as local market shrinks [1:59 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The word “regional” is no accident: Nearly 15 percent of attendees to a home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium now come from Rochester, which has become a major base of sponsorships and other corporate support as well. About 17 percent come from Southern Ontario.'

Marker Cookie's legacy remains intact [1:58 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'But to find the greatest free agent signing in the history of the Buffalo Bills you have to go back to 1962.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have a shot at franchise offensive tackle with No. 9 pick [1:57 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: 'Buffalo is likely to choose between the offensive line trio of Auburn’s Greg Robinson, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, all of whom profile as top-10 picks.'

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