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Rochester remembers Ralph Wilson

Rochester, N.Y. -- The death of Ralph Wilson Jr., the only owner in the 54-year history of the Buffalo Bills, has raised concerns about the future of the franchise.

In recent years, there has been talk about moving the team, but Wilson vowed to keep the Bills right where he founded the team in 1960.

He kept the Bills in Western New York when I know and he never would admit it, that he had options, said John Ditullio, radio host for Sports 1280 WHTK in Rochester. I think thats why people have tremendous sadness and now there is trepidation. What happens to this franchise now that Mr. Wilson is gone? Thats the question thats on everyones mind.

Wilson left behind his wife and two daughters, but he had said that his family doesnt want to take over the team and the Bills would be sold upon his death.

I know there are other buyers out there. I just hope it doesnt move to L.A. or Toronto, said Bills fan and University of Rochester football player Patrick Walch. Itd be huge for the city if we lost them.

It would be a devastating loss not only for the economy, but for the all of the football fans in Western New York.

You lose four Super Bowls in a row and you still sell out your stadium, youre a pretty loved team, Walch said.

Through it all -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- founder, Hall of Famer and owner, Wilson stayed loyal to his team up until his death Tuesday. Wilson died at his home outside Detroit at age 95.

Today is a sad day for the Bills and their fans," DiTullio said. "He has an amazing legacy. He was a vital part of the NFL and gave Upstate New York a chance to have an NFL team and take part in the fun.

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