Bills to Honor Ralph Wilson Jr. with Statue

One year to the day after Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. passed away, the Bills announced their plans to erect a statue of the team's founder. The statue may be ready by the fall, but it's still to be determined.

One year ago today, the founder of the Buffalo Bills, Ralph C. Wilson Jr., passed away. Terry and Kim Pegula, Buffalo's current owners, are going to make sure that the Hall of Fame owner's legacy lives on forever.

It was announced on Wednesday that the Bills are going to erect a bronze statue of Wilson and place it in the northwest corner of Ralph Wilson Stadium. This places the statue near the team's merchandise store.

Kim Pegula released the following statement today on the team's official website:

“Mr. Wilson was an icon in both the professional football world and in the Western New York community. This is our opportunity to honor his legacy and to allow our fans to share their gameday experience with the man who brought professional football to Buffalo.”

The Pegulas, Mary Wilson and Frank Cravotta all played a part in the design. Cravotta, the Pegula Sports and Entertainment Executive VP of Creative Services, has played a part in the French Connection statue and Tim Horton statue at the Harbor Center.

The statue of Wilson will be from a photograph that shows the late owner on the sidelines smiling with Thurman Thomas. Cravotta is hoping to have the statue ready for opening day this fall, but it's still to be determined if it will be ready by that date.

Mary Wilson also released a statement to on the statue.

“It just seems so fitting to honor Ralph with a statue in Founder’s Plaza where fans will have the opportunity to interact and pose for photos. Ralph was so approachable and he absolutely loved the fans and he would have been honored and humbled to stand among them for all-time,” said Mary Wilson. “I think everyone will appreciate the detail in the statue, even to the point that it replicates what Ralph wore to the stadium on game days, and I want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for honoring Ralph in this special way.”

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