Buffalo Bills fans find perfect way to pay tribute to Ralph Wilson
The NFL lost a legend last week when Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson died at age 95.
On Sunday, hundreds of Bills fans found a perfect way to honor his life – a huge tailgate party outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The overnight snowfall didn’t stop the crowd from gathering in a muddy parking lot owned by Wings Flights of Hope and partying for hours, as if it were a Sunday during the fall.
Decked out in Bills colors and the usual outfits, the fans pulled out grills, sat in lawn chairs, drank beer and mingled - just as they do before a Bills game - as they remembered the man many credit with bringing football to Buffalo and keeping it here.
"This was a great way to come out and celebrate the man who brought us the Bills," said 28-year-old Katheryn Lanigan of Buffalo, who described herself as a lifelong Bills fan. "He’d want us to be out here celebrating, and not mourning him."
Here are some of the best images from the tailgate:
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