By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills have released a statement from owner Ralph Wilson on legendary Buffalo News columnist Larry Felser, who died today at 80:
"I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Larry Felser. Larry was there at the beginning of the American Football League and, along with fellow reporters such as Will McDonough and others, played an important role in the growth of our league.
"He was the consummate professional -- tough, but fair, and never one to shy away from clearly stating his opinion. I had tremendous respect for Larry, and we developed a deep friendship that lasted throughout our lifetimes. We shared some great laughs over the years and that's what I am remembering most today about Larry. I will truly miss him.
"My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his lovely wife, Beverly, and their family."
Felser spent 12 years at the Courier-Express before working 38 years for The Buffalo News and was a popular radio personality.
He served as president of the Pro Football Writers of America and was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.