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Ralph Wilson statement on today's passing of Larry Felser

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.


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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