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Ralph Wilson unable to attend today's Wall of Fame tribute

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson wanted to attend this afternoon's game.

The club is honoring its Wall of Fame, of which Wilson is a member. Eighteen honorees were present or represented by their families.

Wilson, however, was unable to come. He can't get around very well. His 95th birthday is next month.

Wilson attended the Pro Football Hall of Fame's golden anniversary celebration last month, but has attended only one Bills game over the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

There are five regular-season games left in the stadium that bears his name. The weather will get worse.

The Bills released a statement from Wilson:

"Today is a special day for our fans, our organization and certainly our Wall of Famers. I would enjoy nothing more than to be at the stadium to share in the celebration with everyone, but travel continues to be a challenge for me.

"With out Tribute to the Wall of Fame this weekend, we are honoring the best of the best in the history of our organization. The mere mention of their names conjures up so many great memories while acknowledging their special talents.

"I want to take this opportunity to, once again, thank each of our Wall of Fame members for their outstanding contributions and loyalty to the Buffalo Bills and for making professional football what it is today -- the greatest sport in the world. This certainly includes our tremendous fans for their boundless enthusiasm and unwavering loyalty over the years. Today's celebration shines a well-deserved light on their Wall of Fame honor as well.

"I sincerely hope that all members of the Wall of Fame and their families, along with Bills fans everywhere enjoy today's Tribute to the Wall of Fame ceremony. Go Bills!"

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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

Jay Skurski

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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