If someone in Buffalo hadn't looked at a calendar on Sunday, he or she might have thought it was fall.

That's because hundreds of Buffalo Bills fans donned team gear and showed up to a tailgate to honor the memory of Ralph Wilson Jr., the only owner in team history, who died on March 25. Grills were brought out, footballs were tossed and, yes, there was even some snow from the night before.

“This is the city in a nutshell,” Marc Deschamps, a season-ticket holder, told the Buffalo News. “Ralph Wilson died and Buffalo fans get together to celebrate his life. It’s a great way to remember him.”

The event was created and organized by a group of Bills fans and held in a lot behind the stadium named for Wilson. About 1,000 people showed up, including team CEO Russ Brandon. Brandon does not usually get the chance to tailgate with fans, and he was blown away by the love shown for his predecessor.

“The outpouring of support has been unbelievable. The tribute and response to Mr. Wilson’s legacy is incredible,” Brandon said. “Our fans are incredible and passionate, and it’s very therapeutic. I’ve had a smile on my face this entire time I’ve been here.”

Below are some photos from the event:





Wilson, who was 95 when he died, founded the team in 1959 with a $25,000 investment.

(H/T to The Buzzer)

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