Ralph Wilson, Buffalo Bills Owner, Hospitalized In Detroit
Ralph Wilson, the 93-year-old owner of the Buffalo Bills, was reportedly hospitalized Thursday, according to NFL.com.
While details regarding the incident remain scant, a team official with information on the situation says that Wilson has been listed in good condition.
“The reports that Mr. Wilson has been hospitalized are accurate,” the Bills said in a statement. “But Mr. Wilson is in good condition.”
Wilson, who has owned the Bills since their inception in 1959, struggled with balance in recent years and was also hospitalized in May 2011 after breaking his hip in a fall at his home. That injury caused him to miss all but one Bills game last season, an October game against the Jets.
SBNation reports that Wilson’s last public appearance came earlier this month at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canton, Ohio where a new research and preservation center was named in his honor.
During the event, the 93-year-old donated $2.5 million to have the 10,000-square-foot center built in order to preserve more than 20 million documents and three million photographic images.
Meanwhile the Bills completed their preseason schedule Thursday night in Detroit losing to the Lions, 38-32.
USA Today notes that the team is also in the middle of negotiations with Erie County to extend their lease — which ends in July 2013 — at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Though the Bills officials have maintained the team’s commitment to staying in Buffalo for the long term, there remain concerns of what happens to the franchise once Wilson passes away.
Ralph Wilson has previously said he has no intention to leave the team to his family and instead intends to have his heirs sell the franchise.