What Does the Future Hold for the Buffalo Bills?

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Sgt. Gaelen Lowers

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly in happier times.

The man, the myth, and the legend Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise, passed away on March 25th due to natural causes. With no heir to his “throne” this poses one question: what will happen to the Buffalo Bills?

Buffalo Bills fans are having a really rough offseason so far with Wilson’s death and beloved former quarterback and hall-of-famer Jim Kelly being readmitted to the hospital for aggressive oral cancer. As if the last decade of Kelly’s life hasn’t been hard enough–he had lost four Super Bowls in a row and then lost his son in 2005 to globoid-cell leukodystrophy( also known as Krabbe disease, a very rare thing).  Kelly’s doctors had first discovered the cancer on June third of last year and underwent treatment immediately. The original cancer diagnosis was squamous cell carcinoma, a kind of skin cancer, but his most recent surgery (last week) found Kelly having part of his jaw removed due the oral cancer.

As of now the trust set up to hold the team after Wilson’s death is supposed to sell the team to the highest bidder within two years. This leaves Bills fans with a odd feeling since they have had the same owner since 1959.  Whether the franchise would even stay in the Buffalo area is an open question, and considering the amount of public money that has been poured into the stadium that bears Ralph Wilson’s name, many people in Western New York are quite worried about what will happen.

The Bills are currently number 9 on the 2014 NFL draft order, which might help, but at this point, it seems that Bills fans just cannot catch a break.