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ORCHARD PARK, N. Dirk Nowitzki Jersey .Y. -- With hundreds of pictures and mementos on display honouring Buffalo Bills late owner Ralph Wilson, Bruce Smith couldnt resist bringing one more on Saturday. The Hall of Fame defensive end pulled out a photo taken the day he signed his rookie contract in 1985. The picture showed Wilson with his hands across his face as if he were praying. "He has that worried look on his face, like, Lord knows, I hope Im not wasting this draft pick on this chubby kid from Norfolk, Va.," Smith said, laughing. "I thought it would be befitting I brought this, and showed some of the players. And they got a big laugh out of it." "That," said Smith, who became the NFLs career leader in sacks, "is one of my special memories." There were many during a public remembrance celebrating the 95-year-old Hall of Fame owners life. With Frank Sinatra -- Wilsons favourite -- playing over the loudspeakers, and an array of photos, trophies and souvenirs spread throughout the teams practice facility, former and current players, employees and thousands of fans paid their respects to the teams founder, who died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., on March 25. "The Bills are more than just a football team. Theyre family," said Matt Guarino, a 20-year season-ticket holder. "So we came to pay our respects just like we would any friend and any family member." The remembrance took place a week after a private funeral service was held in Detroit. The mood on Saturday was festive. Under grey cloudy skies and with a cold brisk wind blowing off nearby Lake Erie, a long line of fans snaked into the parking lot once the doors opened. Many wore team jerseys and posed for pictures in front of the Wilson memorabilia. The displays circled the fieldhouse, and featured many significant moments of Wilsons life: From childhood pictures to the medals he earned serving in the Navy during World War II, and photos of Wilson with his fellow American Football League founding owners. There was a painting of Wilson watching the Bills 1993 Super Bowl loss. The franchises two AFL championship trophies were displayed, as was Wilsons Pro Football Hall of Fame bust and gold jacket. In the middle of the field, the Bills recreated the layout of Wilsons office. There was a team helmet on the coffee table, press releases on his desk, as well as a picture of him and his wife Mary. And Mary Wilson was on hand. Standing near a guestbook area, she greeted fans, shared stories, signed autographs and posed for pictures. "He was a great sportsman," Wilson told one fan. "He loved competition. And thats why we got along so well. I was like that, too." In a statement released by the team, she thanked people "for their tremendous outpouring of love for Ralph." "Before he passed, he told me that he wanted people to celebrate his life after he was gone. He wasnt big on tears," she said. "Ralph most likely would have offered a funny quip about todays event. But at the same time, he would have been profoundly touched by the fans outpouring of emotion." Mary Wilson has taken over as the Bills controlling owner, a role she will maintain until the franchise is sold. Ralph Wilson expressed no interest of leaving the team to his surviving family members. The sale could take place within a year, opening the possibility the Bills could relocate. "Keeping this team here meant a lot to me," said Rich Izydorczak, whos had season tickets for 41 years. "And I hope it stays this way for a long time to come." Kathleen Hubbard, a Bills cheerleader in the early 1970s, brought a picture of Wilson posing with her and other cheerleaders on the field. A business not far from the stadium flashed the message, "You will be missed Ralph Wilson Jr.," on its electronic sign. Former Bills tight end Kevin Everett, in Buffalo for another event, made sure to show up to honour Wilson. Everett has recovered since being nearly paralyzed after sustaining a severe neck injury during the 2007 season opener. Part of his recovery was aided by the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a foundation which Wilson supported with a $1 million donation before Everett was hurt. "I thank God for his work that everything paid off to help benefit one of his players," Everett said. "He has a big heart. I thank God for what he did." Cheap Mavericks Jerseys .A. Happs hold on a spot in the Blue Jays starting rotation is in question. Dennis Smith Jr. Jersey . However, the intensity and physicality that has characterized the postseason so far has caught Gretzky by surprise. "Its a little bit risqué right now," Gretzky told Philadelphia radio station 97. http://www.cheapmavericksjerseys.com/?ta...idd-jersey . Tyutin has missed the last nine games with an ankle injury which occurred while playing for Russia at the Olympics. The top-two defenceman has four goals and 20 assists, 30 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating in 53 games with Columbus this season.When former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen signed a five-year deal with Washington last Friday, it meant a new beginning for the Huskies. But more than that, Petersens departure also means the end of an era in college football. During his eight-year run on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium, nobody won more games than Petersen. His 92-12 record is unmatched from 2006 to 2013. He led the Broncos to five 12-win seasons, and took home five conference titles. Under Petersens tutelage, Boise State didnt just win; they went from mid-major, to BCS buster, to national power. Petersen announced Boise States arrival at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. In a game that included both a statue of liberty play, and a hook and ladder, and ended with a marriage proposal, BSU stunned Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime to cap an undefeated season. The Broncos became just the second non-AQ school to win a BCS bowl, and finished No. 5 in the AP Top 25. In 2009 “Coach P” did it again, leading Boise State to the Fiesta bowl, beating TCU to finish undefeated. Petersen also led Boise State to victories over national powers like Oregon, Virginia Tech, and Georgia. He led BSU to eight-straight bowl games and led them to respect from the college football elite. In the season following their 2010 Fiesta Bowl win, Boise State debuted at No. 3 in the AP Top 25, the highest pre-season ranking for a non-AQ school in the BCS era. That year the Broncos would peak at No. 2 and were a missed overtime field goal away from a possible national championship berth. During the Petersen era, Boise State moved from the now defunct WAC to the MWC. They helped the MWC secure a new television contract worth a reported $116 million, and guaranteed themselves three home games a year with a national television audience. All this at a school that recruits two-star athletes, plays in a tiny 37,000-seat stadium - 84th largest in the NCAA - and resides in the 120th largest media market in America. Washington wasnt the first AQ program to show interest; Petersens name was a constant in almost any discussion of head coaching vacancies. Arkansas, USC, UCLA, and Stanford all came calling at one time or another. But Petersen always stayed, content to lead his program and raise his family in isolated Boise. That changed this year. The Broncos won just eight games, the lowest win total of Petersens eight-year tenure. Rampant conference realignment left the MWC substantially weaker than it was when the BSU joined in 2011. And with the college football playoff coming, it should be harder than ever for schools from non-power conferences to crash the party. So Petersen heads to Washington, a school with a long, proud history. He heads to a school that beat him twice in his time in Idaho, and one that ranks third all-time in Rose Bowl appearances.Its fitting that the man who defined the term BCS buster moves on as the BCS as we know it gets busted up once and for all. Some other notes from around college football: -When Michiggan State upset Ohio State, talk immediately turned to Auburn and the National Championship. Wholesale Mavericks Jerseys. But lost in the BCS shuffle was how great the moment was for the Spartans. The last time MSU was in the Rose Bowl, 1988, most of the current Spartans hadnt even been born yet. After Oregons DeAnthony Thomas said the Rose Bowl was “not a big deal,” it was refreshing to see MSUs players acting excited to be heading to the grand-daddy of them all. -Despite stunning numbers, Fresno States Derek Carr didnt receive an invite to the Heisman ceremony on Saturday. Carr led FBS with 4,833 yards passing, and a ridiculous TD/INT ratio of 48/7. He also led the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record, and a win in the inaugural MWC championship. Brother of former first overall pick David Carr, Derek should take solace in the fact that he too should be a top-10 pick. -One of the strangest sights of the season had to be UCFs game against SMU last Saturday. With a blast of winter on the way, SMU officials offered free admission to Gerald Ford Stadium. But after temperatures dipped to -5 C at kickoff - the coldest home game in SMU history - almost nobody showed up. The announced attendance was 12,589, but the AP reports the actual crowd was less than 1,000, and the stadium looked empty on the broadcast. Tickets for No. 15 UCFs next game - the Fiesta Bowl - start at $95. -One head coach to watch in the crop of new hires is Wyomings Craig Bohl. Bohl comes to Laramie from North Dakota State, where he guided the Bisons for the last 11 seasons. Since 2010, NDSU is 40-2 under Bohl, and is coming off back-to-back FCS championships. The former Nebraska defensive coordinator will finish the FCS playoffs with NDSU before joining the Cowboys. -Another coach to follow will be opposite Bohl this weekend when North Dakota meets Coastal Carolina in the FCS quarterfinals. Joe Moglia is in his second season as head coach of the Chanticleers. Moglia is actually a multimillionaire, the former CEO of TD Ameritrade. After stepping down in 2008, Moglia became a sort of unpaid intern with Nebraska, shadowing Bo Pelini for two years. A brief stint in the now-defunct UFL later, and Moglia was hired at Coastal Carolina. Last season the Chanticleers went 8-5. This season the team from Myrtle Beach, SC is 12-2. -Former Sooners head coach Barry Switzer drew criticism back in November when he tweeted before Oklahomas game against Iowa State, “Since everyone beats ISU at home, I want to be the first to congratulate [Bob Stoops] on tying the record of 157 wins!” Well the three-time national champion was at it again before Saturdays game against Oklahoma State tweeting, “Sooners will ‘Hang Half a Hundred Saturday! Anyone want to bet Old Coach!!!!” OU didnt hang ‘half a hundred, but they did beat OSU for the 10th time in 11 meetings. No word yet if Switzer will tweet about a Sooners upset of Alabama before the Sugar bowl. Click here for the Dec. 12 podcast. ' ' '
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