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  • Bills owner Ralph Wilson gives his induction speech at the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement.

    Ralph Wilson was synonymous with the Buffalo Bills, from the beginning of the franchise to Tuesday, when Wilson died at age 95.

    Wilson was the last surviving member of the original American Football League owners, a group of eight innovators known as "The Foolish Club." He bought the Bills for $25,000 in 1959, and owned them for 54 years. In 2009, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wilson is credited with initiating AFL-NFL merger talks with Carroll Rosenbloom, then owner of the NFL’s Baltimore Colts, in January of 1965.

    In an obituary, Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan wrote that Wilson was the most influential sports figure in Western New York history, and that's tough to argue. The Bills' stadium is named after him.

    Bills president Russ Brandon announced Wilson's death on Tuesday.

    “No one loved the game of football more than Ralph Wilson,” Brandon said, according to the Buffalo News.

    Although the Bills never reached the NFL's peak by winning a Super Bowl, the

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  • ORLANDO, Fla. -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has a tough act to follow this season.

    Manning came up short in the Super Bowl, but finished with big regular season numbers. He set the NFL’s single-season passing-yard record with 5,477 yards, surpassing Drew Brees’ mark of 5,476 yards in 2011. Manning finished the regular season with 55 touchdown passes, also the most in a season in NFL history.

    In addition, Denver’s scored 606 points, which bested the 2007 New England Patriots (589) for most in NFL history. Denver (37.9 points per game) also had the second-highest scoring average of any NFL team, trailing only the 1950 Los Angeles Rams (38.8). Denver became the first team in NFL history to have five players score at least 10 touchdowns in the same season.

    Broncos coach John Fox declined to say if he thought Manning could repeat or exceed his 2013 performance, but expects his quarterback to play on a very high level this season.

    "If I could do that (predict Manning's

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  • First Jimmy Graham gets franchise tagged by the Saints as a tight end instead of a receiver this offseason, and now the NFL has taken his touchdown celebration away.

    The NFL has outlawed dunking over the goal post, a move first made popular by retired tight end Tony Gonzalez and carried on by Graham. During an interview on "The Dan Patrick Show," NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said that the touchdown celebration will be illegal now and will draw a penalty.

    And yes, it looks like the NFL is taking another fun thing out of its game. Gonzalez didn't understand it.

    Graham (who is in a contract dispute with the Saints because he thinks he should get the more lucrative receiver franchise tag, instead of being classified as a tight end) and Gonzalez did the dunk celebration as an ode to their basketball-playing days,

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  • The Cleveland Browns appear to be enjoying keeping everyone guessing as to their plans at quarterback.

    New head coach Mike Pettine kept the mystery train rolling with a few interesting possible red herrings as it relates to the draft. Pettine even said the Browns could draft two quarterbacks this year, a la the 2012 Washington Redskins with Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.

    In addition, Pettine was asked his thoughts about the draft's top quarterbacks. His quick takes:

    • On Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel: "a gifted playmaker."

    • On Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater: "extremely accurate, cerebral."

    • On Central Florida's Blake Bortles: "If you said, 'Draw me an NFL quarterback,' that's probably who you'd draw."

     • On Fresno State's Derek Carr, about whom Pettine appeared to have the strongest endorsement: "best natural thrower in draft."

    Pettine and

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  • Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has had a busy few days.

    On Monday, the team announced that he signed a contract extension, and the Ravens also were awarded four additional compensatory picks in the 2014 NFL draft, bringing their total to eight.

    Harbaugh sat down to talk Tuesday morning at the AFC coaches breakfast at the owners meetings in Orlando, Fla., and he covered a variety of topics.

    Ray Rice, the embattled running back who was seen on video dragging his unconscious fianceé out of an Atlantic City hotel, remains in good standing with the team even though Harbaugh admonished Rice's actions.

    "He will be part of our team," Harbaugh said. "He's a person of character. The thing that's really important is to be able to support the person without condoning the action. He makes a mistake. There's no justifying what happened. When you drink too much in public, those kind of things happen."

    Harbaugh then turned to Rice, the football player, and said he hopes to have his back

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