Just like Bills fans everywhere, Mary Wilson was walking on air Monday.
Wilson couldn't help but reflect on what the end of the Bills' playoff drought would mean to her late husband, Bills founder and Hall of Fame owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr.
"Ralph would be over the moon," Mary Wilson said Monday from her Florida home. "He'd be so happy for the fans and for Buffalo. And with all the good things that are happening in Buffalo right now in the community, this puts an exclamation mark on it. I think this is a picture of the future for the organization."
"I just wish Ralph were here to see it," Wilson said. "I love the coach and the staff, and I'm so happy for the Pegulas."
Wilson was watching with trepidation as the clock wound down on the Bills' win over Miami and Cincinnati's eventual win over Baltimore, which clinched the Buffalo playoff spot.
"I was watching the game in my home and thinking even if they don't win this game they're a good team," she said. "It's going to be a great season next year. They're going in the right direction."
Wilson attended every Bills home game this season. The snow-covered win over the Colts was her favorite, in part because the players got to see the passion of the fans in such extreme weather conditions.
"I thought that game was so important for this team," she said. "It brought them together even more. When you go through an experience like that and the fans loved it and you win, it creates so much togetherness among the team. I heard some of the players were pushing cars, helping fans get out of the parking lot. How about that?"
Wilson plans to be in attendance in Jacksonville Sunday when the Bills visit the Jaguars.
"I will be there rooting the Bills on," she said. "I hope LeSean McCoy is OK."
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