Ralph Wilson Jr., the 94-year-old owner of the Buffalo Bills, is doing well and working with a personal trainer at his suburban Detroit home, his wife said in Orchard Park Saturday.
“He’s an amazing individual, and he’ll probably outlive you,” Mary Wilson said, with a wink, as she answered a reporter’s question about her husband. “Ralph wants to talk football every day. We have great hopes for the team.”
In an interview with The News, Mary Wilson said her husband is walking with his walker.
“He’s doing great,” she said.
She said her husband worked out with his trainer Friday and the trainer was supposed to work with her husband again Saturday, noting that they have workout equipment in their home.
Mary Wilson was in Orchard Park on Saturday to accept an award for her work with the Western New York Girls in Sports program that she founded eight years ago. She said she spoke with her husband by phone just prior the ceremony Saturday.
“He said, ‘Honey, you do better without me.’ ” Mary Wilson said.
She also said she and her husband remain upbeat about the Bills.
“What we need is some luck,” she said. “We’re going in the right direction. Everyone knows we’re disappointed in certain (respects), but there are some positives.”
A frail-looking Ralph Wilson returned to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in early last August to dedicate the Ralph Wilson Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center facility that he funded with a $2.5 million donation. He was hospitalized briefly with what was believed to be an infection in early September.