Daughter of Bills’ owner Ralph Wilson Dies at 61.

lindabogdanIt’s a sad day in Buffalo. A spokesman for the Bills confirmed today that Linda Bogdan, vice president and assistant director of college and pro scouting for the Bills has died. She was 61.

Bogdan, the daughter of owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr., had been battling cancer and was the only active female scout in the NFL. She was with the Bills for 23 years and acted as corporate VP for 15.

Football was in Bogdan’s blood. She played touch football with her father and his friends and accompanied him to countless games. When her father bought the Bills in 1960 she went on sporatic scouting assignments and was officially onboard in 1986 when she told her father she was tired of “too many 2-14 seasons.” (A girl after my own heart)

Besides her father, Bogdan is survived by her two sisters; Christy Wilson Hoffman and Edith Wilson.

In honor of Bogdan’s love and devotion to this great team, let’s make this a winning season, for her! Let’s go Buff-a-lo!

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  1. Very sad, as Ralph (and the entire Wilson family) is a class act…..and unsettling in more ways than one: with Ralph approaching 91, Linda was our main hope for the Bills remaining in the Wilson family, as she was deeply involved in management. Daughter Christy is involved with Bills’ merchandising, but less likely (?) to take the reins like Linda (VP) certainly would have. This potential instability will likely fuel speculation of the Bills being sold and relocated sometime in the future. Let’s hope a local fan with means (Gollisano?) shows some interest in maintaining yet another pro team in Buffalo. Sincerest condolences to the Wilson family.

  2. My first Bills reader! =) Let’s hope this doesn’t increase our chances of being moved to Toronto. Tell Gollisano to talk to me about how we can help each other work this out!

  3. Sad about Ralph’s daughter, Linda….I hope Golisano steps in (or maybe a Jim Kelly/Golisano team)?!
    It would be horrible if they moved to Toronto (or anywhere else!)

  4. CowboysChick says:

    This is very sad. It’s amazing how much the owners and their families become part of the fabric of a team and are looked up to in their own right (we’ve got the Jones’s). And, that’s amazing she was the only female scout in the NFL. Interesting. Condolences to the Wilson family.

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