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Buffalo Bills fans, players pay tribute to late owner Ralph Wilson during public remembrance

  • Buffalo Bills hall of fame defensive end Bruce Smith answers questions from the media during a public memorial and remembrance being held inside the NFL football team's fieldhouse for Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, April 5, 2014. Wilson, the team's founder and sole owner, died March 25. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)

    Buffalo Bills hall of fame defensive end Bruce Smith answers questions from the media during a public memorial and remembrance being held inside the NFL football team's fieldhouse for Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, April 5, 2014. Wilson, the team's founder and sole owner, died March 25. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mary Wilson, center, shows her late husband's Hall of fame ring to Buffalo Bills fans Regina Moultrie, left, and Dennis Brown, of Buffalo, during a public memorial and remembrance being held inside the NFL football team's fieldhouse for Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, April 5, 2014. Wilson, the team's founder and sole owner, died March 25. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)

    Mary Wilson, center, shows her late husband's Hall of fame ring to Buffalo Bills fans Regina Moultrie, left, and Dennis Brown, of Buffalo, during a public memorial and remembrance being held inside the NFL football team's fieldhouse for Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, April 5, 2014. Wilson, the team's founder and sole owner, died March 25. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)  (The Associated Press)

  • Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood answers questions from the media during a public memorial and remembrance being held inside the NFL football team's fieldhouse for Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, April 5, 2014. Wilson, the team's founder and sole owner, died March 25. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)

    Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood answers questions from the media during a public memorial and remembrance being held inside the NFL football team's fieldhouse for Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, April 5, 2014. Wilson, the team's founder and sole owner, died March 25. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)  (The Associated Press)

With hundreds of pictures and mementos spread throughout the Buffalo Bills fieldhouse honoring late owner Ralph Wilson, Bruce Smith couldn't resist bringing one more.

The Hall of Fame defensive end pulled out a photo taken the day he signed his rookie contract in 1985. It showed Wilson with his hands across his face as if he were praying.

Smith called the picture one of his "special memories."

There were many to go around Saturday, during a public remembrance celebrating Wilson's life and legacy.

With Frank Sinatra — Wilson's favorite — playing over the loudspeaker, and an array of photos, trophies and souvenirs on display, Bills former and current players, employees and thousands of fans paid their respects to the team's founder, who died on March 25.

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