Mary Wilson Becomes Controlling Owner of Buffalo Bills

April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 11:15 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 11:15 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) - Following the passing of founder and sole-owner Ralph Wilson, Jr., the Buffalo Bills have announced that his wife Mary has become controlling owner of the team.

The team released a statement Thursday afternoon, stating:

"A process will be established at an appropriate time for the sale of the franchise. This process will ensure that the club complies and is faithful to NFL rules and to its obligations to New York State and Erie County. We plan to have detailed discussions with the NFL, the State and County, and others as we determine the timing and structure of any sales process."

“I have complete confidence in Russ Brandon, our President and CEO, to continue his duties of running the organization," said Mary. "General Manager Doug Whaley and Head Coach Doug Marrone remain empowered by Russ to run the football operation.”

Ralph Wilson, Jr. died last Tuesday at his Michigan home at the age of 95.