SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF BILLS OWNER RALPH WILSON JR.
SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF
BILLS OWNER RALPH WILSON JR.
The New York State Senate passed a resolution today honoring the life
of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., who passed away this week.
As an original owner in the American Football League (AFL), Wilson
founded the Buffalo Bills franchise in 1959. Over the next 50-plus years,
Wilson was one of the most influential men in professional football and
played a vital role in some of the most important events in pro-football
history, including the NFL-AFL merger. Wilson was inducted into the Pro
Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Wilson also made significant contributions to the community by
establishing the Ralph Wilson Medical Research Foundation, procuring grants
for area athletic fields, working with food banks in Buffalo and Rochester,
and supporting many other local charitable organizations.
Senator Patrick Gallivan said: “Today we honor the legacy and life
of Ralph Wilson. We’ve heard of all his accomplishments and his
commitment to football and about his many acts of generosity. He was very
generous to organization after organization. The people in the community
didn’t always know about his contributions because he didn’t seek
recognition for his good works. Ralph Wilson lived the life of a good
citizen that we all strive to be. Western New York has suffered a great