SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF BILLS OWNER RALPH WILSON JR.

 
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     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
    loss.”