SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF BILLS OWNER RALPH WILSON JR. The New York State Senate passed a resolution today honoring the lifeof Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., who passed away this week. As an original owner in the American Football League (AFL), Wilsonfounded the Buffalo Bills franchise in 1959. Over the next 50-plus years,Wilson was one of the most influential men in professional football andplayed a vital role in some of the most important events in pro-footballhistory, including the NFL-AFL merger. Wilson was inducted into the ProFootball Hall of Fame in 2009. Wilson also made significant contributions to the community byestablishing the Ralph Wilson Medical Research Foundation, procuring grantsfor 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 lifeof Ralph Wilson. We’ve heard of all his accomplishments and hiscommitment to football and about his many acts of generosity. He was verygenerous to organization after organization. The people in the communitydidn’t always know about his contributions because he didn’t seekrecognition for his good works. Ralph Wilson lived the life of a goodcitizen that we all strive to be. Western New York has suffered a greatloss.”