Wilson legacy goes beyond stadium

In this Nov. 1, 2009, file photo, Buffalo Bills' owner Ralph Wilson Jr. holds up his Hall of Fame ring during a halftime NFL football ceremony against the Houston Texans in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bills owner Wilson Jr. has died at the age of 95. NFL.com says team president Russ Brandon announced his death at the league's annual meeting. (AP Photo/Dean Duprey, File)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The extended Buffalo Bills family in western New York and across the country is remembering Ralph Wilson, the beloved team owner whose legacy goes well beyond the stadium that bears his name.

Wilson is remembered for his kindness and generosity. Among the organizations he kept very close to his heart, Hospice Buffalo. Also, the medical research foundation, named after Mr. Wilson and his father, has helped countless patients over the years, including those with spinal cord injuries.

You may recall the rush to save the life of former Bills player Kevin Everett, who was badly hurt during the home opener in 2007. The innovative treatment used to help him, was directly connected to Wilson’s charity work.

Ralph Wilson also made sacrifices to serve his country. He spent five years in the United States Navy, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific regions during World War II.


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