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Ralph WIlson's Hall of Fame Induction

Mar 25, 2014|

Ralph Wilson accepts induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Make a presentation for induction not a Pro Football Hall of Fame. Please watch Chris -- Ralph Wilson was gone through life not expecting anything. Trying to make good things happen -- not about himself and terrible beyond belief yet he -- and we want you know all about it sure. Ball potions and may want to. Government doing good things for people I would put that in that analyst Ralph Wilson. Hope gambled on the city of buffalo in 1959. And he is kept the bills in buffalo. -- in 2000. He understands. The passion of Western New York. Collar loyal and hard working. You don't yes from what we ask for just a little loyalty and give it right back -- I. Good two way street. Everyone in buffalo is being done. Today in the hall of fame. That's why she's so many people here understand where you're nice -- you're east with a standing buffalo you original bills. Problems getting this time because of everything. Those teams who -- in the sixties. When Jack Kemp quarterback. The big kid didn't make the most famous independent review the film much traction in the first -- championship game. What a way to keep going to. -- location you can 2000 yards. Purity to the bills. Go personal quarterback Joseph Cribbs running back -- really nice. And of course. Team that we'll never received anything. -- Wonderful players did a wonderful quote he's in the hall of -- -- -- -- -- a wonderful. President general manager. Those -- the -- We get all this happened because they had an owner that let the general manager -- the -- called for players. The owner. Provided them. Well according to themselves and look at me I'm. -- agree with the might. You've not heard that ever from Ralph Wilson. Every time I talk to Ralph Wilson about -- those guys wore a smile. We a lot of fundamentals. Those were days that -- -- Without the growth of the AFL and in the -- of the merger and then -- -- three NFL's. Growth would have been stunted. 1970 NFL nation -- why every part of the name. That the AFL -- explosions seven. NFL is greatest game though not quite what we -- the AFL and Ralph Wilson for that. Formalizes election all of -- made quite a while very few. Mark. -- -- I think what it means you. It's been one. No longer. Well -- -- -- Not that he did. Ladies and gentlemen. You present Ralph Wilson junior important appointment into the pro football hall of -- Please welcome break. Thank you very much. Mr. Wilson -- I think we have evolved a long game I think we do. 195950. Years ago the capital is coming off its first big moment the 58 championship game. The greatest game ever played. The league was on its way. Yet eight gentlemen decided. There were thrown for more pro football. In different places. A different sort of pro football. The American Football League. These days where do you look foolish club. One of these gentlemen set his sights -- -- -- fuel. Buffalo, New York. It was at that time. The nation's fourteenth largest metropolitan area it's people hard working. They were loyal. They'd be really good for him. And so began the Buffalo Bills in the American Football League thanks to one man. Rob Wilson junior. The AFL began and boy it was -- Throw it more often than we -- used below feel two point conversion was great. Soon. The bills would be the league's best. They drove the -- in the old rock pile better known as war memorial stadium. -- back to back AFL titles in 1964 in 1965. Their quarterback. Would become a major American statesman Jack camp. Hall of Famer Billy Jones do guard. The running back was a cookie. The wide receiver had golden wheels. Their defensive line dancing bear. Let's talk Tom -- -- -- linebacker Mike springer level the biggest hit in the history of the game but now. George -- was a gem at safety. Plume of water he was a classic in many ways as the water. Western New York was ecstatic. Deodorant that day in a row Wilson junior. But as the bills were winning there were bigger issue. Use -- as it could be AFL survive. Some teams were almost out of money. -- the league could not stay viable with eight clubs. It might go out of business. Rob Wilson junior lent the Oakland Raiders his competitors. 400000 dollars. So they can -- four. The first find your TV deal would maybe he would running out. Ralph traveled to the 1964. Winter Olympics it is for Austria. Hardly a hot bed for football why. To meet with the -- people. He got a wire from a fellow owner Billy Sullivan of the patriots great news. We've gotten an offer from NBC for 600000. Dollars a club. Mr. Wilson quickly wired back. Don't accept -- we can get more. And he got more. Of five year contract worth 900000. Dollars a team per season a monstrous sum in those days. The AFL was here today. And had the money to bid on players in the NFL know it. They instituted secret talks to set in motion the biggest -- -- pro football history the merger. Starting the ball rolling on the Tampa side. Little over a dozen meetings with the then owner of the Baltimore colts Carol Rosenblum was. Ralph Wilson who. The up front leaders of the NFL are already trying hearing came late Lamar Hunt. Now Davis. They certainly had to -- its stock up drove the merger from the AFL side. But they would have been the first to tell. A quiet force that never looked for headlines the man that just wanted to get it done. -- rob Wilson junior because as the established NFL quickly found now. If he gave you his word. Saw you need. Merger became reality in 1970. Just ten years after the AFL began played in the seventies. Pro football exploded the game and a great league -- Seventies saw no work stop to remember we had two of them in the age. An influential member of the owners labor committee in those days. Ralph Wilson June. All the bills had some teams back then you dissolve a little bit. The juice ran through holes opened up by fellow hall of Famer Joseph normal Lear and Reggie McKenzie. Quarterback Joseph Ferguson went from youngster to veteran. He's Joseph Krebs and company had buffalo back in the post season and nearly eight. But this was not. Like the late eighties and he early nineties. When the bills made it to four straight Super Bowl. Nobody had done it before. Nobody is gonna -- especially getting off the -- each time after losing the year before which such. Steely determination. To make it back that is Super Bowl oh what a group they have. Hall of fame coach Mark -- -- This president and GM and the business Bill Polian. Qualifier and hall of fame person John Butler. And the rest of their -- And players. You can always behind me tonight. -- So is there. Let's get into. -- didn't work still lives yet. I certainly don't players don't. -- well Steve tasker. Cornelius Bennett. Darryl Talley Shane commonly you don't want to. It's. 80008. Days breaking attendance records. Even with the NFL's second smallest market. The parking lot and Orchard Park was full of campers on Friday before all the Sunday game. And standing in the background of all this one -- Through at all. -- Wilson junior. He is not an owner that you see pacing the sidelines. Exhorting his team were exhorting the fans. All right I guess he had to come down on the field once he had -- they've renamed its stadium after him and someone had given the keys to the place. Now it 2000. Buffalo is far from the fourteenth largest metropolis in America these are certainly tough times in a lot of places. Certainly in Western New York get fifty years later. The bills still belonged to buffalo because. Your owner has given you his word. -- As he's given word so many times. In both the AFL and the NFL. You know that every time a franchise move has come operable. Ralph Wilson junior has voted against it every time. Every time. Because -- seeded team -- city and its fans. They haven't. Here we aren't you know -- Winning seasons. After the bills played their first Super Bowl. Fortieth season after the merger. 45 seasons. After the bills won their first championship. And fifty diseases at the AFL started play in what seemed like a wing and a prayer read. -- -- To -- -- gentleman ninety years ago. If it is true. That no one helped me out her -- okay. -- -- Sure those who. Mike the thinking oh yeah. I. Then you know that this thing is true. No -- has circled the wagons. Like the only owner the Buffalo Bills have ever had. Founding father of the AFL. A man who's served his country in the navy in World War II. The man I am honored. And humbled to present to you for enshrined. In the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mr. rob Wilson here. Word. -- I really appreciate it. Her for me to be here. I don't like -- my word. Pro football game. In 1935. -- Who -- there. Does that kind. I have never. -- book wolfman. -- I want away college. Navy. When it came back. I went to work. From my what. Everybody. At home we would go three. Pro football game. Go ahead. I'll look forward to hold. Hold people I have. This sale. And let me tell you. How I got into professional football. In the bowl in 1959. I've read in the paper. Where young Jack. Named Lamar. And love them. We're starting. A new professional football league. Lamar lived in Dallas when he couldn't get an expansion franchise. From the -- Story designers by a mile away. I have the man away. In Miami went through -- prospective sites. The favor. -- my home. -- a little Liam first. And he said well if you're ever -- You've got to get down there right away because there -- other people. Likewise been arrested. So I flew down the next day. And he granted me. The Miami -- And we both went down. -- Thursday bomber. And they regulate big Orange Bowl. Was the only place for played football and knows. The city -- Would not -- unduly. Leave the Orange Bowl. Because they had bad. A bad time. For the number of -- movie. That came before. So I flew home. Never got to run. About four or five days later I got a call from. And he said -- We need an -- franchise. The balanced out -- who -- For me to. The last. And I give me your joys of five different cities. Very good place for brand. And I picked bubble. -- -- the lucky there. They got over the years. They have reported. Third game in buffalo. Beyond. Green. It's important. I was the only -- And in the early days. And all of them that are brilliant if you break even. And I remember those stories. From Georgetown. -- -- -- They've played -- Wrigley Field. And he always -- Till this day linemen. In Asia and bill. The -- 34 ball. -- -- -- -- After it touched down. Or a field full. They -- love playing here. From time. We'll hopefully get the ball away. From the fans at every grade. The AFL. Part of the movie -- done. In nineteen -- We've played. Our first game -- old war memorial stadium downtown. We hear about 35. But -- -- Palin. The first occasion in the exhibition city. -- -- -- -- Now toward the end of the exhibition season. We were playing in New York. Tiger and. Then. Now all of the New York Jets. And my friends. In advance wolf -- Want to go down and talk to the team. Your -- Point one goes down. We can't feel any -- You know I'll leave. Game. Of the day. And I -- or ligament you know. We'll -- them. No there are being went down. And walked into the locker room. And there are head coach. Buster Ramsey. Let that. Expression on his face. What are you doing any error. I just wanted to talk that game buzzer. Go ahead talk -- And I gave that game. We'll most inspiring. -- -- There were reminiscent of maybe a group -- right knee preventive Lombardi. And we lost that game that they want her cell phone. -- error after about presented to me. They -- now next time. Talk to the other team. In the early 1960s. There was a battle going at all. For college player. And we heard a rumor. That the National Football League might -- -- Over you know. Avoided. Thought they were one of the New York. Well -- And myself. To talk to representative. The National Football League rehab from the big Carole Rome who. I thought they'd Carroll. Down Miami whether. At least ten or twelve time. And leaves out the parameters. How. A merger might take place. -- a lot of animosity between the way. At that time. Liverpool. All of television mind. What you of course would help the hallmark of. And I was very relaxed. -- Have a common ground. We were betting against each other for player. -- -- -- Didn't finalize. The merger. It merely happen forever. How long would take place. Eight days. Would play in our own league. For four year. And have a whole realignment. In 1970. Under the guidance of the then commissioner. People well. It was a great experience. We've played games. In the AFL. And in the end of the year. We've played the NFL. For the championship. The world of professional football league. Later in the old. And I credit the late Lamar. Later Norman -- provable. Tremendously. Through television. And is good and I'll. Very volatile. In the old days. San Diego. -- -- But it right. Pro football all over the country. People -- in New York. Because the way back into their big move only twelve feet. In the NFL. We have a manager who think that. -- In 1965. We've played. The San Diego Chargers. For the championship. From the -- you know. In San Diego. They had a great game. We -- do not as publicized as them. We had Billy hall a hall of fame. But the custom of the chargers in the old days. The place they can. In the end goal. And every time. The chargers would score a touchdown. There was an elderly man. The bonfire of the cam. We won the game. 43. I'm not put. Everybody while from the locker room players the coaches. Nice there in front of -- then. Law. In amazement. And I turned around. Tonight. This elderly man scoring again. The field. And he got right in front of our bench. Turn it around. So -- guy and -- Which only go to -- you. You can't see any war in football. There might -- your job. His third rail ride for me. And tonight they live or. Play. It's only player. -- -- My family. The bills family. Passionate -- man. The whole -- name border. And the role playing bad. We'll work -- hard. Make your. Weekend. Very pleasurable. Now hold. -- -- The host committee and can't -- Kyle. Reporting his game all. I want to thank all I go to war -- war won't hear from this community. That helped out and I am staying warm. Person. That's I've been here. Have heard the whole removed mom. They're very a lot of thank you. I had my. Late over. -- Then there. Worked for the bills. He was the only female job. In the league. And he was. We went big game together for many many years that -- could reach out. I know. Can we want to be here tonight. They care. -- hair days. Went from great football people. And the -- -- the warm. We never played the game. I've played them. -- -- -- -- When you go back deserve. You don't have to worry about the Iraq. Grows men. You go home alone they've groove and playing pool. And clothing. I have so appreciated. That recognition. And I must say. Hopeful. The -- -- morning. -- than 200000. People. My name both sides of the -- And the plane and impress people. We've won a whole lot. People sitting in the wheelchair. Breathing hockey you. An ideas book a month ago. This -- America. When people like that -- My line. -- And clothing and on 91. I still feel. Have you. A lifetime. And. -- -- -- Very much. Okay.

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