Wilson’s induction speech reflects his humbleness

CANTON, Ohio — If you weren’t touched by the Hall of Fame acceptance speech delivered by Bills owner Ralph Wilson, I don’t know what you were watching.

It’s striking how much history this man has lived through and helped create. He attended his first professional football game in 1935, and at age 90, he remembered who played in it (Lions and Bears). He also served his country in the military, and he was humble and gentile despite all that he has accomplished.

The crowd’s reaction to Wilson was sincere and heartfelt. This man had a choice of five places to locate his AFL franchise, but he picked Buffalo, and a beautiful relationship was born.

Wilson’s speech was a tour de force on any level, let alone for a man who has seen and done all that he has. I feel privileged to have had a stage-side seat for it.

— Jason La Canfora

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