Wall of Fame tribute announced


The Buffalo Bills will honor the 28 distinguished members of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame in a special tribute during the September 15, 2013 home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium versus the Carolina Panthers. In a halftime ceremony, participating members will be presented with an honorary Wall of Fame blazer adorned with the official Wall of Fame logo to celebrate their many accomplishments and contributions to the Buffalo Bills organization.

"We have been looking to do something different with the Wall of Fame ceremony for the past couple of years that would be of interest to all of our fans," said Bills Senior VP of Communications, Scott Berchtold. "So with all the changes this year with our team, we thought this would be the perfect time for a celebration of our organization's highest honor. In doing so, we wanted to make a couple of updates to elements involved in the ceremony and so we have created a new logo and the Wall of Fame members will be presented with a custom-tailored navy blue sports coat. We believe the September 15th game that will feature the celebration will not only be a special day for our Wall of Famers, but certainly for our fans as well."

The Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame was created in 1980 to honor former players, administrators and coaches who have played significant roles in the team's history. To be eligible for induction, a player must have played with the Bills for at least three years and be retired from professional football, or have made outstanding contributions as an administrator or coach. Selections are made by a distinguished panel composed of club personnel and media members. Future members of the Wall of Fame will each receive the honorary blazer debuted at this year's tribute upon their induction.

The Wall of Fame tribute game will feature a keepsake giveaway for fans that highlights the achievements of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Famers. Fans can purchase tickets to the Wall of Fame tribute game and other 2013 Bills games online through buffalobills.com/tickets, by phone at 1-877-BB-TICKS (1-877-228-4257), or by visiting the Ralph Wilson Stadium Box Office.

Individual game tickets for the regular season opener against the New England Patriots (September 8) are sold out, but can be purchased as part of a season ticket package. Season tickets for 2013 remain on sale, and provide significant savings on individual game prices as well as exclusive benefits.

Complete list of Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame members:

2012 - Bill Polian
2011 - Phil Hansen
2010 - Booker Edgerson
2008 - Bruce Smith
2007 - Steve Tasker
2006 - Andre Reed
2005 - Thurman Thomas
2004 - Jim Ritcher
2003 - Darryl Talley
2002 - Kent Hull
2001 - Fred Smerlas
2001 - Jim Kelly
2000 - George Saimes
2000 - Bob Kalsu
1999 - Edward Abramoski
1998 - Robert James
1997 - Joe DeLamielleure
1996 - Marv Levy
1995 - Joe Ferguson
1994 - Mike Stratton
1993 - Elbert Dubenion
1992 - The 12th Man
1989 - Ralph C. Wilson Jr.
1988 - Billy Shaw
1987 - Tom Sestak
1985 - Patrick J. McGroder
1984 - Jack Kemp
1980 - O.J. Simpson

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