WALL OF FAME

WALL OF FAME

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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, an individual must have played with the Bills for at least three years and be retired from professional football. Also eligible are other individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Bills, including administrators and coaches. Selections are made by a distinguished panel composed of club personnel and media members.

WALL OF FAME MEMBERS

2017 Cookie Gilchrist

2015 Lou Saban

2014 Van Miller

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

RALPH C. WILSON JR. STATUE

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The Bills announced in 2015 that the organization would commission a statue to be made of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. The statue is displayed outside of New Era Field in Founder's Plaza.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. passed away at the age of 95. Mr. Wilson was the sole owner of the Bills franchise for 54 seasons after purchasing the team on October 28, 1959. Under his leadership, the Bills won two American Football League Championships in 1964 and 1965 and appeared in an unprecedented four consecutive Super Bowls in the 1990s.

The construction of the statue was a collaborative effort between Terry and Kim Pegula and Mary Wilson. Founder's Plaza, the current location of the statue, is located northwest of The Bills Store at New Era Field.

Mr. Wilson's statue is the first statue in history to be displayed on the grounds of New Era Field. The life-size statue is based on a photo taken of Mr. Wilson with Thurman Thomas along the sidelines on October 21, 1990 during Buffalo's 30-27 victory over the New York Jets.

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