Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson is donating $2.5 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the “Future 50” Expansion and Renovation Project.
The donation is a great gesture by one of the great owners of the NFL.
Some may say that the move was just to help preserve his legacy now that he is enshrined in the Hall of Fame. That kind of thinking is far from the case.
“Pro football has been a major part of my life and the Pro Football Hall of Fame holds a special place in my heart since it is the institution that preserves the legacy of the sport,” said Wilson in a statement released by the Hall, according to Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News. “This gift will allow the Hall of Fame to significantly improve its ability to preserve the historic documents and artifacts of the game for the benefit of current and future generations of students, researchers, historians, the National Football League, its member clubs and our fans.”
For proof, one only has to go back to the 2006 labor dispute where Wilson stated that revenue sharing has been an integral part to the survival of the National Football League, as it has allowed small market teams compete with large market teams on a regular basis. Apparently, other NFL owners must have heard those remarks as there wasn’t even a whimper from large markets about sharing unshared revenue in the last labor dispute that is just ending.
Also, back in the AFL days Wilson was the one that kept the Oakland Raiders from collapsing in the 1960s. As well as turned down numerous offers to move the team.
In the end, let me ask you this outside of Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson, is there a Bills player and unrestricted free agent that really deserves monstrous amount of money that the top players in the NFL make?