CANTON, OH. (WIVB) - It was a rare public appearance and a big donation from the owner of the Buffalo Bills. Ralph Wilson is leaving a legacy at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
At 93-years-old, he's the oldest owner in the NFL and doesn't get around like he used to. But with a little help, Ralph Wilson took part in cutting the ribbon on a new state-of-the-art addition to the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Ralph Wilson Junior Pro Football Research and Preservation Center.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, "The formation of what we enjoy today in the National Football League was built by men like Ralph Wilson."
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The big thing the center adds is controlled humidity and controlled temperature to better preserve the 20 million document pages and 3 million photographs at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It ensures future generations can learn about the beginnings of the sport Wilson helped build.
Eighty Hall of Fame players attended the ceremony, many of which lined up to say hello and thank Wilson.
Former Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas said, "Mr. Wilson has out did himself again. He's done what he wanted to do and preserve his legacy and he's done a great job with this building."
Many wondered if Wilson would be able to appear in person. But his wife says he's been doing well recently.
Mary Wilson noted, "He's doing great. He has a trainer. His trainer is with him right now. He walks with his walker. We used a wheelchair today because there's a lot of distance. But he talks to his coach every day. He still calls some shots."
At the end of his ten minute speech, Wilson thanked all the former players and wished luck to all the teams of the NFL.
"Hope that they have as great a time in the game - win or lose - as I have. Thank you fellows, all of you, so very, very much," Wilson stated.
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