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Mr. Wilson honored war vet

Posted by Chris Brown on March 22, 2011 – 8:47 am

Bills Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson and four other NFL owners were recipients of the American Spirit Award by the National World War II museum last night in New Orleans.

Mr. Wilson was honored along with Saints owner Tom Benson, Titans owner Bud Adams, Lions owner William Clay Ford and Chargers owner Alex Spanos, who are all WWII veterans. Mr. Wilson served in the Navy.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune the museum is kicking off an initiative to tell the story of the role that football and the NFL played in the war effort. According to the museum, the NFL sold millions in war bonds, donated revenues from exhibition games to service charities and in some cases merged teams so that the game would go on, boosting the country’s morale


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