After nine years with the Buffalo Bills, Safety George Wilson made a lot of friends. And many of his friends and fans got to know him thorugh his work in the community.
Wilson, released Monday by the Bills, was a two-time winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, for his work in the community. He had his own foundation, the “Safety Foundation,” but he also worked with the Bills in the NFL PLay 60 project, the United Way, and the American Red Cross activities.
The Bills Vice President of Community Relations, Gretchen Geitter, appeared on The John Murphy Show Monday night, and said Wilson will be missed in her department.
“We consider him an honorary member of our community relations department,” Geitter said. And she added that Wilson dove into the community work almost as soon as he arrived with the Bills in 2004, as a rookie free agent.
“He quickly took it upon himself to get actively involved and get actively involved in everything he did,” Geitter said.
“He was our Play 60 ambassador and was at almost all of our Play 60 activities. He was a national and local United Way spokesperson, and encouraged volunteerism. And several years ago he started his own foundation, the “Safety Foundation.” He got actively involved in different things here and in Paducah, Kentucky, his hometown. That really focused on youth, and mentoring youth, and giving them the skills and the opportunities they need to succeed. He was very focused on that.”
The entire interview with Gretchen Geitter is available at buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow.
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