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George Wilson’s generosity was legendary

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 11, 2013 – 8:20 pm

The Bills football department had a difficult chore Monday, releasing veterans Nick Barnett and George Wilson. And Wilson will especially be missed because of his charitable works, and his generosity.

Wilson arrived in Buffalo in 2004 as a rookie free agent, after being released by the Lions. After going through a position change, from WR to the defensive backfield, he became a valuable starter.

But Wilson proved his value in the Community Relations Department right from the start. Gretchen Geitter, the Bills Vice President of Community Relations, talked about Wilson Monday night on The John Murphy Show.

She considered Wilson an honorary member of the Community Relations Department, for his work with the Play 60 initiative, the United Way, and other charitable endeavors.

And Geitter also told the story of Wilson picking up the tab for merchandise and apparel at the Bills Store one day.

“He’ll be mad at me for telling this story-and I’m OK with it. He was in the Bills Store picking up some things for his family or his friends and the place was full of people, fans, and everyone was enjoying getting to see him,” she said.

“When he cashed out, he turned in his credit card number and he said to everyone in the store, ‘I just want to thank everyone here for your support, for following the Bills and supporting the Bills. Everything you got right now, everyone in the store, I’ll pick up the tab, it’s all on me.’”

Geitter says Wilson was not interested in getting any publicity for himself.

“There was a TV reporter there in the Bills Store, who said, ‘Can I grab my camera and cover this story?’ And George said, No, I’d prefer that you didn’t. I just want to thank the fans for what they do for this team.’ That was George.”


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“The Senator” will be missed off-the-field

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 11, 2013 – 7:50 pm

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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The other Mario recruiters

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2012 – 11:56 am

There were a slew of people from the Bills family that participated in the recruitment of Mario Williams and his fiance’ Erin this week along with the likes of Jim Kelly.

Bills VP of Community Relations Gretchen Geitter and Brad Smith’s wife Rosalynn spent time with Mario’s fiance’ to bring her up to speed on the finer points of the Buffalo region to reassure her that an enjoyable lifestyle exists in Western New York. Williams’ fiance’ has spent her entire life in Houston, so delivering on that front was important in getting the Williams deal done as well.


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