March 25, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will be honored with a life-sized statue erected at the stadium that bears his name.

The decision to commemorate the team's founder and Pro Football Hall of Famer member was the brainchild of new Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and Wilson's widow, Mary, the team announced Wednesday. The statue will serve as a centerpiece in a newly established Founder's Plaza at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The announcement was made exactly a year after Wilson's death. His estate eventually sold the franchise to the Pegulas in October.

Kim Pegula referred to Wilson as an ''icon'' in saying the statue will honor the legacy of the man who established the Bills in Buffalo as part of the American Football League in 1959.

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