By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

George Wilson – Signed by the Bills in 2005

Everyone loved George Wilson. Everyone loved his football story and his work in the community. Everyone in the media found excuses to talk to him for their reports. No wonder his nickname was “The Senator.”

Wilson was a very good player at Arkansas, but he was a receiver there. The Lions signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2004, but soon released him. The Bills added him to their practice squad. He got into three games in 2005, but didn’t catch any passes. It sure looked like his career was going nowhere.

But Wilson wouldn’t go away. He learned a new spot on the field – defensive back – and got nine starts in 2007. He was the primary strong safety in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Wilson was a captain of the team from 2008 on. The front office considered him an honorary member of the team’s community relations department, because he did so much charity work.

Wilson’s time with Buffalo ended in 2013 with his release. He played two more seasons with Tennessee before giving up football. George always will have a soft spot in the hearts of Bills’ fans for his good work here.

Here’s one of George’s favorite moments:

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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