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Wilson left mark at Fisher

by Patrice Walsh

Pittsford, N.Y. -- Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. Was a big supporter of St. John Fisher College, and not just because of football.

He moved Bills camp here in 2000, but also donated millions to the school. The School of Education and the athletic center bear his name, and college officials said he was dedicated to helping students through literacy and other programs.

Fisher Sports Management Department Chairman Todd Harrison said having Bills camp there has helped the school and community. He said he hopes that this doesn't change when the team is sold.

Harrison said by leaving the team in trust, Wilson kept the franchise intact and allowed time before it can be sold.

Though Bills fans and supporters worry new owners could come in and move the team out of Buffalo, Harrison said there are financial supporters willing to come in to buy the team and keep them in Buffalo.

He said Wilson could've sold the team years ago but was committed to keeping the Bills in Buffalo. Harrison said the league is also supportive of the team staying in Western New York.

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