All of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame members will be remembered when the Buffalo Bills Alumni holds its annual Weekend of Events starting Saturday.
Twenty-eight Wall of Famers, including the team’s 12th Man, have received the honor and several will be on hand at Saturday’s VIP Gala at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls. Deceased Wall of Famers Pat McGroder, Bob Kalsu and Kent Hull will be represented by family members at the weekend events. Kent Hull’s widow, Kay, McGroder’s son, Patrick III, and Kalsu’s wife Janice, his daughter, Jill, and son, Robert Jr., will attend.
The weekend also will include a VIP Tailgate Party at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday and the Celebrity Charity Golf Classic at Hickory Stick in Lewiston on Monday.
Kalsu, the Bills’ starting right guard as a rookie in 1968, was the only NFL player killed in the Vietnam War. Robert Jr. was born two days after his father died in combat with the Army.
“It will be quite emotional when the three of them walk out on stage at the VIP Gala to accept the Wall of Fame jacket for their fallen hero, 43 years later,” said Joe Ciffa, the events manager for the Bills Alumni.
Among the Wall of Famers who will attend are: Mike Stratton, Joe Ferguson, Robert James, Fred Smerlas, Bill Polian, Ed Abramoski, Phil Hanson, Joe DeLamielleure, Jim Ritcher, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and Booker Edgerson. More than 50 other former Bills players are expected back for the weekend.
There will be a special presentation in recognition of Joe DeLamielleure’s “Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics” walk from Ralph Wilson Stadium to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. “Grace’s Lamp” founder Grace Funderburk and her son, Joey, will be present.
A hundred memorabilia and other items will be presented at a silent auction and there will be 12 items available in a live auction.