By Tim Graham
CANTON, Ohio -- Of all the displays I saw at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the one that struck me most Friday was in the showcase inside the new Ralph Wilson Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center.
The case is unassuming, a simple glass cabinet with seven items that should resonate with any Buffalo Bills fan.
Six of the pieces relate directly to the Bills: a vintage standing buffalo helmet with a single-bar facemask, Bruce Smith's red helmet, Billy Shaw's cleats, a program from the 1990 AFC Championship game and team-signed footballs from Buffalo's 1964 and 1965 AFL championship teams. The balls were donated to Milt Woodard, a former sportswriter who served as AFL president.
The seventh item was the most remarkable: a shadowbox of Wilson's eight World War II medals.