Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Honors 2014 Class
The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame inducted 12 new members for its 2014 class, including Channel 2 sportscaster Ed Kilgore, long-time Sabres equipment manager Robert "Rip" Simonick and Bills lineman Jim Ritcher.
"Words can't express how much we appreciate the honor," said Kilgore, who offered remarks on behalf of the 2014 class.
Kilgore began his Buffalo broadcasting career in 1973 and left Channel 2 in 2013. He covered the Bills, Sabres and more and authored a book about his time covering Buffalo Sports.
Simonick, who told stories Wednesday of baby sitting Marcus Foligno while his dad Mike was the Sabres' captain, has been with the Sabres' organization for 44 years, most of which are as equipment manager. At Lindy Ruff's final press conference, he said that there is not a person on Earth who wants the team to succeed more than Simonick.
"I'm the happiest guy on the road of any team of any trainer of any equipment manager," he said. "Buffalo has the best support on the road of any team. I don't know whether they are transplants or just love Buffalo. But it is an honor to be recognized by the city of Buffalo."
(Memoribilia from Rip)
Ritcher was humble is his comments following the presentation, crediting Ralph Wilson Jr., Bill Polian and Jim Kelly for the recognition he has received in Buffalo, which includes being a part of the Wall of Fame.
"The successful seasons we had, I think that's the reason," Ritcher said. "They forgot about all the years we were 2-14 and 4-12. I'm glad we were able to finish up my career with the four Super Bowls."
Here is the full list of inductees (click for bio)