Bosley didn't just play football in San Francisco. He also became an influential member of the community. He was a beloved civic figure and a true Renaissance Man. He was an influential fund-raiser for the arts and the San Francisco symphony. He was on the board of directors for the San Francisco Annex for the Cultural Arts and was on the mayor's committee for the city's Council for the Performing Arts. He served as a volunteer with the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Film Festival.
Respected by his peers in the NFL, he also served as a President of the NFL Alumni Association.
When we think of retiring numbers in our state, we naturally think Jerry West, Sam Huff, Hal Greer, Hot Rod Hundley and others. It might be time for WVU to think about retiring Bosley's 77.
In many ways, this farmer, athlete, scholar and man of the arts epitomizes much that is great about the people in our state. Sports editor Dave Beronio of the Valley Independent Press wrote this about Bosley:
"As a newsman of more than 40 years, I have found very few Bruce Bosleys, those willing to contribute and participate during and after their days as stars. It would be difficult for me to believe that I will see his equal again in our area."
That is pretty strong Bay Area praise for a one-time farm kid from Pocahontas County.
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