BREAKING: Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Has Died
Russ Brandon announces Ralph Wilson has died.
— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) March 25, 2014
Wilson, the Buffalo Bills founder and owner, has passed away at the age of 95. He was one of the original founders of the AFL which ended up merging with the NFL in 1970. He was the oldest owner in the league and after Bud Adams passed away last year, he became the longest tenured owner (54 years, Bills).
Wilson was inducted to the Pro FootballHall of Fame on August 8, 2009.
His Bills franchise was a two-time AFL champion in 1964 and 1965 as well as four-peating as the AFC champions from 1990 to 1993. The Bills also renamed their stadium from Rich Stadium to Ralph Wilson Stadium. The venue opened in 1973 and was renamed in 1998.
Wilson’s influence on the NFL and the Buffalo Bills franchise will be felt forever and his death represents a sad day for both football and the city of Buffalo.
Rest in Peace, Ralph Wilson.