Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr dead at age 95



One of the two men who had the courage, cognition and cachet to vote against Art Modell’s proposed move to Baltimore is no longer with us. Buffalo Bills founder, owner and stadium namesake Ralph Wilson, Jr., has died, team president Russ Brandon announced Tuesday at the NFL meetings. He was 95.

Wilson is credited with initiating talks in 1965 with Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom that led to the AFL-NFL merger as well as keeping the Bills in western New York despite multiple years of rumors of a potential relocation. He is one of the few owners to have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as he was enshrined in 2009, three years prior to the passing of the former Browns owner.

Wilson’s passing comes just weeks after the passing of Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford, Sr., who died March 9 at age 88. Another long-tenured owner, Bud Adams of the Tennessee Titans, passed away Oct. 21 at age 90.

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  • mgbode

    I will always respect the way that Ralph Wilson fought not only for us but for the smaller markets nationwide in CBA negotiations and relocation talks and how he fought to keep his team in Buffalo even if he ended up having to basically sell 1 home game a year to Toronto to do it.

  • nj0

    Makes me wonder what the future holds for the Bills in Buffalo. Glad Wilson was canny enough to keep them there until at least 2020.