Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Dead At 95, Fans Mourns His Passing


Ralph Wilson Dead At 95

Ralph Cookerly Wilson Jr., the 95-year-old owner of the Buffalo Bills, has passed away. His passing was announced by Bills President Russ Brandon.

Wilson is one of the most beloved figures in New York sports. While he didn’t found the team, he spent years fighting to keep the Bills in Buffalo. Wilson brought the team to Buffalo in 1959 alongside eight businessmen led by Texas oilman Lamar Hunt.

Wilson paid just $25,000 to take an ownership stake in the American Football League club. At the time the National Football League was dominating the professional landscape and the payment was considered a risk. That investment today is worth more than $870 million.

In 1997 Ralph Wilson signed a 15-year lease to keep Buffalo in Orchard Park. At the time of the signing he said it was the “passion of the fans” that has allowed the team to remain in the area.

Fans of the franchise and Wilson immediately shared their condolences on Twitter:

Buffalo Bills Post A Final Twitter Farewell For Ralph Wilson

Fans Share Some Of Their Fondest Memories

https://twitter.com/RepChrisCollins/status/448540484659847168

NFL Players Share Their Condolences For Ralph Wilson

Announcers And Networks Remember Ralph Wilson

Here is the official tweet sent from Russ Brandon which announced Wilson’s passing:

https://twitter.com/RussBrandon/status/444629565290598400

Are you a fan of the Buffalo Bills and Ralph Wilson?

 

 


James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.

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