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:

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


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