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Ralph Wilson

American football league owner

Died when: 95 years 159 days (1145 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Ralph Wilson

Ralph Cookerly Wilson Jr. (October 17, 1918 – March 25, 2014) was an American businessman and sports executive.He was best known as the founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, a team in the National Football League (NFL).

He was one of the founding owners of the American Football League (AFL), the league with which the NFL merged in 1970, and was the last of the original AFL owners to own his team.

At the time of his death he was the oldest owner in the NFL, at age 95, and the third-longest tenured owner in NFL history (over 54 years, behind the 63 years George Halas owned the Chicago Bears and almost equal to the 55 years Art Rooney owned the Pittsburgh Steelers, although Rooney's ownership and team operations were interrupted in the 1940s due to some complicated dealings).

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

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