Yesterday, one of the founders of the AFL in 1960 and Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. passed at the age of 95.
He first entered the pro football world when he purchased a small share of the Detroit Lions and later joined Lamar Hunt and the other AFL owners.
The eight original AFL-teams were the Boston Patriots (New England), Buffalo Bills, Dallas Texans (Kansas City Chiefs) Denver Broncos, Houston Oilers (Tennessee Titans), Los Angeles Chargers (San Diego), New York Titans (NY Jets) and the Oakland Raiders.
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Ralph Wilson, the last of the original AFL owners, was in 2009 inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Where would football be today without mavericks like him?
"Today the NFL lost a legend with the passing of Ralph Wilson Jr. As one of the founding fathers of the American Football League, Ralph had a tremendous influence on the AFL-NFL merger and the ensuing growth and success of our sport. He was a pioneer who proved the market size does not determine the success of an NFL franchise, and he became a great leader for the city of Buffalo. We have learned a lot as NFL owners by watching and listening to Ralph. Our deepest sympathies are with his wife, Mary, and their daughters."
Zygi Wilf, Vikings owner
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R.I.P. Mr. Wilson