The Buffallo Bills today announced the sad news that founder and owner of the franchise, Ralph Wilson has passed away aged 95.
Wilson founded the franchise as an American Football League team in 1959 and went on to become one of the most legendary owners in the history of the National Football league after having helped negotiate the merger:
"No one loved the game of football more than Ralph Wilson," Bills CEO, Russ Brandon, said today.
"He passed away peacefully at his home with his beautiful wife, Mary, and his daughters by his side," continued Brandon.
While Wilson never saw his team capture the Super Bowl during his time as owner, the team did bring him success, most notably with four consecutive AFC titles between 1990-1993.
Wilson was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009 and was a hugely respected, and well liked figure in the NFL:
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of the great Ralph Wilson. All of us have lost an NFL legend whose passion for his team was inspiring," said Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also paid his respect:
'His legacy is great.
"He led a good life, made his mark. He was somebody very well respected."
The Bills made the announcement at the NFL's winter meetings in Orlando Florida Tuesday.
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