Ralph Wilson

American football league owner (1918-2014)

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. (October 17, 1918 - March 25, 2014) was the founder and the owner of NFL's Buffalo Bills. The Ralph Wilson Stadium is named after him.

Wilson was born in Columbus, Ohio. He was raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Wilson studied at the University of Virginia and at the University of Michigan Law School.

He was one of the founding owners of the American Football League, the league that the NFL merged with in 1970, and was the last of the original AFL owners. At the time of his death he was the oldest owner in the National Football League, at age 95. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 8, 2009.

Wilson died in Grosse Pointe, Michigan from natural causes, aged 95.[1]


  1. "Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson dies at age 95". MSN.com. Retrieved March 25, 2014.