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Ralph Wilson, Buffalo Bills owner who helped found AFL, push merger with NFL

Ralph Wilson, the only owner in the Buffalo Bills’ history, was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Ralph Wilson, the only owner in the Buffalo Bills’ history, was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.Scott Audette/Reuters

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BUFFALO — Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, who helped found the American Football League in 1960, died at his home on Tuesday afternoon. He was 95.

Bills president Russ made the announcement at the NFL winter meetings in Orlando.

Wilson was the founder and sole owner of the Bills after establishing the team with the upstart AFL in 1960. He played a key role in the league merger’s with the NFL. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

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