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It's Ralph Wilson's Birthday today!




I haven't seen an article on this yet. Now I'm not sure if it's because there is one planned but I figured I might was well write one up. It'll be a nice break from other subjects like injuries or Ryan Fitzpatrick now being a franchise QB. For this article I'm going to give a little back story about Ralph Wilson and hopefully someone will learn something new today.

Ralph Wilson was born on October 17th, 1918. Today he turns 94 years old. That is quite a number to be sure. He was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from the University of Virginia and then went to law school in Michigan. During my research of him I learned he was also a World War 2 vet which I did not know before. Before he founded the Bills, Wilson was a minority owner of the Detroit Lions. When he found out that Lamar Hunt was forming the American Football League to challenge the NFL, he immediately became interested. He first tried to start a team in Miami but he was turned down. He then went with his second choice with the city of Buffalo. He named them after the AAFC team, the Buffalo Bills. Wilson was one of the only financially stable owners in the AFL. He once lent the Oakland Raiders $400,000 and was even willing to loan money to then New England owner Billy Sullivan. Another little known fact is that Wilson lobbied and succeeded in postponing games on the Sunday of President John F Kennedy's assassination. Those are just some of the accomplishments Ralph Wilson has done in regards to football. I guess we should thank Miami for turning him down, or else we wouldn't even be on this great site today. So again, Happy Birthday Mr Wilson and thanks for giving us the Buffalo Bills.

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