Longtime Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson dies at 95

  • Follow NFL

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

Wilson  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wilson

Bills president Russ Brandon 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.

Wilson died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., around 1:40 p.m., said Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the Wayne County medical examiner's office.

Wilson had been receiving in-home hospice care.

He had been in failing health for several years.

BILLS: Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to have surgery again following the recurrence of cancer that his wife described as aggressive and “starting to spread.”

Doctors for the 54-year-old former Buffalo star are leaning toward surgery Thursday or perhaps April 1 at a New York City hospital, brother Dan Kelly told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

NFL MEETINGS: League owners passed a rule Tuesday allowing referees to consult with director of officiating Dean Blandino and his staff to help determine whether a call should be upheld or overturned. NFL officials said the change should speed up the process.

Blandino and other staff will be monitoring the games from league offices in New York, and they will immediately begin reviewing challenges before the referee even gets to his monitor.

• Players no longer will be allowed to dunk the football over the crossbar of the goalposts in celebration.

JAGUARS: Were awarded third-year fullback Bradie Ewing off waivers from Atlanta.

GEORGIA: While the four players who were arrested last week continue to practice, any suspensions coming their way have still yet to be determined, coach Mark Richt said Tuesday night.

“Right now we’re allowing them to continue to work,” Richt said, “and when the discipline is laid out. …there’s some discipline taking place right now, early morning running, things of that nature. But there’s more to come. I’m just thinking it real good.”

Safety Tray Matthews, defensive end James DeLoach, defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor and receiver Uriah LeMay were each charged last week with multiple counts of theft by deception for “double-dipping” student tuition checks.

PLAYOFF SPONSOR: Dr. Pepper will be the first presenting sponsor of the new College Football Playoff championship trophy.

The four-team playoff will begin this season, replacing the Bowl Championship Series.

Dr. Pepper is the first corporate partner for the College Football Playoff championship. The deal is for six years.


Top headlines

Commission rejects tax jump

Seven commissioners nixed a proposed tax increase Monday that would cost a typical homeowner $70 a year, leaving the countywide millage unset with just a few days to meet state deadlines.
Search Augusta jobs