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Ralph C. Wilson Jr.

American football player from United States of America

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. (born October 17, 1918) is the founder, owner and president of NFL's Buffalo Bills. He was one of the founding owners of the American Football League, the league that the NFL merged with in 1970, and is the last of the original AFL owners still owning his team in its original city. He is the oldest owner in the National Football League, at age 93. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 8, 2009. Wilson grew up in Detroit, Michigan, graduated from the University of Virginia and attended the University of Michigan Law School. At the University of Virginia he joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He is a World War II veteran. After the war ended, he took over the successful insurance business of his father and invested in Michigan area mines and factories. He eventually purchased several manufacturing outlets, construction firms, and radio stations, and founded Ralph Wilson Industries. A minority owner of the Detroit Lions, Wilson got wind of Lamar Hunt's plans for a new league, the American Football League, to challenge the NFL. He tried to put together a team in Miami, but was turned down. His next choice was Buffalo. In September 1959,  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Ralph Cookerly Wilson Jr.,Ralph Wilson,Ralph Wilson Jr.
Date of birth
1918-10-17
Place of birth
Columbus
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Mary Wilson
Children
Linda Bogdan Edith Wilson Christy Wilson Hofmann
Profession
Businessperson

Education

Institution From To
University of Virginia

Athlete facts

Sports
American football

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