Buffalo Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson has died, team president/CEO Russ Brandon announced Tuesday at the NFL meetings. He was 95.
A co-founder of the American Football League, Wilson is credited with initiating talks in 1965 with Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom that led to the AFL-NFL merger.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
"He passed away peacefully, with his beautiful wife Mary and his daughters by his side," Brandon said. "No one loved this league more than Ralph Wilson, and his fellow owners and his players. Obviously trying to deal with this information, it's very difficult at this time."