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Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

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2009 Inductee

Career Highlights

Founder and original owner of the Buffalo Bills.

Won two American Football League Championships in 1964 and 1965.

Appeared in an unprecedented four consecutive Super Bowls in the 1990s under his leadership.

The impact Ralph Wilson, Jr. had on professional football culminated in 2009 with his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  

For starters, he was the only original AFL owner to keep his team in its originating city. The role he played in the AFL-NFL merger, his presence on nearly every NFL committee and his passion for the game as one who has always had the league's best interests at heart before his own team has led many to refer to him as the NFL's "voice of reason."

Under his direction as owner, the Bills won two AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965 and were the only AFL team to make the postseason in four consecutive years (1963-66). Later, his Bills would become the only team ever to win four consecutive AFC championships (1990-93) and appear in four straight Super Bowls.

He was honored with numerous awards, including the Pete Rozelle Award from the Touchdown Club in New Orleans, the NFL Alumni's "Order of the Leather Helmet" and the "Timmie" Award from the Touchdown Club of Washington D.C. In 2008, Mr. Wilson received the Maxwell Football Club's Francis J. (Reds) Bagnell Award for Contributions to the Game of Football and the inaugural Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football at the 101 Awards in Kansas City. At the turn of the century, The Buffalo News named Ralph Wilson, Jr. as the "Top Sports Figure" of the region in the past millennium.