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NFL notebook: Original owner of Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson, dies at 95

Associated Press Ralph Wilson, who founded the Buffalo Bills as an original member of the American Football League in 1960 and saw them go to four Super Bowls as the only owner in the team’s history, died Tuesday at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. He was 95. When Wilson obtained an AFL franchise for $25,000 in 1960, he joined seven other founding AFL team owners in a daunting challenge to the long-established NFL. They were nicknamed the Foolish Club. He was the last member of that “club” who remained active in the NFL. Of the original eight, only Barron Hilton, founder of the Chargers, survives. The AFL had a rocky financial start, but it ultimately thrived, and Wilson played a leading role in talks that led to its merger with the NFL in 1970. His Bills won two AFL championships and played in four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s, but lost each time. Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. When Wilson, a Michigan businessman, applied for an AFL franchise, he wanted to be in Miami but couldn’t reach a deal to use the Orange Bowl. He settled on Buffalo.

Kelly battling cancer

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 Bills star are leaning toward surgery Thursday or April 1 at a New York City hospital, brother Dan Kelly said.

Around the league

The brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams turned himself in after authorities say he stabbed Williams in the leg. Eric Baylor, 23, was charged with aggravated battery domestic violence and held on $1,000 bail. … Oakland Raiders fullback Jamize Olawale signed his exclusive rights tender.


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