Wilson valued for impact on past, future

Originally Published: August 6, 2009
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

Saturday in Canton, Ohio, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. will become the oldest person inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He's 90, and not getting any younger. In recent years, Wilson often has spoken about his death and what it'll mean for the team he owns, the Buffalo Bills -- and more specifically, for Buffalo and the NFL as we know it.

A champion for small-market teams, Wilson has declared that the Bills won't remain in his family after he dies. The team Wilson has owned ...

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