Without Ralph Wilson, the NFL as we know it may not be the same. He kept the AFL solvent, which allowed for a merger between the two leagues.
However, Wilson's major accomplishment is bringing pro football into Buffalo and doing his best to keep it there for good.
During his tenure in Buffalo, his Bills captured two consecutive AFL Championships and a record four straight AFC Championships. The 1990's saw his bills win 103 games in what is sometimes considered a dynasty in spite of the absence of a Super Bowl win.
Though some fans have grown frustrated with Wilson in recent seasons, in part because due to their 13-year playoff drought, without Wilson, there would be no Bills.
At 90, he was able to see his bust enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and bask in his achievements. Now at 94, the oldest owner in the NFL was able to pass along his franchise to the right man on his own terms.
Whatever the future holds, remember the man the stadium is named after. He brought pro football to Buffalo and created a tradition of excellence, even if the current Bills have faded from the glory that made many of his teams so dominant.
So here is a "thank you" to Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Thanks for bringing pro-football to Buffalo, establishing excellence and keeping the small-market team in Western New York.
Thank you for doing what is in the best interest of the franchise in 2013: giving your life's work into the trusting hands of Russ Brandon.
Thank you to a legend, for all you have done.