Monthly Archives: March 2014
Buffalo Bills owner, Ralph Wilson, passed away last week at the age of 95. Here is a news clip from Western New York, remembering the great Bills owner.
Over the last month, through a bit of luck and good connections, I was able to reacquire a large collection of Lance Alworth’s family photos for Lance. It is not quite certain how they ever got away from the family to begin with, but Lance was thrilled to have them, many of which he had never seen before.
Included in this collection was a couple of small snapshots of Lance signing his letter of intent with the University of Arkansas. It was a momentous day for the Alworth family, and one that sent Lance further down the path towards football greatness. To my knowledge, and Lance’s, these photos have not been shown publically in many, many years, if ever. Sitting beside Lance are his mother and father.
Here is a piece that I found on Oakland Raiders hall of fame receiver, Fred Biletnikoff. Biletnikoff was a Raiders rookie in 1965, and spent his entire 14-year career in Oakland, playing for three outstanding quarterbacks – Tom Flores, Daryle Lamonica and Kenny Stabler. As a receiver he was noted for his good speed and excellent hands. One thing that I didn’t realize about the Raiders great? He wore #14 in his first two seasons with the Raiders. I’d only seen him with his well-known #25.
Much like Steve Garvey did with the Padres 20 years later, Tobin Rote came to San Diego at the end of his career and made a lasting impression with post-season heroics. Rote led the 1963 Chargers to their only AFL title, and was on his way to a repeat performance in 1964, before he headed off into pro football’s sunset. As such, the San Diego Chargers celebrated Tobin Rote Day at their final 1964 home game, a December 13th contest against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ralph Wilson, founder and longtime owner of the Buffalo Bills, passes away today. He was 95 years old. Wilson was the last current NFL owner with ties back to The Foolish Club, the original group of AFL owners. Barron Hilton is now the sole surviving member of that group.
Ralph Wilson joined the American Football League with a background as a minority owner of the NFL’s Detroit Lions. But once he jumped into the AFL, he was all Buffalo Bills. Wilson not only guided his own team, but was integral in ensuring the success of the league as a whole. He was once president of the AFL, helped to negotiate television contracts, the AFL-NFL merger, and even lent money to the Oakland Raiders in lean years when the franchise had difficulty staying afloat.