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Ralph Wilson bids farewell to 'Foolish Club' partner Bud Adams


Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams died today. He was 90.

Adams and Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson were in the
"Foolish Club," the eight charter
members of the American Football League in 1960.

Adams owned the Houston Oilers and moved them to Tennessee in 1997.

Wilson, who turned 95 last week, is the last remaining owner from the original AFL. William Barron Hilton, founder of the Los Angeles Chargers, is 85 years old. He sold the team in 1966.

Wilson released through the Bills a
statement on Adams' passing:

"I am saddened to hear the news of the passing of Bud
Adams. As original AFL team owners, we all shared a common bond and a deep
sense of pride in where we started in 1960 to where the NFL is today and how
much our fans enjoy the game of professional football.

"Bud certainly played an important role in the growth
and development of our game, and today I am remembering with great fondness all
the laughs we shared with the special memories over the years. Through it all,
our teams played some of the most memorable games in AFL and NFL history.

"I want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences
to Bud’s daughters Susan and Amy and family and to all of his many friends."

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