Wilson, 95, died at his home on Tuesday afternoon. NFL team executives like Brown were told of Wilson's death during an afternoon session at the league's owners meetings in Orlando, Fla.
"His voice carried weight in our meetings here," Brown told Bengals.com. "He was an important voice in the National Football League. He had strong opinions and he wasn't afraid to voice them. He was his own and a very successful man beyond football, and a man I admired."
Wilson founded the Bills in 1960, helping establish the team with the start-up AFL that same year. He has been the Bills' only owner.
The Bengals, founded in 1968, have a similar longevity in leadership in a league that has undergone a series of dramatic changes over the years. Brown has been both team president and its second-in-command since its inception. He is only the Bengals' second president. The first was his father, Paul Brown, who established the franchise after a split from the Cleveland Browns, an organization named after him.