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The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 10.2k votes 1.6k voters 36.1k views 44 items

Big fan of Buffalo football? Then check out this list of Buffalo Bills quarterbacks with photos! It includes every starting quarterback from throughout Buffalo Bills history, including current quarterbacks and past ones. This roster contains many American football greats, players in the game with the highest ratings in the NFL. The QB is the leader of the offensive team, the one who often calls the plays. Although most teams use an offensive coordinator now, QBs still need to know the intricacies of the rules for trick plays and tactics. Vigorous training is a must—and don't forget that a quarterback is only as good as his receivers.

Featuring 2018-2019 Buffalo Bills and some of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time, the best Bills QBs include Jim Kelly, Tyrod Taylor, Doug Flutie, and Joe Ferguson, among many other greats.

Who are the best quarterbacks in Buffalo Bills history? Here is every athlete who's ever held the illustrious position of Buffalo Bills quarterback.

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Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

James Edward Kelly (born February 14, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons and spent the entirety of his NFL career ...more

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Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2000, 1999, 1998

Douglas Richard Flutie (born October 23, 1962) is an American former quarterback in the National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), and United States Football League (USFL). ...more

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Joe Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time
Joe Ferguson

Seasons: 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

Joseph Carlton Ferguson Jr. (born April 23, 1950) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League.

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Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1969, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962

Jack French Kemp (July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009) was an American politician and a professional player in both American football and Canadian football. A member of the Republican Party from New ...more

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Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985

Frank Michael Reich Jr. (rye-k) (born December 4, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Josh Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time
Joshua Patrick Allen (born May 21, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wyoming. Despite receiving ...more
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Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2004, 2003, 2002

Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the New England ...more

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Tyrod Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Tyrod Di'allo Taylor (born August 3, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Virginia Tech, ...more

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Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (born November 24, 1982), nicknamed Fitzmagic, is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the St. ...more

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Daryle Lamonica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963

Daryle Pasquale Lamonica (born July 17, 1941) is a former American football quarterback who played in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL). He was nicknamed ...more

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Kyle Orton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2014

Kyle Raymond Orton (born November 14, 1982) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for Purdue, where he started four straight bowl games. He was drafted by the ...more

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Alex Van Pelt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

Gregory Alexander Van Pelt (born May 1, 1970) is an American football coach and former player who is the quarterbacks coach for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL).
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Dennis Shaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time
Dennis Shaw

Seasons: 1972, 1971, 1970

Dennis Wendell Shaw (born March 3, 1947) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, and the Kansas ...more
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Dan Manucci is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1987

Daniel Joseph Manucci (born September 3, 1957) is a former American football quarterback and sports radio personality. Manucci played his short National Football League career as a backup for ...more
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Richie Lucas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1961, 1960

Richard John "Riverboat Richie" Lucas (born April 15, 1938) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Pennsylvania State University from 1957 to 1959 and ...more
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Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1969, 1968, 1967

Thomas Raymond Flores (born March 21, 1937) is an American former professional football coach and player. He and Mike Ditka are the only two people in National Football League history to win a ...more

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Bruce Mathison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1985

Bruce Martin Mathison (born April 25, 1959) is a former American football quarterback who played in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers (two stints), Buffalo Bills, and the Seattle Seahawks. He ...more
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Johnny Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1961, 1960

John Edward Green (October 12, 1937 – April 24, 2019) was an American collegiate and professional football quarterback who played four American Football League seasons from 1960 to 1963 for the ...more
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Dan Darragh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time
Dan Darragh

Seasons: 1970, 1969, 1968

Daniel Meyer Darragh (born November 28, 1946) is a former American football player. He played college football at William & Mary. A quarterback, he played professionally in the American ...more
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Vince Ferragamo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1985

Vince Anthony Ferragamo (born April 24, 1954) is an American former gridiron football player. He played professionally as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and the Canadian ...more
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Ed Rutkowski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time
Ed Rutkowski

Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963

Edward John Anthony Rutkowski (born March 21, 1941) is a former American football player, and a former politician in Buffalo, New York. Rutkowksi was a noted college and professional American ...more
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Warren Rabb is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time
Warren Rabb

Seasons: 1962, 1961

Samuel Warren Rabb (born December 12, 1937) is a former American football quarterback who played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) and the Buffalo Bills of the American ...more
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Kelly Holcomb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 2006, 2005

Bryan Kelly Holcomb (born July 9, 1973) is a former American football quarterback of the National Football League. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 1995. ...more

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Gary Marangi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time
Gary Marangi

Seasons: 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

Gary Angelo Marangi (born July 29, 1952 in Rockville Centre, New York) is a former quarterback for the Boston College Eagles and Buffalo Bills. The first pass that Marangi ever threw in the NFL ...more
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Todd Collins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

Seasons: 1997, 1996, 1995

Todd Steven Collins (born November 5, 1971) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football ...more