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This is a list of the best Buffalo Bills of all time. As one of the original AFL teams in the early '60s, the first few decades of Bills football was defined by solid players, yet they lacked the playoff results to be seriously considered one of the NFL's premier teams. Players like Jack Kemp, Cookie Gilchrist, and O.J. Simpson (we're talking about on the field accomplishments here) spearheaded those high flying Bills of the franchise's early years. With a combination of hitting the jackpot on high draft picks, shrewd trades and a seasoned head coach in Marv Levy, many of the greatest Bills in team history came from the team's most successful seasons during the 1990s. 

Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Andre Reed are considered by many to be the best Bills ever. These players were at the core of the Bills teams that went to the Super Bowl a league record four straight years from 1990-1993. Ultimately, these players never were able to capture that elusive Super Bowl title, The run of success that these BIlls players were a part of are looked back fondly by Bills fans. These Bills greats are still revered and popular in western New York. Despite the lack of a championship, it doesn't take away that they are considered some of the greatest Buffalo Bills in history. 

This list of the best Buffalo Bills of all time accounts for all players in its AFL and NFL history. If you notice that a player isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add him. Vote and rerank this list so it accurately reflect who should be considered the greatest Bills players in team history
 
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1
501 81
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

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2
526 79
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Jim Kelly Quarterback

3
393 76
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Thurman Thomas Running back

4
413 123
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
O. J. Simpson Running back

5
360 77
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Andre Reed Wide receiver

6
209 79
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

7
148 52
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Joe DeLamielleure Offensive Lineman, Guard

8
221 77
Steve Tasker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Tasker Running back, Gunner, Wide receiver

9
209 66
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Darryl Talley Linebacker

10
192 78
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
James Lofton Wide receiver

11
160 42
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Kent Hull Center

12
130 63
Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Fred Smerlas Tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman

13
154 72
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Moulds Wide receiver

14
139 54
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

15
112 35
Kyle Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Kyle Williams Defensive tackle

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16
122 43
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Fred Jackson Running back

17
129 55
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cookie Gilchrist Running back, Fullback

18
110 54
Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Billy Shaw Offensive Lineman

19
114 29
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Marv Levy Running back

20
95 56
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Mark Kelso Safety

21
86 54
Will Wolford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Will Wolford Tackle - 1964

22
91 44
Jim Ritcher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Ritcher Guard, Center

23
84 61
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Ted Washington Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle

24
105 46
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Christie Placekicker

25
84 52
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

26
92 30
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added LeSean McCoy Running back

27
71 22
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Doug Flutie Quarterback

28
73 31
Joe Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Joe Ferguson Quarterback

29
84 59
Pete Metzelaars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Pete Metzelaars Tight end - 1960

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30
72 74
Bryce Paup is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bryce Paup Defensive end, Linebacker

31
106 77
Takeo Spikes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Takeo Spikes Linebacker

32
81 63
Ruben Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Ruben Brown Guard

33
58 17
Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ScottPolichette added Frank Reich Quarterback

34
67 24
Phil Hansen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Phil Hansen Defensive tackle, Defensive end

35
60 23
Reggie McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Reggie McKenzie Guard

36
78 28
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

37
79 53
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Pat Williams Defensive tackle, Tackle

38
87 58
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Lee Evans Wide receiver

39
54 23
Eric Wood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Wood Center

40
62 29
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Marcell Dareus Defensive tackle

41
43 14
Joe Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Joe Cribbs Running back

42
45 16
London Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added London Fletcher Linebacker, Middle Linebacker

43
92 96
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

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44
60 38
Sammy Watkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Sammy Watkins

45
42 27
Mike Stratton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Mike Stratton Linebacker

46
57 31
Bill Polian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bill Polian

47
61 61
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Chris Spielman

48
45 26
Henry Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Henry Jones Safety, Defensive back

49
74 106
Steve Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Johnson Wide receiver

50
38 16
Nate Odomes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Nate Odomes Cornerback