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The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time 

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List Rules Please rank the players based only on their time with the Bills

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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Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
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Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Quarterback from USA, Pennsylvania, East Brady
3
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back from Houston, Texas
4
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back from California, United States of America
5
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver from Allentown, Pennsylvania
6
Steve Tasker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back and Gunner from Smith Center, Kansas
7
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker from Birmingham, Alabama
8
Kyle Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Kyle Williams Defensive tackle from Ruston, Louisiana
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Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker from Cleveland, Ohio
10
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Center from Pontotoc, Mississippi
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Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Marv Levy Running back from Chicago, Illinois
12
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Running back from Fort Worth, Texas
13
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver from Fort Ord, California
14
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Offensive Lineman and Guard from Detroit, Michigan
15
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Moulds Wide receiver from Lucedale, Mississippi
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LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Running back from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
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Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back and Fullback from Brackenridge, Pennsylvania
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Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Quarterback from Manchester, Maryland, United States of America
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Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Tackle and Nose tackle from Waltham, Massachusetts
21
Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ScottPolichette added Quarterback from Freeport, New York
22
Joe Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Joe Ferguson Quarterback from Alvin, Texas
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Eric Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Center from Cincinnati, Ohio
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Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Placekicker from Hamilton, Canada
25
Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Offensive Lineman from Vicksburg, Mississippi