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The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time 

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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
 
list ordered by
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Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive End
2
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Quarterback
3
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back
4
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver
5
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back
6
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker
7
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker
8
Steve Tasker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Gunner, Wide receiver
9
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard
10
Kyle Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
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Defensive tackle
11
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver
12
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Center
13
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
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Running back
14
Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman
15
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Marv Levy
Running back
16
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Moulds
Wide receiver
17
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Fullback
18
Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
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Offensive Lineman
19
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
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Running back
20
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Ted Washington
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle
21
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added
Quarterback
22
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
23
Will Wolford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added
Tackle
1964
24
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Safety
25
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
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