Football 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
1
1,125 194
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive End
2
1,146 194
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Quarterback
3
865 169
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back
4
772 162
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver
5
955 258
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back
6
462 169
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker
7
434 125
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker
8
337 116
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard
9
474 167
Steve Tasker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Gunner, Wide receiver
10
356 87
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Center
11
392 139
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver
12
399 86
Kyle Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle
13
269 113
Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman
14
331 152
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver
15
347 107
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Running back
16
327 70
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back
17
268 98
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Fullback
18
274 110
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
19
230 96
Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Offensive Lineman
20
384 116
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Running back
21
183 91
Will Wolford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Tackle
1964
22
221 83
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Placekicker
23
190 104
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle
24
209 110
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Safety
25
284 81
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Quarterback