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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
930 159
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive End

2
962 160
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Quarterback

3
712 142
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

4
652 131
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

5
811 219
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

6
393 146
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker

7
366 103
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker

8
285 100
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

9
392 149
Steve Tasker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Gunner, Wide receiver

10
328 120
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

11
293 78
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Center

12
318 73
Kyle Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle

13
231 95
Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman

14
278 89
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Running back

15
268 136
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

16
326 74
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Running back

17
264 60
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

18
228 86
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Fullback

19
231 95
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

20
191 83
Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Offensive Lineman

21
224 59
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Quarterback

22
179 93
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Safety

23
184 71
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Placekicker

24
156 89
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle

25
152 79
Will Wolford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Tackle - 1964

26
161 68
Jim Ritcher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Guard, Center

27
161 71
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker

28
151 55
Joe Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Quarterback

29
152 86
Pete Metzelaars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Tight end

30
154 43
Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ScottPolichette added Quarterback

31
188 113
Takeo Spikes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Linebacker

32
146 88
Ruben Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Guard

33
150 57
Eric Wood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Center

34
121 43
Reggie McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Guard

35
164 59
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

36
157 87
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

37
137 73
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

38
132 47
Phil Hansen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle, Defensive end

39
119 107
Bryce Paup is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

40
118 40
London Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Linebacker, Middle Linebacker

41
124 87
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added

42
98 33
Nate Odomes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Cornerback

43
93 38
Brian Moorman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Punter

44
91 31
Joe Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Running back

45
151 150
Steve Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

46
167 140
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

47
159 97
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Running back

48
98 50
Aaron Schobel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Defensive end

49
112 76
Elbert Dubenion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ruds added Wide receiver -

Elbert Dubenion (nicknamed "Duby" or "Golden Wheels") (born February 16, 1933 in Griffin, Georgia) was an American football wide receiver. He played college football for Bluffton College in northwest Ohio.

As a rookie for the American Football League's Buffalo Bills in 1960, DuBenion had seven touchdowns and 752 receiving yards on 42 catches, a 17.9 yd/catch average. He ran 16 times for 94 yards and a touchdown, a 5.6 yd/carry average. In 1961, facing tighter and deeper coverages, he upped his production as a runner, rushing for 173 yards and a touchdown on just 17 carries, a 10.3 yd/carry average. He had 31 catches for 461 yards and six touchdowns.

In 1964, Duby had one of the most sensational seasons of any receiver in pro football history, scoring 10 touchdowns among his 42 receptions for 1,139 yards, while collecting 27.1 yards per catch. In nine seasons, he totalled 296 receptions for 5,424 yards and 36 TDs for a career average of 18.3 yd/catch, and rushed for 360 yards and three touchdowns on 48 carries, a career average of seven yds/carry. When Wray Carlton was released by the Bills on September 2, 1968, it made Dubenion the last player from the Bills original roster in 1960 to still be with the club.[1]

Dubenion ranks seventh all-time in the AFL in receptions and reception yardage. He holds the record for the longest reception in AFL playoff history, a 93-yd touchdown reception from quarterback Daryle Lamonica against the Boston Patriots in 1963.

50
85 44
Henry Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Safety, Defensive back