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
 
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1
990 173
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive End

2
1,026 166
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Quarterback

3
760 149
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

4
690 137
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

5
855 232
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

6
418 152
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker

7
386 108
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker

8
303 104
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

9
410 156
Steve Tasker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Gunner, Wide receiver

10
344 125
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

11
311 80
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Center

12
343 78
Kyle Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle

13
243 101
Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman

14
284 141
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

15
298 93
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Running back

16
283 64
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

17
241 101
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

18
348 87
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Running back

19
204 86
Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Offensive Lineman

20
240 91
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Fullback

21
197 74
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Placekicker

22
244 66
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Quarterback

23
164 82
Will Wolford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Tackle
1964

24
167 93
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle

25
188 99
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Safety