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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
701 128
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

2
725 122
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Jim Kelly Quarterback

3
537 111
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Thurman Thomas Running back

4
495 105
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Andre Reed Wide receiver

5
607 176
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
O. J. Simpson Running back

6
299 117
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

7
214 73
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Joe DeLamielleure Offensive Lineman, Guard

8
310 111
Steve Tasker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Tasker Running back, Gunner, Wide receiver

9
276 87
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Darryl Talley Linebacker

10
252 101
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
James Lofton Wide receiver

11
211 62
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Kent Hull Center

12
204 53
Kyle Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Kyle Williams Defensive tackle

13
175 83
Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Fred Smerlas Tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman

14
207 99
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Moulds Wide receiver

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15
199 64
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Fred Jackson Running back

16
222 40
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added LeSean McCoy Running back

17
183 75
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

18
169 73
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cookie Gilchrist Running back, Fullback

19
181 44
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Marv Levy Running back

20
143 70
Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Billy Shaw Offensive Lineman

21
137 74
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Mark Kelso Safety

The Best Buffalo Bills Wide Receivers of All Time

22
117 73
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Ted Washington Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle

23
137 57
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Christie Placekicker

24
125 58
Jim Ritcher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Ritcher Guard, Center

25
119 60
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

26
136 36
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Doug Flutie Quarterback

27
110 68
Will Wolford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Will Wolford Tackle - 1964

28
112 43
Joe Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Joe Ferguson Quarterback

The Best Buffalo Bills Coaches of All Time

29
112 28
Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ScottPolichette added Frank Reich Quarterback

30
119 74
Pete Metzelaars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Pete Metzelaars Tight end - 1960

31
146 94
Takeo Spikes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Takeo Spikes Linebacker

32
106 38
Eric Wood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Wood Center

33
122 41
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

34
111 62
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Pat Williams Defensive tackle, Tackle

35
109 76
Ruben Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Ruben Brown Guard

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36
93 92
Bryce Paup is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bryce Paup Defensive end, Linebacker

37
120 72
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Lee Evans Wide receiver

38
99 38
Phil Hansen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Phil Hansen Defensive tackle, Defensive end

39
81 34
Reggie McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Reggie McKenzie Guard

40
83 28
London Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added London Fletcher Linebacker, Middle Linebacker

41
73 24
Nate Odomes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Nate Odomes Cornerback

42
65 21
Joe Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Joe Cribbs Running back

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117 131
Steve Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Johnson Wide receiver

44
132 120
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

45
84 41
Bill Polian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bill Polian

46
91 77
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Chris Spielman

47
107 67
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Marshawn Lynch Running back

48
62 31
Brian Moorman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Brian Moorman Punter

49
57 19
Jerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Jerry Butler Wide receiver

50
64 36
Henry Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Henry Jones Safety, Defensive back