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
 

1
749 136
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

2
778 131
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Jim Kelly Quarterback

3
572 118
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Thurman Thomas Running back

4
532 111
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Andre Reed Wide receiver

5
655 186
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
O. J. Simpson Running back

6
321 126
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

7
231 82
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Joe DeLamielleure Offensive Lineman, Guard

8
331 121
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
291 91
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Darryl Talley Linebacker

10
269 106
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
James Lofton Wide receiver

11
228 67
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Kent Hull Center

12
226 58
Kyle Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Kyle Williams Defensive tackle

13
188 86
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
222 108
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Moulds Wide receiver

The Best Buffalo Bills Running Backs of All Time

15
254 46
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added LeSean McCoy Running back

16
220 70
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Fred Jackson Running back

17
195 80
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

18
181 78
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cookie Gilchrist Running back, Fullback

19
157 72
Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Billy Shaw Offensive Lineman

20
199 48
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Marv Levy Running back

21
149 78
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Mark Kelso Safety

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22
125 77
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
146 60
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Christie Placekicker

24
129 61
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

25
156 41
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Doug Flutie Quarterback

26
130 62
Jim Ritcher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Ritcher Guard, Center

27
114 73
Will Wolford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Will Wolford Tackle - 1964

28
123 45
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 Wide Receivers of All Time

29
121 31
Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ScottPolichette added Frank Reich Quarterback

30
125 77
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
158 98
Takeo Spikes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Takeo Spikes Linebacker

32
121 77
Ruben Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Ruben Brown Guard

33
133 44
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

34
116 63
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Pat Williams Defensive tackle, Tackle

35
100 94
Bryce Paup is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bryce Paup Defensive end, Linebacker

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129 74
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Lee Evans Wide receiver

37
114 46
Eric Wood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Wood Center

38
107 40
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
93 35
Reggie McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Reggie McKenzie Guard

40
92 29
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
80 26
Nate Odomes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Nate Odomes Cornerback

42
102 77
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Chris Spielman

The Best Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks of All Time

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71 22
Joe Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Joe Cribbs Running back

44
141 121
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

45
126 135
Steve Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Johnson Wide receiver

46
90 42
Bill Polian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bill Polian

47
68 33
Brian Moorman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Brian Moorman Punter

48
118 75
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Marshawn Lynch Running back

49
62 21
Jerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Jerry Butler Wide receiver

50
70 37
Henry Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Henry Jones Safety, Defensive back