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
819 133
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Jim Kelly Quarterback

2
787 141
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

3
554 111
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Andre Reed Wide receiver

4
594 123
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Thurman Thomas Running back

5
689 194
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
O. J. Simpson Running back

6
331 129
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

7
302 92
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Darryl Talley Linebacker

8
240 84
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Joe DeLamielleure Offensive Lineman, Guard

9
342 124
Steve Tasker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Tasker Running back, Gunner, Wide receiver

10
277 109
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
James Lofton Wide receiver

11
239 68
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Kent Hull Center

12
240 61
Kyle Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Kyle Williams Defensive tackle

13
196 87
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
275 51
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added LeSean McCoy Running back

15
233 72
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Fred Jackson Running back

16
229 113
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Moulds Wide receiver

17
201 83
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

18
211 48
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Marv Levy Running back

19
165 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
190 79
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cookie Gilchrist Running back, Fullback

21
170 43
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Doug Flutie Quarterback

22
155 78
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Mark Kelso Safety

23
134 78
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Ted Washington Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle

24
152 60
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Christie Placekicker

25
136 63
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

26
137 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
122 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
129 46
Joe Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Joe Ferguson Quarterback

29
129 31
Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ScottPolichette added Frank Reich Quarterback

30
131 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
167 100
Takeo Spikes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Takeo Spikes Linebacker

32
143 45
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

33
128 78
Ruben Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Ruben Brown Guard

34
139 75
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Lee Evans Wide receiver

35
104 96
Bryce Paup is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bryce Paup Defensive end, Linebacker

36
120 65
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Pat Williams Defensive tackle, Tackle

37
122 47
Eric Wood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Wood Center

38
114 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
98 36
Reggie McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Reggie McKenzie Guard

40
99 31
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
149 124
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

42
85 27
Nate Odomes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Nate Odomes Cornerback

43
107 78
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Chris Spielman

44
126 79
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Marshawn Lynch Running back

45
75 23
Joe Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Joe Cribbs Running back

46
96 42
Bill Polian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bill Polian

47
131 137
Steve Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Johnson Wide receiver

48
73 33
Brian Moorman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Brian Moorman Punter

49
98 55
Tyrod Taylor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Tyrod Taylor Quarterback

50
65 21
Jerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Jerry Butler Wide receiver