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
 
list ordered by

1
821 143
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

2
850 136
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Quarterback

3
619 128
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

4
577 118
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

5
717 198
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

6
345 131
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker

7
316 93
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker

8
249 87
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

9
353 127
Steve Tasker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Gunner, Wide receiver

10
290 111
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

11
251 71
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Center

12
253 62
Kyle Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle

13
199 89
Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman

14
244 74
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Running back

15
238 115
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

16
282 54
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Running back

17
206 86
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

18
199 80
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Fullback

19
222 50
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

20
170 73
Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Offensive Lineman

21
158 82
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Safety

22
136 80
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle

23
159 63
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Placekicker

24
179 47
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Quarterback

25
136 66
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker

26
128 75
Will Wolford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Tackle - 1964

27
138 64
Jim Ritcher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Guard, Center

28
131 48
Joe Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Quarterback

29
137 79
Pete Metzelaars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Tight end - 1960

30
134 34
Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ScottPolichette added Quarterback

31
172 104
Takeo Spikes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Linebacker

32
132 81
Ruben Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Guard

33
148 48
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

34
130 47
Eric Wood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Center

35
107 99
Bryce Paup is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

36
141 79
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

37
122 67
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

38
117 42
Phil Hansen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle, Defensive end

39
101 38
Reggie McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Guard

40
102 35
London Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Linebacker, Middle Linebacker

41
110 80
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added

42
79 24
Joe Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Running back

43
87 29
Nate Odomes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Cornerback

44
137 140
Steve Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

45
151 128
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

46
98 44
Bill Polian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bill Polian

47
76 35
Brian Moorman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Punter

48
134 85
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Running back

49
99 69
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 ...

50
67 22
Jerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Wide receiver