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
750 136
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

2
779 131
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Jim Kelly Quarterback

3
573 118
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Thurman Thomas Running back

4
533 111
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Andre Reed Wide receiver

5
657 186
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
O. J. Simpson Running back

6
322 126
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

7
232 82
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Joe DeLamielleure Offensive Lineman, Guard

8
332 121
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
293 91
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Darryl Talley Linebacker

10
270 107
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
James Lofton Wide receiver

11
229 67
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Kent Hull Center

12
227 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
189 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
222 109
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
221 70
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Fred Jackson Running back

16
254 47
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added LeSean McCoy Running back

17
196 80
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

18
182 78
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cookie Gilchrist Running back, Fullback

19
158 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
200 48
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Marv Levy Running back

21
150 78
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Mark Kelso Safety

The Best Buffalo Bills Linebackers of All Time

22
147 60
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Christie Placekicker

23
125 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
129 62
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

25
156 42
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Doug Flutie Quarterback

26
131 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
115 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 46
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

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122 31
Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ScottPolichette added Frank Reich Quarterback

30
126 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
158 100
Takeo Spikes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Takeo Spikes Linebacker

32
134 44
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

33
121 78
Ruben Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Ruben Brown Guard

34
116 64
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Pat Williams Defensive tackle, Tackle

35
100 96
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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130 75
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Lee Evans Wide receiver

37
108 40
Phil Hansen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Phil Hansen Defensive tackle, Defensive end

38
115 47
Eric Wood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Wood Center

39
93 36
Reggie McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Reggie McKenzie Guard

40
92 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
80 27
Nate Odomes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Nate Odomes Cornerback

42
103 78
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Chris Spielman

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72 23
Joe Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Joe Cribbs Running back

44
128 135
Steve Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Johnson Wide receiver

45
141 123
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

46
92 42
Bill Polian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bill Polian

47
69 33
Brian Moorman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Brian Moorman Punter

48
63 21
Jerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Jerry Butler Wide receiver

49
118 77
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Marshawn Lynch Running back

50
92 67
Elbert Dubenion is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ruds added Elbert Dubenion 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 ...