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
 
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1
1,007 178
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive End

2
1,047 170
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Quarterback

3
774 152
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

4
701 142
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

5
872 233
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

6
422 154
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker

7
393 110
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Linebacker

8
307 105
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

9
317 80
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Center

10
417 158
Steve Tasker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Gunner, Wide receiver

11
349 128
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

12
352 80
Kyle Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle

13
245 103
Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman

14
304 93
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Running back

15
289 142
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Wide receiver

16
353 88
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Running back

17
287 64
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back

18
245 102
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

19
242 93
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Running back, Fullback

20
207 88
Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Offensive Lineman

21
171 94
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle

22
165 84
Will Wolford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Tackle
1964

23
198 76
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Placekicker

24
248 68
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Quarterback

25
188 101
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Safety