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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
730 133
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

2
758 129
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Jim Kelly Quarterback

3
557 117
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Thurman Thomas Running back

4
520 108
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Andre Reed Wide receiver

5
634 182
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
O. J. Simpson Running back

6
311 124
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

7
226 78
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Joe DeLamielleure Offensive Lineman, Guard

8
322 118
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
283 90
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Darryl Talley Linebacker

10
259 104
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
James Lofton Wide receiver

11
219 64
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Kent Hull Center

12
213 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
182 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
216 106
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
242 44
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added LeSean McCoy Running back

16
209 68
Fred Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
bigulcards added Fred Jackson Running back

17
189 77
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

18
175 76
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cookie Gilchrist Running back, Fullback

19
189 46
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Marv Levy Running back

20
150 71
Billy Shaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Billy Shaw Offensive Lineman

21
142 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
120 75
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
141 58
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Christie Placekicker

24
148 38
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Doug Flutie Quarterback

25
128 59
Jim Ritcher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Ritcher Guard, Center

26
122 60
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

27
113 70
Will Wolford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Will Wolford Tackle - 1964

28
117 44
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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117 31
Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ScottPolichette added Frank Reich Quarterback

30
121 76
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
153 96
Takeo Spikes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Takeo Spikes Linebacker

32
128 44
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

33
114 77
Ruben Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Ruben Brown Guard

34
96 93
Bryce Paup is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bryce Paup Defensive end, Linebacker

35
126 73
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Lee Evans Wide receiver

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36
112 63
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Pat Williams Defensive tackle, Tackle

37
111 45
Eric Wood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Wood Center

38
103 39
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
89 34
Reggie McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Reggie McKenzie Guard

40
86 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
76 25
Nate Odomes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Nate Odomes Cornerback

42
68 21
Joe Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Joe Cribbs Running back

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136 120
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

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96 77
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Chris Spielman

45
121 133
Steve Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Johnson Wide receiver

46
85 42
Bill Polian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bill Polian

47
65 32
Brian Moorman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Brian Moorman Punter

48
113 71
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Marshawn Lynch Running back

49
60 20
Jerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Jerry Butler Wide receiver

50
68 36
Henry Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Henry Jones Safety, Defensive back