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
792 142
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

2
824 135
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Jim Kelly Quarterback

3
561 112
Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Andre Reed Wide receiver

4
600 124
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Thurman Thomas Running back

5
695 195
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
O. J. Simpson Running back

6
335 129
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

7
306 92
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Darryl Talley Linebacker

8
242 85
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Joe DeLamielleure Offensive Lineman, Guard

9
346 124
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
279 110
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
James Lofton Wide receiver

11
240 70
Kent Hull is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Kent Hull Center

12
244 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
197 88
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
278 52
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added LeSean McCoy Running back

15
237 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
229 114
Eric Moulds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Moulds Wide receiver

17
202 84
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

18
213 48
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Marv Levy Running back

19
166 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
191 79
Cookie Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Cookie Gilchrist Running back, Fullback

21
173 44
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Erik Freeland added Doug Flutie Quarterback

22
156 79
Mark Kelso is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Mark Kelso Safety

23
134 79
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
154 61
Steve Christie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Christie Placekicker

25
136 64
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

26
137 63
Jim Ritcher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Ritcher Guard, Center

27
123 74
Will Wolford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
willyboymcoy added Will Wolford Tackle - 1964

28
130 47
Joe Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Joe Ferguson Quarterback

29
131 32
Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ScottPolichette added Frank Reich Quarterback

30
133 78
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
167 102
Takeo Spikes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Takeo Spikes Linebacker

32
128 79
Ruben Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Ruben Brown Guard

33
143 46
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

34
139 76
Lee Evans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Lee Evans Wide receiver

35
124 47
Eric Wood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Eric Wood Center

36
104 97
Bryce Paup is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bryce Paup Defensive end, Linebacker

37
120 66
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Pat Williams Defensive tackle, Tackle

38
115 41
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
99 37
Reggie McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
slaft added Reggie McKenzie Guard

40
100 32
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
150 126
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

42
85 28
Nate Odomes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Nate Odomes Cornerback

43
76 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
107 79
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
ejlinehan added Chris Spielman

45
127 80
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
CMCSS03 added Marshawn Lynch Running back

46
97 43
Bill Polian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Bill Polian

47
131 139
Steve Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Steve Johnson Wide receiver

48
74 34
Brian Moorman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Brian Moorman Punter

49
99 56
Tyrod Taylor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
Tyrod Taylor Quarterback

50
65 22
Jerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time
mestrom added Jerry Butler Wide receiver