The Best Buffalo Bills of All Time

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List Criteria: Please rank the players based only on their time with the Bills

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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    the people's #1

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    - 48


    Quarterback

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    + 287
    - 49


    Running back

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    - 56

    most listed
    Wide receiver

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    + 277
    - 86


    Running back

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    + 159
    - 51


    Linebacker

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    + 165
    - 46


    Running back, Gunner, Wide receiver

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  8. 8
    + 156
    - 40


    Linebacker

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    + 102
    - 32


    Offensive Lineman, Guard

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  10. 10
    + 145
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    Wide receiver

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    + 109
    - 44


    Tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman

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    + 126
    - 27


    Center

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    + 109
    - 35


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    + 116
    - 54


    Wide receiver

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    added by willyboymcoy
    Offensive Lineman

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    Running back, Fullback

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    added by slaft
    Defensive tackle

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle

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    + 68
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    Safety

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    + 76
    - 26

    added by bigulcards
    Running back

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    + 79
    - 35


    Placekicker

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    Linebacker

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    added by willyboymcoy
    Tackle 1964

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    + 49
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defensive end, Linebacker

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    + 70
    - 19

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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    + 70
    - 34

    added by willyboymcoy
    Guard, Center

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    + 66
    - 42

    added by willyboymcoy
    Tight end 1960

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  28. 28
    + 54
    - 49


    Guard

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  29. 29
    + 61
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    Wide receiver

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    + 45
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    ranked low on reranks & added by slaft
    Quarterback

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    + 56
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    Defensive tackle, Tackle

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    + 27
    - 6

    added by ScottPolichette
    Quarterback

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    + 44
    - 15

    ranked low on reranks & added by slaft
    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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    + 29
    - 9

    new! & added by Erik Freeland
    Quarterback

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    + 35
    - 15

    added by slaft
    Guard

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    + 34
    - 14

    added by CMCSS03
    Running back

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    + 36
    - 12

    ranked low on reranks & added by slaft
    Safety, Defensive back

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    + 53
    - 77

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Wide receiver

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    + 69
    - 62

    added by ejlinehan
    Linebacker

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    + 35
    - 16


    Defensive tackle

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    + 44
    - 48

    added by ejlinehan

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    + 29
    - 13


    Center

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  44. 45
    + 27
    - 18

    added by slaft
    Linebacker

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    + 54
    - 19


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    added by mestrom
    Running back

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    added by ruds
    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

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    + 26
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    added by CMCSS03
    Outside Linebacker, Defensive end

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    + 18
    - 8

    added by mestrom
    Cornerback

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