Buffalo Bills: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Having been around for more than half a century, the Buffalo Bills have had plenty of top talent on the roster over the years. These 30 are the greatest of all-time — at least in my opinion.

You may not know it by the team’s terrible performance so far in 2018, but the Buffalo Bills have had some outstanding talent come through their doors since the franchise’s inception in 1960. So it only makes sense to take those names and rank the 30 greatest in team history, right?

Surprisingly, most of the names on this list came from one of two eras — either during the Bills’ 10 years in the AFL or during their string of Super Bowl losses during the early 1990s. There are a few others dispersed among those two groups, but that’s where the talent seemed to be at its highest density for this club.

For this exercise, I took a look at a very long list of Buffalo’s best and brightest over the years, picking my way through nearly 60 years of names, stats and awards to come to my final rankings. It was a long process, but one that I believe yielded the desired results. I’m sure opinions will differ, but these 30 players seem to be among the best to ever wear a Bills jersey.

Instead of talking about the selection process though, it’s time we got down to business.

So without further ado, let’s jump right in to the 30 greatest Bills players of all-time. Chances are most of the younger generation of fans won’t recognize many of these names, but it’s a great opportunity to refresh yourselves on the franchise’s stars from long ago. If you don’t agree with the rankings, feel free to leave a comment and tell me where I went wrong.