Bruce Smith – Selected first overall in the 1985 NFL draft, Smith went on to post 200 career sacks in 19 seasons (15 with the Buffalo Bills). When he retired, Smith was the all-time NFL leader in sacks and posted double-digit sacks in twelve seasons as a Buffalo Bill. He was selected to eleven Pro Bowls and won NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors twice. Smith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Steve Tasker – Tasker played 13 seasons for the Bills and was selected to seven Pro Bowls, making him the first special teams player to accomplish that task. He generated 204 special team tackles and blocked seven punts over his career. He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Time Team in 2000 and was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Andre Reed – A fourth-round pick for Buffalo in the 1985 NFL Draft, Reed went on to play 15 seasons for the team. Over that time, Reed was selected to seven Pro Bowls and retired as the all-time receiving leader for the Bills and third all-time in the NFL. His 941 receptions netted him 13,095 yards and 86 touchdowns.
Thurman Thomas – Thomas was selected in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft and played twelve seasons for the team. Over that span, he rushed for over 1,000 yards in eight consecutive seasons, was elected to five Pro Bowls and won NFL MVP honors in 1991. Thomas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
Jim Ritcher – Ritcher played in 222 games for Buffalo over his 14-year career with the team. A first-round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, Ritcher earned Pro Bowl honors twice and played in all four Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s.
Darryl Talley – A second-round pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, Talley was selected one pick behind Jim Kelly. He played in 188 games over his twelve seasons with the team, generating 1,137 tackles, 38.5 sacks and two Pro Bowl berths.
Kent Hull – Kent Hull was one of the keys to the no-huddle offense run by the Bills during their Super Bowl runs. From 1986 through 1996, Hull only missed two games. He was selected to three Pro Bowls over his career.
Jim Kelly – The only quarterback in history to take his team to four straight Super Bowl appearances, Kelly stood as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history when he left the game. His 35,467 career passing yards was tenth all-time; his 2,874 completions was eighth all-time and his 237 touchdowns placed him 13th among the NFL leaders at the time of his retirement. His eleven seasons in Buffalo saw Kelly pass for more than 3,000 yards eight times. Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Fred Smerlas – Smerlas was selected in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft and played eleven seasons for the Bills. He played in 162 games and earned five Pro Bowl nominations as one corner of the infamous “Bermuda Triangle” of the 1980s.
Bob Kalsu – An All-America tackle at the University of Oklahoma, Kalsu was an eighth-round pick in the 1968 AFL Draft. He started eight games for Buffalo before leaving to fulfill his ROTC obligations for the Army. In November of 1969, Kalsu was shipped overseas to serve in Vietnam and on July 21, 1970, Kalsu became the only pro football player to be killed in Vietnam when a mortar shell his the base he was protecting.
George Saimes – An All-American as a defensive back and fullback at Michigan State, Saimes was selected in the sixth round of the AFL draft in 1963. He went on to play seven seasons for the Bills, was named an AFL All-Star five times and was selected to the All-Time AFL Defensive Team.
Eddie Abramoski – Abramoski was the Bills’ trainer from 1960 through the conclusion of the 1995 season. Before that, he was a part-time trainer with the Detroit Lions. In 1986, Abramoski was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame the following year.
Robert James – Arguable one of the best man-to-man covermen of his time, James played for the Bills from 1969 through 1974. During the 1975 preseason, James sustained a knee injury, which eventually ended his playing career. He was selected to three Pro Bowls during his tenure with Buffalo.
Joe DeLamielleure – Selected 26th overall in the 1973 NFL Draft, DeLamielleure played eight seasons for the Buffalo Bills. Over his career, he was selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls (1975-1979) and was part of the famed Electric Company, which blocked for O.J. Simpson’s 2,003-yard season in 1973. DeLamielleure was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
Marv Levy – In his eleven seasons with Buffalo, Levy led the team to six AFC East Division titles and four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. When he retired, he was the winningest coach in Bills history; racking up a 112-70 regular season record and going 11-8 in the playoffs. Levy was named AFC Coach of the Year in 1988, 1993 and 1995 and was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1988. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
Joe Ferguson – Ferguson led the Bills in passing for twelve straight years, setting nearly all of the team passing records in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1973 through 1984, Ferguson played in 164 games and passed for 27,590 yards.
Mike Stratton – After being selected in the 13th round of the 1962 AFL Draft, Stratton went on to record six interceptions his rookie season. He played in six AFL All-Star games, as well as two AFL Championship Games. He is most famous for his hit on Keith Lincoln in the 1964 AFL Championship Game, knocking him out of the game.
Elbert Dubenion – Dubenion was one of the original players to report to Bills training camp in 1960. Over the next nine years, he set almost all of the Bills’ receiving records. In his 103 games, he amassed 296 receptions for 5,309 yards and 35 touchdowns.
12th Man – To honor arguable the most dedicated fans in the National Football League, the Buffalo Bills selected the 12th Man for induction to the Wall of Fame in 1992. In 1991, the Bills’ fans set a single-season attendance record (635,889), which was part of a streak of six consecutive seasons where the Bills led the league in attendance (1988-1993).
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. – One of the original owners in the American Football League (AFL), Wilson helped guide his team to two AFL Championships and four Super Bowl appearances. He is only the second administrator to be inducted into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame (Patrick J. McGroder in 1985). Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Billy Shaw – At the time of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Shaw was the only player to spend his entire career in the American Football League (AFL). Shaw helped lead the Bills to two AFL Championships in his nine years with the team. Over that span, Shaw earned first-team All-AFL honors five times, second-team All-AFL honors three times and was selected to eight AFL All-Star games. Shaw was also named to the All-Time AFL team. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
Tom Sestak – Sestak was a seventeenth-round pick in the 1962 AFL Draft who went on to play seven seasons for Buffalo. Over that span, he recorded 51 sacks and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Sestak was named to the All-AFL team four times and was selected to be on the Bills Silver Anniversary Team in 1984.
Patrick J. McGroder – McGroder was instrumental in bringing professional football back to Buffalo, after a ten-year hiatus. He served as Vice-President and Senior Executive Vice-President from 1962 through 1985. He died in February of 1986.
Jack Kemp – Kemp played for the Bills from 1962 through 1969, leading the team to two straight AFL Championships. He earned AFL Player of the Year honors in 1965 and set nearly all of the team passing records in the 1960s. In his 88 games with the team, Kemp passed for 15,138 yards and 77 touchdowns.
O.J. Simpson – The 1968 Heisman Trophy winner was the first overall selection in the 1969 NFL Draft. Over the next eleven seasons, Simpson racked up an impressive 11,236 yards rushing, 2,142 yards receiving and 76 touchdowns. He was the first running back to break the 2,000-yard barrier when he gained 2,003 yards in 1973. He led the league in rushing three times, was NFL Player of the Year three times and was selected to six Pro Bowls. Simpson was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
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