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I am watching “A Football Life - Lawrence Taylor” and tt makes me think that a once in a generation player changed the course of Bills history.  The Giants likely would have lost to the 49’rs in the NFC game had it not been for LT.  Who knows what would have happened had the bills faced the Niners instead of the Giants.

 

What is most impressive about LT is that he may well be the most dominant player to ever play football.  He was without doubt a game changing player.

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I would not want to burden any single individual with that horrible weight. 

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At his moment in time, OJ was the entire focal point of the Bills. Defenses knew. The offense knew. The fans knew it. And he still ran for over 2,000 in a 14 game season. But, not a long career here and no playoff victories. For long term and victories, I'd go either Bruce or Kelly. Perhaps Thurman.

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That’s easy - Jim Kelly. He was the leader of the best years of the team.

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I see two "most notable" items and therefore notable faces in Bills post merger NFL history.  Those would be:

1. The four straight Super Bowl appearances & losses - the faces of the franchise there were Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, & Bruce Smith.  You might say the single memorable event there was "wide right" so you could say Scott Norwood.

2.  The first 2000 yard rusher - the face there is OJ.  

Take your choice between them.  

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I see most people didn't understand the point of this thread....

 

OP, there is one man....

 

Ralph Wilson.

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Only two choices....     O.J. Simpson or Jim Kelly.  

 

The answer in large part depends on how old you are.  I was just a little kid when the Juice was Loose.  Kelly is more my era so I vote Jimbo.

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2 minutes ago, Formerly Allan in MD said:

Bruce or Kelly

Threads about a "player."

Ralph Wilson was most certainly a "player" in this "game."

 

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2 minutes ago, LeGOATski said:

I see most people didn't understand the point of this thread....

 

OP, there is one man....

 

Ralph Wilson.

 

Interesting thought thought, I did say player.  I brought up LT because had the Bills won the first SB who knows what their legacy would be.  It is a matter of conjecture.  But an interesting thought is that had the Bills won and then fallen apart maybe the result would be fewer HOF careers. 

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2 minutes ago, Your Brown Eye said:

Martin Nance

 

 

Explain,,,

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Kelly.

 

He represents the only enduring stretch of success in franchise history.  Outside of the Kelly era, the NFL Bills have been a horrible football team.

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Kelly is the obvious answer.

 

Captain Hindsight would say Blesode.  If Bledsoe pays better in '03 we don't draft Losman and '04 and likely wait a year.  The 2nd best rated quarterback on the board was Aaron Rodgers in '05.

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7 minutes ago, Doc Brown said:

Kelly is the obvious answer.

 

Captain Hindsight would say Blesode.  If Bledsoe pays better in '03 we don't draft Losman and '04 and likely wait a year.  The 2nd best rated quarterback on the board was Aaron Rodgers in '05.

 

Interesting... less than obvious...

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I mean the sad part is that it’s probably Norwood. If he makes the kick he’s never thought of as the reason we won a super bowl. But because he missed the kick...he’s the closest thing to being individually responsible. That kick changes every narrative about the Bills. If we make it, the next 3 Super Bowls don’t even have to happen or matter. That team would be remembered as it should be be and the Bills wouldn’t be a team that never won but lost 4 straight.

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It's Norwood and it's not even close.  If he makes that FG the entire history of the Bills and Buffalo is different.  The miss is more famous than any other play in Buffalo sports history and has defined the franchise for 3 decades ever since.

 

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3 minutes ago, Brianmoorman4jesus said:

I mean the sad part is that it’s probably Norwood. If he makes the kick he’s never thought of as the reason we won a super bowl. But because he missed the kick...he’s the closest thing to being individually responsible. That kick changes every narrative about the Bills. If we make it, the next 3 Super Bowls don’t even have to happen or matter. That team would be remembered as it should be be and the Bills wouldn’t be a team that never won but lost 4 straight.

 

Sad to say, you nailed it.

 

LT was a generational player who defined the Giants for a short period of time. I could argue that Eli had a bigger singular impact on that franchise's history than LT despite being a far inferior player. It's before my time, but Y.A. Tittle might be the titular holder of the crown for the Giants.

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28 minutes ago, Brianmoorman4jesus said:

I mean the sad part is that it’s probably Norwood. If he makes the kick he’s never thought of as the reason we won a super bowl. But because he missed the kick...he’s the closest thing to being individually responsible. That kick changes every narrative about the Bills. If we make it, the next 3 Super Bowls don’t even have to happen or matter. That team would be remembered as it should be be and the Bills wouldn’t be a team that never won but lost 4 straight.

 

18 minutes ago, Ethan in Portland said:

It's Norwood and it's not even close.  If he makes that FG the entire history of the Bills and Buffalo is different.  The miss is more famous than any other play in Buffalo sports history and has defined the franchise for 3 decades ever since.

 

 

Back then a 47 yard FG was less than a sure thing.  I hear what you say but he was asked to do the improbable. 

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