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One player who is most responsible for Bills franchise history

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Bruce Smith is the best player, followed closely by OJ, but Jim Kelly is the face of the franchise.

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I mean all told, everyone from the past is done. They didn’t deliver what we all still hope for. So it could be Josh Allen. His story isn’t written yet and he hasn’t fallen short yet. He represents hope and if he turns into what he should be...he might give us 9 or 10 looks at it before it’s all over.

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Before there was Bruce Smith, there was Tom Sestak, and before there was OJ, there was Cookie, perhaps the greatest football player of all time.

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Well, to answer the title question, Ralph. If it wasn'tfor him there would be no history.

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Doug Flutie.  Lagging sales of luxury suites and Ralph Wilson's ultimatum (maybe only a phony one--but we really do not know) had the franchise here in doubt.  Flutie as a starting QB injected energy into the team and spurred demand for luxury suites and they were able to hit the threshold (it was $9 million--maybe?)   Anyways, that's what is deposited in my memory bank which often has insufficient funds, much like my other bank accounts.  Anyways, enthusiasm for the franchise was waning at a critical juncture in franchise history and Flutie was the dose of prednisone they needed at the time.

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9 hours 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.

You don't know me 😛

 

I'd say Reggie Williams. Who the Jaguars just had to have instead of trading with us to aquire Roethlisberger 

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One could say OJ; picking him was the impetus to the new stadium and kept the team in Buffalo.  And of course Kelly.  I'll throw Mike Stratton out there.  His hit in Keith Lincoln paved the way for their first AFL championship which in turn solidified the fan base.

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There is no player. I agree with those who said Ralph Wilson. He’s the one that stuck with Buffalo from beginning to end. So many of the players mentioned, while eventually coming around, didn’t even want to go to Buffalo when drafted. 

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OJ changed the course of more games than Taylor.   As a human, he’s scum.   But in my lifetime I’ve never seen a player play at a level so significantly above his peers.

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10 hours ago, BuffaloBill said:

 

 

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. 

Agreed. Levy, Kelly, and the defense lost the SuperBowl but it is Norwood's wide right that defines the franchise.

Just think of it. If the Bills win the Superbowl in the next decade what image will they show first.

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As others have noted I would go with Jack Kemp.  My reasons:

 

*  He QBed the Bills to 2 league championships.  Their only league championships.

 

*  He's had the longest time to impact the franchise with his playing days being in the 1960's

 

*  As a nationally recognized congressman and a cabinet member of a presidential administration Kemp and his days as the Bills QB were routinely linked in the press thousands of times.  It was an association between a former player and a team that added to the reputation of the Bills franchise in ways that winning & losing football games never could. 

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