Ranker.com listed the Best Buffalo Bills of All Time. At the top five were Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, Thurman Thomas, and O. J. Simpson.
James Edward ‘Jim’ Kelly, who joined the Bills in 1983, was the passing leader of all time with 35,467. He was also a 5-Time Pro Bowler and 1-Time First Team All-Pro. He was included in the Hall of Fame of 2002. His weighted career average of 103 landed him the 93rd overall rank since 1950.
Bruce Bernard Smith was a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009 only in his first year of eligibility. He holds the NFL career record for quarterback sacks. He was also part of the Buffalo Bills team that participated in four successive Super Bowls, being the AFC champions.
Andre Reed had been Buffalo Bills’ wide receiver for 15 seasons – out of his 16-season career. He was one of those chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year. He placed 10th in NFL history with his total career receptions of 951. He was also part of the Buffalo Bills 50th Season All-Time Team.
Thurman Thomas spent most of his pro football career with Buffalo Bills. He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame a year later.
J. Simpson was Buffalo Bills’ running back from 1969 to 1977. He made a record in 1973, being the first NFL player to have rushed over 2000 yards in one season. He was College Football Hall of Famer in 1983 and Pro Football Hall of Famer in 1985.
The achievements of these former players were noteworthy – but not to be overlooked are Buffalo Bills’ 2015 important players for 2015. They are already making waves and records at this early. Buffalorumblings.com named Marcell Dareus, Mario Williams and LeSean McCoy on the top three of the list.
Dareus was drafted by Buffalo Bills in 2011. In his 16 games for the Buffalo Bills, he already registered 5.5 sacks; the most for a rookie of the team. This was despite of his injuries. He was one of the first Pro Bowl in 2013. He is considered among the most vital players, working for Bills’ defense.
Williams has amassed 38 sacks – the most for quarterback take downs of a Bills defender in three seasons. This mark placed him 6th in the franchise history of Bills. It is also the 4th highest total by an individual in three-year period in the history of NFL. He also recorded double digit sack in his first three seasons. Williams was also selected to the Pro Bowl for four times – 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2014.
McCoy was a three-time Pro Bowl member, from 2011, 2013, and 2014. He was also selected twice as First Team All Pro – 2011 and 2013. He was NFL Rushing Leader in 2013, NFC Offensive Player of the Year also in 2013, and NFL Rushing Touchdown Leader in 2011. He is at no. 29 in the list of Top 100 Players of 2015.