– Zack El-Sharif
We are a month away from the first Bills preseason game, so I’m itching to talk Buffalo Bills as is any other Bills fan. I could talk about the negatives, like Aaron Kromer or another season with a question mark at quarterback. I could also talk about the headlines, like Rex Ryan jumping out of a plane, or the Rolling Stones playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium this past weekend. Instead I wanted to talk about something that fans could generally discuss and maybe even reminisce upon. So I bring to you my all-time Buffalo Bills roster. There’s some obvious ones of course but there’s always going to be someone who thinks so and so should be on the list. I didn’t put in a fullback because I had to have 2 RBs out of respect, so quick shout out to Darien Barnes. This list is based on the player’s years with the Bills only.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference
Offensive Skill Players:
QB: Jim Kelly, 60.1 completion percentage, 237 TDs, 35,467 yds and 84.4 passer rating, HOF
RB1: OJ Simpson, 10,183 rush yards, 57 TDs, 175 rec, 1924 yds, 12 TDs, HOF
RB2: Thurman Thomas, 11,938 rush yds, 65 TDs, 456 rec, 4,341 yds, 22 TDs, HOF
WR1: Andre Reed, 941 rec, 13,095 yds, 86 TDs, HOF
WR2 Eric Moulds, 675 rec, 9,096 yds, 48 TDs
TE: Pete Metzelaars, 302 rec, 2921 yds, 25 TDs
LT: Stew Barber, 9 seasons with the Bills, 2x first team All-Pro
LG: Billy Shaw, 9 seasons with the Bills, HOF
C: Kent Hull, 11 seasons with the Bills, Jim Kelly’s Center, 2x first team All-Pro, In my eyes Future HOF.
RG: Joe DeLamielleure: RG, 8 seasons with the Bills, 3 time first team All-Pro, HOF
RT: Jason Peters, 5 seasons with the Bills, as a Bill 2x pro bowler, 2x first team All-Pro
Defensive Front 7:
DE: Bruce Smith, 941 tackles, 200 sacks, 35 forced fumbles, 14 Recovers, 2 INT, HOF
DT: Fred Smerlas, 18.5 sacks, 1st team All 80’s team per FB Refernce, 4x Pro bowler with the Bills, 1x First team All-Pro
DT: Kyle Williams, 297 tackles, 34.5 sacks, 1 Int, 3 forced fumbles, 4 recovered, 4x Pro bowler
DE: Phil Hansen, 496 tackles, 61.5 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 10 recovered, 1 TD
LB: Cornelius Bennett, 751 tackles, 52.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, 19 recovered, 6 Int
LB: Darryl Talley, 1095 tackles, 38.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, 12 recovered, 11 Int
LB: London Fletcher, 493 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 7 recovered, 5 Int, 1 safety
DB: Burtch Byrd, 40 Ints, 5 TDs
DB: Nate Clements, 36 Ints, 5 TDs
DB: Mark Kelso, 30 Ints, 1 TDs
DB: Tony Greene, 37 Ints, 2 TDs
K: Rian Lindell, 83.3% FG, 908 points
P: Brian Moorman, 13 years with the Bills 2x All-Pro, 2x Pro Bowler
ST: Steve Tasker, 7x Pro Bowler as a Special Teamer, Maybe a future Hall of Famer
Last but not least the greatest Play-by-Play guy the Buffalo Bills have ever had: Van Miller, who recently passed away at the age of 87. Van was a Buffalo sports icon; what Rick Jeanneret is to the Sabres he was to the Bills. In his long and storied career that included 4 Super Bowl appearances, he called 605 Bills games and was passionate about every single one. Thank you Van.
As with any all-time list, it’s subjective and up for debate. See something you disagree with or that I missed? Tweet @hardfoulsports or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Zack El-Sharif (@ZackElSharif23)