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Joe DeLamielleure
Joe DeLamielleure
Guard - Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2003 Class of 2003 Guard >>> 6-3, 254 (Michigan State) 1973-1979, 1985 Buffalo Bills, 1980-1984 Cleveland Browns Joseph Michael DeLamielleure. . .Selected by Bills in first round, 1973 draft. . .All-America at Michigan State. . . Won All-Rookie honors . . .Durable, played in 185 consecutive games. . . Anchored Bills' famed "Electric Company" offensive line. . .Best known as lead blocker for O. J. Simpson, NFL's first 2000-yard rusher, 1973. . .Selected All-Pro and All-AFC 1975 through 1980 . . .Named to six Pro Bowls. . .Named to NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team. . .Born March 16, 1951 at Detroit, Michigan.
Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly
Quarterback - Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2002 Class of 2002 Quarterback >>> 6-3, 225 (Miami - Florida) 1986-1996 Buffalo Bills James Edward Kelly…Selected by Bills in 1st round, 1983 draft…Passed for more than 3,000 yards in season eight times…Mastered Bills' "no huddle" offense…Guided Buffalo to eight post-season appearances, unprecedented four straight Super Bowls…Named to four Pro Bowls…Career stats: 35,467 yards, 237 touchdowns, 84.4 passer rating…Led NFL with 101.2 rating, 1990…Born February 14, 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Marv Levy
Marv Levy
Head Coach - Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2001 Class of 2001 Coach (Wyoming, Coe College, Harvard) 1978-1982 Kansas City Chiefs, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills Marvin Daniel Levy. . .Led Bills to unprecedented four straight Super Bowls. . .Had 154-120-0 overall record. . .His coaching victories ranked 10th in NFL history at time of retirement. . . Quickly improved Chiefs from 4-12 to 9-7. . . Guided Buffalo to eight playoff appearances in 11 seasons. . .NFL Coach of the Year, 1988. . .AFC Coach of the Year, 1988, 1993, 1995. . .Born August 3, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois.
James Lofton
James Lofton
Wide Receiver - Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2003 Class of 2003 Wide Receiver >>> 6-3, 192 (Stanford) 1978-1986 Green Bay Packers, 1987-1988 Los Angeles Raiders, 1989-1992 Buffalo Bills, 1993 Los Angeles Rams, 1993 Philadelphia Eagles James David Lofton. . .Selected by Green Bay in 1st round (6th player overall) of 1978 NFL Draft. . .A deep-threat receiver, possessed both speed and great hands. . .recorded more than 50 receptions in a season nine times. . .First NFL player to score a touchdown in 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. . .In 16 seasons, he caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards - an NFL record at the time of his retirement. . .Named All-Pro four times, All-NFC three times, selected to play in eight Pro Bowls. . .Born July 5, 1956, at Fort Ord, California.
Billy Shaw
Billy Shaw
Guard - Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1999 Class of 1999 Guard >>> 6-2, 258 (Georgia Tech) 1961-1969 Buffalo Bills William Lewis Shaw. . .First player to spend entire career in AFL to be elected to Hall of Fame. . .Two-way collegiate player . . . Drafted by Cowboys (NFL) and Bills (AFL). . .Chose Bills to play on offensive line. . . Equally adept at pass blocking and run blocking. . .Driving force behind offensive unit that led Buffalo to back-to-back AFL titles in 1964, 1965. . .All-AFL five times. . .Named to eight All-Star games. . . Born December 15, 1938 in Natchez, Mississippi. Class of 1985 Running Back >>> 6-1, 212
O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson
Running Back - Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1985 (City College-San Francisco, Southern California) 1969-1977 Buffalo Bills, 1978-1979 San Francisco 49ers Orenthal James Simpson. . .Heisman Trophy winner, 1968. . .No. 1 NFL draft pick, 1969. . .Career highlighted by 2,003 yards rushing, 1973. . . Unanimous All-Pro, topped 1,000 yards rushing, 1972-1976. . .Won four NFL rushing titles. . . Career record: 11,236 yards rushing, 203 receptions, 990 yards kickoff returns, 14,368 combined net yards. . .In 1969 AFL All-Star game, five Pro Bowls. . .1973 Pro Bowl Player of the Game. . . Born July 9, 1947, in San Francisco, California.
Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
Defensive End - Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2009 Class of 2009 Defensive End >>> 6-4, 280 (Virginia Tech) 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000-03 Washington Redskins Bills’ first-round draft pick (1st player overall), 1985 NFL Draft. . .Considered one of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history. . .His 200 career sacks is NFL all-time record. . .Recorded 10 or more sacks in an NFL record 13 seasons. . .NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 1990 and 1996. . .Named to NFL’s All Decade Teams of the 1980s and 1990s . . .First- or second-team All-Pro 11 times. . .Selected to 11 Pro Bowls. . .Born June 18, 1963 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Thurman Thomas
Thurman Thomas
Running Back - Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007 Class of 2007 Running Back >>> 6-0, 198 (Oklahoma State) 1988-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Miami Dolphins Thurman Lee Thomas. . .Bills’ second round pick in 1988 NFL Draft. . .Led NFL in total yards from scrimmage a record four consecutive seasons. . .NFL’s Most Valuable Player, 1991. . .Rushed for 1,000 yards in eight consecutive seasons. . .Career numbers include 12,074 yards rushing and 16,532 all-purpose yards. . .Selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls. . .First- or second-team All-Pro five straight years. . .All-AFC 1989-1993, All-AFC Second Team 1994. . . Born on May 16, 1966 in Houston, Texas.
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.
Owner/Founder - Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2009 Class of 2009 Founder/Owner (Virginia, Michigan) 1960-Present One of original founders of American Football League. . .During tenure as Bills owner, team won two AFL Championships and unprecedented four straight AFC championships. . .Bills 103 regular season wins, second most in NFL during 1990s. . . Helped lead AFL through early years making tough decisions that were necessary for league’s survival. . . Began talks with Carroll Rosenbloom, then owner of NFL’s Colts in January 1965, that eventually resulted in AFL-NFL merger. . .Born October 17, 1918 in Columbus, Ohio.