Bills All-Time Greats on the Defense….


As usual it is up for debate but this is my list of my top defensive players since the inception...



1)---Bruuuce Smith, A No Brainer—HOFer, NFL leading sack artist with 200.

2)---Ron McDole, Ala “The Dancing Bear”, 2 AFL Championships, 2 Pro Bowls and 1-1st team All-Pro.

3)---Aaron Schobel, exceptional pass rusher, 2 Pro-Bowls and 78 career sacks.

4)---Phil Hansen, excellent all around DE, 11 years of defending the run and pass, 4-SB’s

5)---Ben Williams, 10 year stalwart in defending the run, 1 Pro Bowl, 3 time 2nd team all conference.



1)--- Tom Sestak, career cut short by knee injuries, 2-AFL titles, 3-1st team All-Pro, and 4 Pro-Bowls

2)---Freddy Smerlas, one of my favorite Bills players, NT of the Famed “Bermuda Triangle, 5 Pro-Bowls.

3)---Jim Dunaway, another from the vaunted Bills defense of the mid 60’s, 4-Pro Bowls and 2 AFL Championships.

4)---Ted Washington, a mountain of a man that was an immovable object in the middle, 3 Pro Bowls.

5)---Kyle Williams, just hitting his stride a disruptive force in the middle.



1)---Biscuit Bennett, inside or out he was a force, too bad that he wasn’t used as much as pass rusher, 5 Pro Bowls and 5 total SB’s (1 with Atl.)

2)---Mike Stratton, AFL HOF, 6 Pro Bowls, 3 1st team All Pro, Known for his hit on Keith Lincoln in the Championship “The Hit Heard Around the World”.

3)—Bryce Paup. 3 years in B-lo All-Pro, NFL Defensive Player of the year (1995).

4)---Darryl Talley, another favorite, 12 years 2-Pro-Bowls, 4-SBs---“Tally Ho”

5)---John Tracey, tough as nails during the mid 60’s, 2 Pro-Bowls and 2 Championships



1)---Harry Jacobs, 7 years true MLB, 2- Pro Bowls and 2 AFL Championships. 

2)---London Fletcher, always took criticism but was a tackling machine

3)---Jim Haslett, not the most gifted but played hard, one 1st team all-Pro, a member of the “Bermuda Triangle”.

4)---Shane Conlan, Helped turn the Bills into a playoff contender, 3 Pro Bowls.

5)—Shane Nelson, injuries curtailed the career of the 3rd member of the "Bermuda Triangle". 


1)---George Saimes, another member of the mid 60’s Bills, 2 AFL Championships, 5-pro Bowls and 3 1st team All Pro selections.

2)---Tony Greene, 37 career Ints, 2 Pro Bowls on some very lousy teams

3)---Henry Jones,  a steadying force for 10 years, one 1st team All Pro, 9 out of 10 years Bills were in the playoffs

4)---Mark Kelso, 30 career Ints better known as Kazoo for the helmet he wore.

5)---Steve Freeman, unspectacular but started for 12 years



1)---Butch Byrd, 40 career Ints, 5 pro-bowls, three 1st team All-pro and two AFL Championships, plus he was a exceptional punt returner.

2)---Robert James, started out on special teams, was a shut-down CB, 3-Pro Bowls before a devastating knee injury shortened his career.

3)---Nate Odomes, 2 Pro Bowls on the Championship team of the 90’s

4)---Booker Edgerson, opposite Byrd they formed the best CB tandem in the league, 1 Pro Bowl.

5)---Antoine Winfield. LB for LB one of the toughest tacklers in Bills history fans appreciated his style of play!


Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Buffalo Rumblings

You must be a member of Buffalo Rumblings to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Buffalo Rumblings. You should read them.

Join Buffalo Rumblings

You must be a member of Buffalo Rumblings to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Buffalo Rumblings. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.