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Who Is The Most Beloved Buffalo Bills Figure Ever?

What a kind embrace. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
What a kind embrace. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills have been around for over 50 years. There have been quite a few players, coaches, and other people associated with the team that we disliked. There have been even more than we love. In honor of Valentine's Day (yes, this is still a football blog), let's make our cases for the most beloved figure in team history.

I'll get the ball rolling with some suggestions from team annals.

Few know about him, but Ed Abramoski was the Bills athletic trainer for the first 37 years. Or maybe you'd prefer to show some love to the two most important guys in bringing the Bills to Buffalo - Ralph Wilson and Pat McGroder. Voice of the Bills Van Miller should also get a strong look in this discussion, as will Bill Polian, the architect of the Super Bowl era. Coaches Marv Levy, Lou Saban, and Chuck Knox all may get votes, too.

If you're more into players, the 1960s was full of great choices for this. Jack Kemp, Billy Shaw, Cookie Gilchrist, or Elbert Dubenion work based on their play on the field, as does Bob Kalsu for his great sacrifice off the field. Defenders George Saimes, Mike Stratton, or Butch Byrd would all be good AFL choices as well.

In the 1970s, Joe DeLamielleure, the Electric Company, and O.J. Simpson might get some recognition, while the 1980s saw some great defenders like Fred Smerlas and Jim Haslett. The 1990s Super Bowl era teams with characters Jim Kelly, Steve Tasker, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, Darryl Talley and more will almost certainly dominate the debate. Could a 2000s player like Kyle Williams or Brian Moorman sneak in?

It's up to you to decide. Results will be posted on Monday.