Who are the top five Bills of all-time?
There are a few names that will come up on every list, but the last spots can be challenging to fill out. Elliot Harrison gave us his list as part of an ongoing segment on NFL Now discussing the top five players in each team's history. He breaks down the names in his video, but here's the list he came up with.
- Bruce Smith
- Jim Kelly
- Thurman Thomas
- O.J. Simpson
- Mike Stratton
- According to Pro Football Reference's Approximate Value metric, Stratton ranks as the ninth-best Bills player ever. Some obvious names above him include Andre Reed and Kent Hull, who were both mentioned by Harrison in his video.
- A few of Stratton's teammates deserve consideration as well. Tom Sestak was a first-team all-time AFL defensive tackle, and Billy Shaw was a first-team guard and the only player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who never played a down in the NFL (he retired prior to the merger). Stratton was a second-teamer, joined by Ron McDole, Butch Byrd, Stew Barber, Art Powell, and Cookie Gilchrist.
- Joe DeLamielleure, George Saimes, and Brian Moorman all earned multiple first-team All-Pro nods. Ruben Brown, Steve Tasker, Fred Smerlas, and Cornelius Bennett were all named to five or more Pro Bowls.