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Who's #3?
OG Joe DeLamielleure (1973-1979, 1985)
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
QB Jim Kelly (1986-1996)
62%
 62%  [ 10 ]
WR Andre Reed (1985-1999)
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
FS George Saimes (1963-1969)
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
DT Tom Sestak (1962-1968)
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
OG Billy Shaw (1961-1969)
6%
 6%  [ 1 ]
NT Fred Smerlas (1979-1989)
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
LB Mike Stratton (1962-1972)
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
ST Steve Tasker (1986-1997)
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
RB Thurman Thomas (1988-1999)
31%
 31%  [ 5 ]
Other (state who)
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Total Votes : 16

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:05 pm    Post subject: Ranking the greatest Bills players of all-time: #3 Reply with quote

O.J. runs away in the second greatest Bills player of all-time voting (81%). Thanks to those who voted... let's keep it going.



1. Bruce Smith
2. O.J. Simpson
3. ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Ranking the greatest Bills players of all-time: #3 Reply with quote

jb_gobills wrote:
O.J. runs away in the second greatest Bills player of all-time voting (81%). Thanks to those who voted... let's keep it going.



1. Bruce Smith
2. O.J. Simpson
3. ?

Easy call for me. Thurman all the way.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going with Billy Shaw here.
  • 8 consecutive All-Star Games in 9 year career
  • Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Shaw is the only player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who never played a down in the NFL
  • 2-time AFL Champion
  • Member of the AFL All-Time Team
  • Member of Pro Football's All-Decade Team of the 1960s
  • Member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame
  • Member of the Buffalo Bills 25th Anniversary Team
  • Member of the Buffalo Bills 50th Anniversary Team
  • Member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame
Shaw had the most complete skill set of any offensive linemen in Bills history. His combination of strength, quickness, and awareness allowed him to pave the way for Cookie Giclhrist and Wray Carlton. His abilities also served Jack Kemp and Daryle Lamonica extremely well in the passing game.

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Shaw's speed, strength, and natural ability made him "the driving force of the offensive unit."

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 Superbowls, 1st ballot hall of famer, top 10-15 QB of all-time.

Gotta go with Jim.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is where it gets interesting. If it weren't for Jim Kelly going to the USFL first over Buffalo, I think he would be the pick, but I am going to have to go With Squirmin' Thurman.

- More career yards than O.J.
- 14th All time in rushing yards with a career 4.2 ypc
- 1991 NFL MVP

plus the best

-Only player in NFL history to led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage for 4 straight years.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jb_gobills wrote:
I'm going with Billy Shaw here.
  • 8 consecutive All-Star Games in 9 year career
  • Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Shaw is the only player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who never played a down in the NFL
  • 2-time AFL Champion
  • Member of the AFL All-Time Team
  • Member of Pro Football's All-Decade Team of the 1960s
  • Member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame
  • Member of the Buffalo Bills 25th Anniversary Team
  • Member of the Buffalo Bills 50th Anniversary Team
  • Member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame
Shaw had the most complete skill set of any offensive linemen in Bills history. His combination of strength, quickness, and awareness allowed him to pave the way for Cookie Giclhrist and Wray Carlton. His abilities also served Jack Kemp and Daryle Lamonica extremely well in the passing game.

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Shaw's speed, strength, and natural ability made him "the driving force of the offensive unit."


Not to rip on Shaw at all JB but
Ruben Brown has very similar stats. Just dont see a Guard making a top 5 squad even if he was a very solid player in his time.

I am going with Jimbo. Face of the franchise for a long time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NIKEJWN wrote:
Not to rip on Shaw at all JB but
Ruben Brown has very similar stats. Just dont see a Guard making a top 5 squad even if he was a very solid player in his time.


Ruben Brown isn't a Hall of Famer. I would say both Shaw and DeLamielleure have to be in the top six or seven simply because they are in the Hall of Fame (along with Bruce, Kelly, Thomas, Simpson, and I'll throw in Reed).
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a hard time voting for the older guys; I didn't see them play, so I can only judge them on stats, reputation, and highlights.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



But Thurman and Billy Shaw are not far behind.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jb_gobills wrote:
NIKEJWN wrote:
Not to rip on Shaw at all JB but
Ruben Brown has very similar stats. Just dont see a Guard making a top 5 squad even if he was a very solid player in his time.


Ruben Brown isn't a Hall of Famer. I would say both Shaw and DeLamielleure have to be in the top six or seven simply because they are in the Hall of Fame (along with Bruce, Kelly, Thomas, Simpson, and I'll throw in Reed).


The Hall of Fame is a good point I just have a tough time putting an offensive linemen in the top 5.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason I gave Thurman the nod is due to Jim Kelly's poor peformance in the playoffs.

17 career playoff games.
322-545 comp 59%
3863 pass yards- 227 pass yards per game
21 TDs-28 INT
QB rating- 72.3

And one of the greatest moments in Bills history the comeback, he didn't play. I'm sure I am going to take some heat for this.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Billsfaninptown wrote:
The reason I gave Thurman the nod is due to Jim Kelly's poor peformance in the playoffs.

17 career playoff games.
322-545 comp 59%
3863 pass yards- 227 pass yards per game
21 TDs-28 INT
QB rating- 72.3

And one of the greatest moments in Bills history the comeback, he didn't play. I'm sure I am going to take some heat for this.


Neither did Thurman ... well Thurman got hurt during the game, in the 1st quarter I believe.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely a close race out of the gate on this one between Kelly and Thomas. I actually have them fourth and fifth on my list, with Kelly having the slight edge. Kelly calling plays in the no-huddle is what made the Buffalo offense so dangerous in the early 90's. His leadership and toughness at the position made a huge impact as well.
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