|Established 1959 |
Play in and headquartered in Ralph Wilson Stadium
Orchard Park, New York
American Football League (1960–1969)
|Team colors||Red, Royal Blue, Navy Blue, White
|General manager||Buddy Nix|
|Head coach||Sean McDermott|
|League championships (2)
|Conference championships (4)
|Division championships (10)
The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in Buffalo, New York. They are currently members of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). They play their home games in the suburb of Orchard Park, and since 2008 have played one home game per season in Toronto. The Bills began competitive play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
The Bills won two consecutive American Football League titles in 1964 and 1965, but the club has not won a league championship since the merger. Buffalo is also the only team to win four consecutive American Football Conference Championships, and the only team in either conference to play in (and lose) four consecutive Super Bowl games.
The Bills were named as the result of the winning entry in a local contest, which named the team after the AAFC Buffalo Bills, a previous football franchise from the All-America Football Conference that merged with the Cleveland Browns in 1950. That team, in turn, was named after William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The Bills' cheerleaders are known as the Buffalo Jills. The official mascot is Billy Buffalo; Cody is not used in the team's iconography at all.
The Bills conduct summer training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York, a suburb of Rochester.
They are the only NFL team to play their home games within New York state. Both the New York Jets and the New York Giants play in East Rutherford, New Jersey, nine miles outside of their headquarters in New York City. The Bills actually play their home games further away (11 miles) from their headquarters in the city of Buffalo. On October 2, 2005, the Bills played the New Orleans Saints in the first NFL regular-season game held in San Antonio, Texas. With the inception of the 5-year Bills Toronto Series deal in 2008 that is good through 2012, they are also the only team to play a home game in Canada.
Logos and uniforms
In 1962, the standing red bison was designated as the logo and took its place on a white helmet. In 1962, the team's colors also changed to red, white, and blue. The team switched to blue jerseys with red and white stripes on the shoulders. the helmets were white with a red center stripe. By 1965, red and blue center stripes were put on the helmets.
The Bills introduced blue pants worn with the white jerseys in 1973, the last year of the standing buffalo helmet. The blue pants remained through 1985. The face mask on the helmet was blue from 1974 through 1986 before changing to white. Buffalo sporadically wore white at home in the 1980s, but has not since 1986.
In 1974, the standing bison logo was replaced by a blue charging one with a red slanting stripe streaming from its horn. In 1984, the helmet's background color was changed from white to red, reportedly in part to distinguish them more readily from three of their division rivals at that time, the Indianapolis Colts, the Miami Dolphins, and the New England Patriots, who all also wore white helmets at that point. (The Patriots now use a silver helmet, the Colts have since been realigned to the AFC South, and the New York Jets, who wore white helmets until 1978, have since switched back to white helmets.)
In 2002, under the direction of general manager Tom Donahoe, the Bills' uniforms went through radical changes. A darker shade of blue was introduced as the main jersey color, and nickel gray was introduced as an accent color. Both the blue and white jerseys feature red side panels. The white jerseys include a dark blue shoulder yoke and royal blue numbers. The current helmet is red with one navy blue, two nickel, two royal blue, two white stripes, and white face mask. A new logo, a stylized B consisting of two bullets and a more detailed buffalo head on top, was proposed and had been released (it can be seen on a few baseball caps that were released for sale), but fan backlash led to the team retaining the running bison logo. The current helmet logo adopted in 1974- a charging royal blue bison, with a red streak, white horn and eyeball- remains unchanged.
In 2005, the Bills revived the standing bison helmet and uniform of the mid-1960s as a throwback uniform.
The Bills usually wear the all-blue combination at home and the all-white combination on the road when not wearing the throwback uniforms. They have not worn blue on white since 2006, while the white on blue has not been worn since 2007.
Players of note
Buffalo Bills current roster
Rookies in italics
AFC rosters → NFC rosters
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Distinguished Service Award Recipients
Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame
Pro Football Hall Of Fame
- O. J. Simpson (1985)
- Billy Shaw (1999)
- Marv Levy (2001)
- Jim Kelly (2002)
- James Lofton (2003)
- Joe DeLamielleure (2003)
- Thurman Thomas (2007)
- Bruce Smith (2009)
- Ralph Wilson (2009)
- 12 Jim Kelly, QB, 1986–96
- 32 O.J. Simpson, RB, 1969–77
- 34 Thurman Thomas, RB, 1988–99
- 78 Bruce Smith, DE, 1985–99 (although guard Ruben Brown used 78 as his practice jersey; he wore 79 on the field)
Since the earliest days of the team, the number 31 was not supposed to be issued to any player. The Bills had stationery and various other team merchandise showing a running player wearing that number, and it was not supposed to represent any specific person, but the 'spirit of the team.' The tradition was broken in 1969 when reserve running back Preston Ridlehuber was issued number 31 for one game while his normal number 36 jersey was repaired by equipment manager Tony Marchitte. The number 31 was not issued again until 1990 when first round draft choice James (J.D.) Williams wore it for his first two seasons. The number has since been released for use by any player and is currently being worn by starting free safety Jairus Byrd.
All-time first round draft picks
|1960||Richie Lucas||Penn State||Quarterback|
|1961||Ken Rice, 1st Overall||Auburn||Tackle|
|1963||Dave Behrman||Michigan State||Center|
|1964||Carl Eller||Minnesota||Defensive End|
|1965||Jim Davidson||Ohio State||Tackle|
|1966||Mike Dennis||Mississippi||Running Back|
|1967||John Pitts||Arizona State||Safety|
|1968||Haven Moses||San Diego State||Wide Receiver|
|1969||O.J. Simpson, 1st Overall||Southern California||Running Back|
|1970||Al Cowlings||Southern California||Defensive Tackle|
|1971||J.D. Hill||Arizona State||Wide Receiver|
|1972||Walt Patulski, 1st Overall||Notre Dame||Defensive End|
|1973||Paul Seymour||Michigan||Tight End|
|1973||Joe DeLamielleure||Michigan State||Guard|
|1974||Reuben Gant||Oklahoma State||Tight End|
|1976||Mario Clark||Oregon||Defensive Back|
|1977||Phil Dokes||Oklahoma State||Defensive Tackle|
|1978||Terry Miller||Oklahoma State||Running Back|
|1979||Tom Cousineau, 1st Overall||Ohio State||Linebacker|
|1979||Jerry Butler||Clemson||Wide Receiver|
|1980||Jim Ritcher||North Carolina State||Center|
|1981||Booker Moore||Penn State||Running Back|
|1982||Perry Tuttle||Clemson||Wide Receiver|
|1983||Tony Hunter||Notre Dame||Tight End|
|1983||Jim Kelly||Miami (FL)||Quarterback|
|1984||Greg Bell||Notre Dame||Running Back|
|1985||Bruce Smith, 1st Overall||Virginia Tech||Defensive End|
|1985||Derrick Burroughs||Memphis State||Defensive Back|
|1986||Ronnie Harmon||Iowa||Running Back|
|1987||Shane Conlan||Penn State||Linebacker|
|1988||No 1st Rd Pick, Thurman Thomas (2nd Round)||Oklahoma State||Running Back|
|1989||No 1st Rd Pick, Don Beebe (3rd Round)||Chadron State||Wide Receiver|
|1990||James Williams||Fresno State||Defensive Back|
|1991||Henry Jones||Illinois||Defensive Back|
|1993||Thomas Smith||North Carolina||Defensive Back|
|1994||Jeff Burris||Notre Dame||Defensive Back|
|1996||Eric Moulds||Mississippi State||Wide Receiver|
|1997||Antowain Smith||Houston||Running Back|
|1998||No 1st Rd Pick, Sam Cowart (2nd Round)||Florida State||Linebacker|
|1999||Antoine Winfield||Ohio State||Defensive Back|
|2000||Erik Flowers||Arizona State||Defensive End|
|2001||Nate Clements||Ohio State||Defensive Back|
|2003||Willis McGahee||Miami (FL)||Running Back|
|2004||Lee Evans||Wisconsin||Wide Receiver|
|2005||No 1st Round Pick, Roscoe Parrish (2nd Round)||Miami (FL)||Wide Receiver|
|2006||Donte Whitner||Ohio State||Safety|
|2006||John McCargo||North Carolina State||Defensive Tackle|
|2007||Marshawn Lynch||California||Running Back|
|2008||Leodis McKelvin||Troy||Defensive Back|
|20091||Aaron Maybin||Penn State||Defensive End/Outside Linebacker|
|20101||C.J. Spiller||Clemson||Running Back|
1 In addition to their own pick (11th overall), the Bills received the 28th overall pick, as well as a fourth-round pick (121st overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade for OT Jason Peters
Recent Pro Bowl selections
- 2010 Season - Kyle Williams (Defensive Tackle - Injury Replacement) 
- 2009 Season - Jairus Byrd (Safety)
- 2008 Season - Jason Peters (Starting Offensive Tackle), Marshawn Lynch (Running Back - Injury Replacement)
- 2007 Season - Jason Peters (Offensive Tackle), Aaron Schobel (Defensive End - Injury Replacement)
- 2006 Season - Aaron Schobel (Defensive End), Brian Moorman (Punter)
- 2005 Season - Brian Moorman (Punter), Mike Schneck (Need Player)
- 2004 Season - Takeo Spikes (Line Backer), Ruben Brown (Offensive Guard)
- 2002 Season - Drew Bledsoe (Quarterback), Ruben Brown (Offensive Guard), Eric Moulds (Wide Receiver), Travis Henry (Running Back - Injury Replacement)
Coaches of note
Buffalo Bills staff
|AFC East: BUF · MIA · NE · NYJ • North: BAL · CIN · CLE · PIT • South: HOU · IND · JAC · TEN • West: DEN · KC · OAK · SD|
NFC East: DAL · NYG · PHI · WAS • North: CHI · DET · GB · MIN • South: ATL · CAR · NO · TB • West: ARI · STL · SF · SEA
Radio and television
The Buffalo Bills Radio Network is currently flagshipped at WGRF 96.9 FM, with games also available on WEDG 103.3FM. John Murphy is the team's current play-by-play announcer; he was a color commentator alongside and eventually succeeded longtime voice Van Miller after Miller's retirement at the end of the 2003 NFL season. Mark Kelso serves as the color analyst. The Bills radio network has over twenty affiliates in upstate New York and one affiliate, CJCL 590AM (The Fan) in Toronto.
Buffalo is also one of eight teams that is contracted with Compass Media Networks to syndicate selected games nationwide.
During preseason, most games are televised on Buffalo's ABC affiliate, WKBW-TV channel 7, with several other affiliates in western New York. These games are simulcast on sister stations WTVH in Syracuse, WICU in Erie, WHAM-TV in Rochester, and beginning in 2008, CITY-TV in Toronto. Ray Bentley, a former Bills linebacker and current AFL on ESPN analyst, does play by play, while CBS analyst and former Bills special teams player Steve Tasker does color commentary on these games. WHAM-TV sports anchor Mike Catalana is the sideline reporter. Since 2008, preseason games have been broadcast in high definition.
Training camp sites
- 1960-1962 Roycroft Inn, East Aurora, New York
- 1963-1967 Camelot Hotel, Blasdell, New York
- 1968-1980 Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York
- 1981-1999 State University at Fredonia, Fredonia, New York
- 2000–present St. John Fisher College, Pittsford, New York
Mascots, cheerleaders and marching band
The Bills' cheerleaders are the Buffalo Jills. The Jills are not owned by the Bills, but instead are a separate organization funded primarily by the Buffalo Bills Radio Network, a subsidiary of Citadel Broadcasting.
The Attica High School Marching Band is the official marching band of the Buffalo Bills. Along with the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins, the Bills are one of only three teams in the NFL to designate an official marching band.
In popular culture
In the X-Files episode "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man", the titular character, a member of a shadowy government cabal, states that the Buffalo Bills will not win a Super Bowl while he lives.
The Buffalo Bills were featured on the direct-to-TV movie, Second String and in the Vincent Gallo drama Buffalo 66.
Notes and references
- "Elbert Dubenion - 1960". Hometown.aol.com. http://hometown.aol.com/bkbubco/60-Buf.html. Retrieved 2010-12-30.[unreliable source?]
- http://hometown.aol.com/bkbubco/62-Buf.html[dead link]
- Billy Shaw & Tom Sestak - 1965[dead link]
- By Mark Gaughan (2010-08-06). "The billboard: A daily dose from Bills training camp - Bills & NFL". The Buffalo News. http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bills-nfl/article95278.ece. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- New Wall of Famer named
- Buffalo Bill Retired Numbers
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Edited by Randall Liu, pp. 393, Workman Publishing, 2001, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2
- Maiorana, Sal (Jan 7, 2011). "Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams named to Pro Bowl". rocnow.com. http://rocnow.com/article/bills/2011101070331. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- Brown, Chris (Jan 29, 2009). "Lynch headed to Pro Bowl". Buffalo Bills.com. http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/lynch-headed-to-pro-bowl-/388a14b3-9fca-4148-9415-ac41532f87fc. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
- "2008 Pro Bowl rosters". Nfl.com. 2008-02-04. http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d8053b226&template=without-video&confirm=true. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- 3:37 a.m. ET (2007-02-10). "2007 Pro Bowl rosters". MSNBC.com. http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/16287024/. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "2005 AFC Pro Bowl roster". ESPN. 2006-02-07. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2267705. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "2004 Pro Bowl Roster - AFC". Football.about.com. 2010-06-14. http://football.about.com/cs/history/a/afcprobowl2004.htm. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- "AFC Pro Bowl squad". ESPN.com. 2003-01-31. http://static.espn.go.com/nfl/probowl03/s/afcprobowl03.html. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- Buffalo Bills Training Camp History
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