- 1990 - 1993
The Buffalo Bills were a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960. After a public contest, the team adopted the same name as the AAFC Buffalo Bills, the former All-America Football Conference team in Buffalo. The AAFC Bills franchise was named after the Buffalo Bills a popular barbershop quartet, whose name was a play on the name ...
Simpson was drafted by the AFL’s Buffalo Bills, who got the first pick in the 1969 AFL-NFL Common Draft after finishing 1–12–1 in 1968. Before the 1969 season, the Bills drafted running back O. J. Simpson, who would become the face of the franchise through the 1970s. The NFL-AFL merger placed Buffalo in the AFC East division with the Patriots, ...
The NFL-AFL merger placed Buffalo in the AFC East division with the Patriots, Dolphins, Jets, and Colts. Their first season in the NFL saw the team win only three games, lose ten, and tie one. In 1971, not only did the Bills finish in sole possession of the NFL’s worst overall record at 1–13, but they also scored the fewest ...
War Memorial Stadium was in severe need of replacement, being in poor condition and too small to meet the NFL’s post-1969 requirement that all stadiums seat at least 50,000. Construction began on a new stadium in the suburbs after Ralph Wilson threatened to move the team to another city; at one point after the 1970 season, Wilson was “prepared to ...
1990 In 1990, the Bills switched to a no-huddle, hurry-up offense (frequently with Kelly in the shotgun formation, the “K-gun”, named for tight-end Keith McKeller), and it led The Bills’ offense to one of the best in the league; their 428 points (26.75 points per game) scored was first in the league. The team finished 13–3 and won a close ...
Owner Ralph Wilson died March 25, 2014, at the age of 95. Wilson’s assets, including the team, were placed into a trust governed by four members: Wilson’s widow, Mary Wilson; his niece, Mary Owen; Jeff Littman, the Bills’ chief financial officer; and Eugene Driker, an attorney. The trust sold the team to Buffalo Sabres owner Terrence Pegula, along with his ...
History of the Bills
The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays home games at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills are one of only two NFL teams to win four consecutive conference championships and are the only NFL team to lose four straight Super Bowls—a feat they accomplished from 1990-1993.
The history of this storied franchise dates back over fifty years ago when it was founded by Ralph Wilson Jr., an owner who would remain with them until he died in 2014 at age 95 - making him one of pro sports longest-tenured owners ever! Since then, this organization has had many ups and downs and some great successes! From their first winning season under legendary head coach Lou Saban throughout their Super Bowl runs led by Jim Kelly’s “K-Gun offense,” – it is clear that this organization has had plenty to cheer about overtime despite not having won a championship yet!
In recent years however, things have taken a turn for the worse as they continuously struggle to make playoffs or even finish above .500 each year, leading many fans to be frustrated with management decisions or lack thereof, resulting in what seems like endless rebuilding cycles every few seasons... But no matter how bad times may look right now - you can always be sure that there will be loyal supporters cheering on “their boys” come game day because, after all. This is still THE BUFFALO BILLS we're talking about here!!
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1970 - Present / National Football League
1960 - 1969 / American Football League
1960 - Present / Buffalo Bills
Bills - The Buffalo Bills have been an iconic NFL team since its inception in 1960. Over the years, they've earned a loyal fanbase and become one of the most recognizable franchises in professional sports. But did you know that the Bills' nickname has a rich history? Let's take a look at how this beloved moniker came to be.
It all started when original owner Ralph Wilson Jr., from Michigan, decided on “Bills” as his team’s name in 1959 — two years before they joined the NFL! He chose it because of its connection to western New York state; specifically, he wanted to honor James F. "Buffalo" Johnson (a local legend) and William "Big Bill" Tatem (an early settler). The idea resonated with fans immediately and remains popular today!
In addition to paying tribute to these historical figures, there are other theories about why Wilson chose “Bills." Some believe it was simply due to its alliterative appeal or nod towards buffalo-style wings — which were popularized by Anchor Bar near downtown Buffalo during that period. Others think he used this spelling instead of “Bulls” or “Buffaloes” for marketing purposes. After all, having only four letters makes it easier for people to remember! Whatever his motivation may have been, we can certainly agree on one thing: choosing such an enduring nickname is worth celebrating!
No matter where your loyalties lie when watching football games each Sunday afternoon, you can't help but appreciate how particular this franchise truly is - especially considering the unique origin story behind their beloved moniker 'the Bills.' So next time you're cheering them on, make sure not to forget where they got their start...it just might surprise you what else lies beneath those blue-and-red jerseys!
Super Bowl 0
AFL Championships 2
2021 - Present / Highmark Stadium
2020 - 2020 / Bills Stadium
2016 - 2020 / New Era Field
1999 - 2016 / Ralph Wilson Stadium
1973 - 1998 / Rich Stadium
1960 - 1972 / War Memorial Stadium
2014 - Present / Terry and Kim Pegula
2014 / Estate of Ralph Wilson
1960 - 2014 / Ralph Wilson
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* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
12 / Jim Kelly
34 / Thurman Thomas
78 / Bruce Smith
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