Play in and headquartered in Ralph Wilson Stadium
Orchard Park, New York
American Football League (1960-1969)
|Team colors||Midnight Navy, Red, Royal Blue, Nickel, White
|General manager||Buddy Nix|
|Head coach||Chan Gailey|
|League championships (2)
|Conference championships (4)
|Division championships (10)
|Playoff appearances (17)|
The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the metropolitan area of Buffalo, New York. They play their home games in the suburb of Orchard Park, and since 2008 have played one home game per season in Toronto. They are members of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). 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.
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 ever to play in four consecutive Super Bowl games, though they lost all four. Since the NFL's expansion to 32 teams in 2002 the Bills are the only AFC non-expansion team to not make the playoffs.
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.
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, near New York City. 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 Bills Toronto Series in 2008, they are also the only team to play home games in Canada. The Toronto Series has fueled rumors that the team is considering relocating there once the Bills are sold after Wilson's passing. However, the franchise has tremendous support in the Western New York region.
On January 4, 2010 the Bills informed their entire coaching staff that they were free to seek employment with other teams, in an effort to renew and revitalize the struggling organization. On January 19, 2010, the Bills named Chan Gailey as their next head coach.
When the Bills began playing in 1960, the team's colors were royal blue, white, and silver, very similar to that of the Detroit Lions. The team wore blue jerseys with gray numbers and white jerseys with blue numbers. The helmets were all silver with blue numbers on the side.
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 while the Colts have since been realigned to the AFC South, though the New York Jets--who wore white helmets until 1978--have since switched back to white helmets.) Then in 2002, a darker shade of blue and nickel were introduced, along with red and white pipe trimming on the jerseys and pants. The original shades of red and blue, however, were contained as striping colors. They are also still used on their logos.
In the same year in 2002, as per the advice of Tom Donahoe, the Bills white uniforms went through a radical change. The white uniforms include a red stripe on the sides and are dark blue along the shoulders of the uniforms. The current white uniforms are worn for most Bills road games. The current helmet is deep 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 1980s-era running buffalo. The current helmet bison logo is royal blue, with a red streak, white horn and eyeball with a royal blue pupil.
In 2005, the Bills revived the standing bison helmet and uniform of the mid-1960s as an alternate uniform.
The Bills usually wear the all-blue combination at home and the all-white combination on the road when not wearing the throwback kit. They have not worn blue on white since 2006, while the white on blue has not been worn since 2007.
Buffalo Bills roster
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.
|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|
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
Buffalo Bills staff
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
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.
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 (Film)
|National Football League (2010)|
|Denver Broncos||Baltimore Ravens||Houston Texans||Buffalo Bills|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Cincinnati Bengals||Indianapolis Colts||Miami Dolphins|
|Oakland Raiders||Cleveland Browns||Jacksonville Jaguars||New England Patriots|
|San Diego Chargers||Pittsburgh Steelers||Tennessee Titans||New York Jets|
|Arizona Cardinals||Chicago Bears||Atlanta Falcons||Dallas Cowboys|
|St. Louis Rams||Detroit Lions||Carolina Panthers||New York Giants|
|San Francisco 49ers||Green Bay Packers||New Orleans Saints||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Seattle Seahawks||Minnesota Vikings||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Washington Redskins|
|Seasons (by team) · Playoffs · AFC Championship · NFC Championship · Super Bowl (Champions) · All-Pro · Pro Bowl
League Championship History: AFL Championship (1960–1969) · NFL Championship (1920–1969) · One-game playoff · Playoff Bowl
|Defunct franchises · Owners · Officials · Stadiums (chronology) · Records (individual, team, Super Bowl) · Hall of Fame · Lore · Nicknames · AFL · Merger · History in Los Angeles, Toronto (Bills Series) · International Series · Europa (World Bowl) · TV · Radio · Management Council · NFLPA · Player conduct · Draft · Training camp · Preseason (Hall of Fame Game, American Bowl) · Kickoff · Monday Night Football · Thanksgiving Classic · Christmas games · Playoff droughts|
|Established 1959 |
Play in Orchard Park, New York
American Football League (1960-1969)
National Football League (1970–present)
|Team colors|| Dark Navy, Red, Royal Blue, Nickel, White (2002 through present)|
Royal Blue, Scarlet Red, White (1963 through 2001)
Royal Blue, Nickel, White (1960 through 1961)
|Head Coach||Dick Jauron|
| League Championships (2)
| Conference Championships (4)
| Division Championships (10)
The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team located in Buffalo, New York. They are members of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Bills began started playing in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger.
The Bills won two American Football League titles in 1964 and 1965, but the team has not won a league championship since the merger. Buffalo is also the only team to win four American Football Conference Championships one right after the other, though they did not win any of the four Super Bowls they played in then.