The Buffalo Bills have been headquartered in Orchard Park, New York ever since they were established in 1959. The Bills are currently part of the East Division of the AFC, and have been in that division since 1970. They play all of their home games at the same place they are headquartered at, in the Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. Their team colors are Royal Blue, Red, and White. The Bills mascot is Billy Buffalo, a large 8 foot tall blue buffalo, which became their full-time mascot in 2000; if you are ever at a game, he isn’t hard to miss. The Buffalo Bills have had some great players and coaches along the way, and continue to impress fans to this day.
Bills Brief Team History
Being established as an AFL league franchise in 1959, and they finally joined the NFL in 1970 after the AFL and the NFL merged. They had a hard time getting to where they are at today, as they were one of three different professional teams that played in New York. They finally bested these other teams by outlasting them and proving their worth. This would make the Buffalo Bills the second NFL team to represent the city.
Their career started out in the AFL, where they managed to win two AFL championships, which is one reason they were picked to join the NFL during the merger. Once they joined the NFL, they have been unable to win a Super Bowl, but have won four Conference titles, and seven Division titles. The interesting fact about the Bills is that they have had the same owner for over 53 years, and the man behind the title is Ralph Wilson. Ralph Wilson was actually the owner, as well as the head coach of the Bills for a long period of time.
Notable Bills Figures
With their extensive history, they have been able to acquire and make use of some great individuals. History may be repeating itself, as the Bills continue to gain some great people for their team.
Past Bills Figures
O.J. Simpson is a man of many controversies, but before all of that he was an amazing Running Back with tons of potential. He started his career playing for the Bills in 1969, after being picked first during the first round of the NFL draft. He has since been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, along with many great feats like being named the NFL Rushing champion four times. He was certainly an influential player on the Bills roster.
Thurman Thomas is another great Bills Running Back that had his debut in 1988. He managed to get over 12,000 rushing yards, and 88 touchdowns during his career. Apart from the amazing performances he has had, he was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and has won the Offensive Player of the Year award in 1992.
Bruce Smith was a Defensive End that played for the Bills from 1985 to 1999, showing an impressive 200 sacks during his career, which is an NFL record. He was a huge influence in getting the Bills to the 1990 Super Bowl, even though they ended up losing. He was truly an amazing defensive end, being able to force fumbles and loss of yards.
Present Bills Figures
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the current Buffalo Bills Quarterback, even though he started his career elsewhere, he is certainly making Buffalo his favorite. He posted incredible stats during his 2010 and 2011 seasons, posting up more than 3,000 yards. He is a great quarterback and team captain, being able to lead the Bills during this 2012 season.
C.J. Spiller is one Running Back that is having a great career playing for the Bills; and the Bills are notorious for acquiring great RB’s. Even though he wasn’t doing as well when he first joined the Bills in 2010, he is certainly using all of his previous experience during this season; he is posting up more rushing yards than he had last season.
Steve Johnson is the Bills main Wide Receiver ever since 2010; he started in 2008. Once they made him first string, he has taken full advantage of this and has been able to get over 1,000 yards since 2010. With his great ability, and his increase in skill and experience will certainly make the Bills offense much stronger throughout the present and upcoming seasons.
Present Team Personnel
The Buffalo Bills have had a very stable history, as their owner has remained the same ever since they started; their owner is Ralph Wilson. He named Russ Brandon as the CEO and has left most of the day-to-day operations to him, seeing as old age has kicked in. Chan Gailey was made head coach in 2010, and has been making positive changes to the team, which might bring in a lot more success for this great team.