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Elliot Harrison ranked the Top 5 Buffalo Bills of all-time

There could be a debate over Harrison's choice for No. 5.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com ranked his Top 5 Buffalo Bills of all-time. All of Harrison's choices are among the best Bills of all-time, but his choice for No. 5 may surprise some Bills fans.


Harrison's choice for No. 1 is no surprise. Bruce Smith is one of the greatest defensive players of all-time and the first ballot Hall of Famer is certainly deserving of the honor. Jim Kelly, another first ballot Hall of Famer, came in at No. 2. Kelly Buffalo's K-Gun offense and helped lead the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls. The quarterback is first all-time in completions, yards, and touchdowns.

The next two spots went to Bills running backs. Thurman Thomas took the third spot on Harrison's list and O.J. Simpson came in at No. 4. Both Hall of Fame backs rushed for over 10,000 yards during their careers with Buffalo, and the duo accounted for 122 rushing touchdowns. 

At No. 5, Harrison selected linebacker Mike Stratton. The linebacker played for the Bills from 1962-1972 and won two AFL Championships with the team. Stratton was a six-time AFL All-Star, a member of Buffalo's 25th and 50th anniversary team, and is on the team's Wall of Fame. He is most famous for the "Hit Heard 'Round the World." During Buffalo's AFL Championship game in 1964, Stratton tackled Chargers running back Keith Lincoln and took him out of the game. After the tackle, the Chargers were shutout for the remainder of the game.

Stratton is certainly deserving of the spot on the list, but you could make an argument for Hall of Famers such as Joe DeLamielleure, Billy Shaw, and Andre Reed. 

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