The team plays its home games at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Founded in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), they joined the NFL in 1970 following the AFL-NFL merger. The Bills' name is derived from an All-America Football Conference (AAFC) franchise from Buffalo that was in turn named after western frontiersman Buffalo Bill.
Drawing much of its fanbase from Western New York, the Bills are the only NFL team that plays home games in that state. Established October 28, 1959; 62 years ago. Headquartered in the ADPRO Sports Training Center (Orchard Park, New York).AFL championships (pre-1970 AFL-NFL merger) (2). AFC: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993. AFL Eastern: 1964, 1965, 1966. AFC East: 1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2020, 2021. AFL: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966. NFL: 1974, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021. The Bills won consecutive AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965, the only major professional sports championships from a team representing Buffalo.
After joining the NFL, they became perennial postseason contenders during the late 1980s to the late 1990s. Their greatest success occurred between 1990 and 1993 when they appeared in a record four consecutive Super Bowls; an accomplishment often overshadowed by them losing each game. From the early 2000s to the mid-2010s, the Bills endured the longest playoff drought of 16 years in the four major North American professional sports, making them the last NFL franchise and the last in the four leagues to qualify for the postseason in the 21st century.
Alongside the Minnesota Vikings, their four Super Bowl appearances are the most among NFL franchises that have not won the Super Bowl. The Buffalo Bills have retired three numbers in franchise history: No. 12 for Jim Kelly, No. 34 for Thurman Thomas and No. Despite the fact that the Bills have retired only three jersey numbers, the team has other numbers no longer issued to any player or in reduced circulation.Since the earliest days of the team, the number 31 was not supposed to be issued to any other 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.
In the first three decades of the team's existence, the number 31 was only seen once: in 1969, when reserve running back Preston Ridlehuber damaged his number 36 jersey during a game, equipment manager Tony Marchitte gave him the number 31 jersey to wear while repairing the number 36. The number 31 was not issued again until 1990 when first round draft choice James J. Number 32 had been withdrawn from circulation, but not retired, after O.
Former owner Ralph Wilson insisted on not reissuing the number, even after Simpson's highly publicized murder case and later robbery conviction. The number was placed back into circulation in 2019 with Senorise Perry wearing the number that year; as of 2021, it was worn by practice squad cornerback Rachad Wildgoose.
Receiver Jake Kumerow wears the number as of 2021. Number 1 has also only rarely been used, for reasons never explained. While there is no proper explanation, Tommy Hughitt was a player-coach for the early Buffalo teams in the New York Pro Football League and NFL from 1918 to 1924 and was both a major on-field success and a fixture in Buffalo culture after his retirement as a politician and auto salesman.
Hugitt was reported to wear number 1 during this time. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is the most recent Bill to wear the number; prior to his arrival in 2021, it had been 19 years since it had been worn in the regular season, when kicker Mike Hollis wore it in 2002. 1994 - George "Butch" Byrd.1997 - Jim Ritcher, Charley Ferguson. 1998 - Stew Barber, Ed Rutkowski. 1999 - Fred Smerlas, Reggie McKenzie. 2000 - Darryl Talley, Ernie Warlick.
2001 - Steve Tasker, Kent Hull. 2007 - Lou Piccone, Denny Lynch. 2011 - Scott Norwood. 2014 - Russ Brandon. Quarterback Jim Kelly was the first Bills player to have his number retired.
Hall of Fame WR Andre Reed. Hall of Fame RB O. Defensive end Bruce Smith holds the NFL record for quarterback sacks. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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