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NFL Mt. Rushmore-Buffalo Bills

Written by Curt Popejoy on 07/08/2012

Every NFL Franchise has it’s own pantheon of football gods. That group of players who are not only historic in terms of talent, but even more than that, these are the players who you have to talk about when you tell the story of your team. This is part of a 32 article series where I tell you who I would put among that elite group. For this, it’s Mt. Rushmore. 4 players only. The 4 heads you would carve on a mountain that would live forever as the greatest in franchise history.

Now, I don’t profess to know the history of every franchise in the league. So, I did my research. And part of that was reaching out to you fans. But if you don’t agree with the 4 guys I have selected, come find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nfldraftboard and let me hear what you think.

Buffalo Bills-It's hard to think about the NFL in the 1990's without thinking about those great Buffalo Bills teams.  I don't much about the fact that they lost all 4 Super Bowls they were in.  It's a remarkable accomplishment to win the AFC 4 consecutive years and make it to 4 consecutive Super Bowls.  It's unfortunate that they lost all of them, but it doesn't change the fact that those teams were special.

1. Jim Kelly, QB-I watched every one of the 4 Super Bowl losses that Kelly quarterbacked and even though I wasn’t a Bills fan, my heart broke for him, because none of those losses were on him. Kelly was a dominant passing quarterback and a poised leader. Just the fact that he was able to rally his team year after year after those crushing losses says so much about what kind of player he was.

2. Bruce Smith, DE-I honestly wouldn’t have included Smith in this list. When I ran my original list by some Bills fans, I had Steve Tasker here as a sort of ceremonial pick. But Bills fans put me in my place quickly reminding me of the Bills all time sack leader and what a special part of Bills lore he is. I caved.

3. OJ Simpson, RB-This was the guy I thought they’d kick off. Being accused of murder and sitting in prison and all. But they stand behind their man. Judge him on the field the said so I did, and there might not be 5 better backs to ever play that game. I caved again.

4. Thurman Thomas, RB-Thomas is one of my all time favorite players. He was a guy I always wanted to be like and emulate in football. There was practically nothing he couldn’t go on the football field and was such a weapon for the Bills. 4 trips to the Super Bowl(like Smith and Kelly), a leave MVP and 3 times All Pro rounds out a remarkable NFL resume’..

Last Edited: 07/08/2012

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