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16. Cookie Gilchrist

Gilchrist was signed to (what had to be an illegal) contract by the Cleveland Browns to a contract when he was still in high school.  The Browns reneged, and he would forego college to play in an amateur league in Canada before he was old enough to play in the Canadian Football League.  He played there for five years, winning a Grey Cup with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and in 1961 he would finally play pro in the United States when he traveled around Lake Ontario to play for the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League.

Our All-Time Top 50 Buffalo Bills have been revised

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  That being said, we have existing Top 50 lists out and we always consistently look to update them when we can and based on necessity. As such, we are very happy to present the second revision of our top 50 Buffalo Bills of all-time.

As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2.  Traditional statistics and how they finished in the National Football League. 

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

This one went a complete overhaul, which was reflected in our top five as seen below.

The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Bruce Smith

2. Thurman Thomas

3. O.J. Simpson

4. Bart Starr

5. Andre Reed

O.J. Simpson moved up from #5, which moved Jim Kelly and Andre Reed down one spot.

We had a colossal error in that former Fullback, Cookie Gilchrist was omitted from our first list.  He appears at #16.  

Former Running Back, Joe Cribbs also should have been on our initial top 50.  He enters at #34.  Another Running Back, LeSean McCoy debuts at #39. 

The other additions are Defensive End, Mario Williams (#44), Linebacker, Bryce Paup (#45), Linebacker, John Tracey (#46) and Defensive Tackle, Marcell Dareus (#48).

We welcome your input and commentsand as always, we thank you for your support.

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130. Cookie Gilchrist

Cookie Gilchrist had a bizarre road to the pro football in the United States, and dare we say had he never crossed the path of Paul Brown, the owner of the Cleveland Browns, and he could have been a household name in the 1960s.

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