Vote: Who Is the Greatest Quarterback in Bills History?


Jim Kelly, Jack Kemp, Doug Flutie, Joe Ferguson

Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best QB in each team’s history.

Jim Kelly: Kelly is most well known for losing four consecutive Super Bowls, but it’s an accomplishment in itself to even lead a team to that many AFC championships.

Kelly was drafted by the Bills with the No. 14 overall pick in 1983, but instead chose to play in the start-up USFL. After a record-setting two seasons with the Houston Gamblers, the league folded and Kelly returned to the Bills, who still retained his rights.

In Buffalo, Kelly made the no-huddle offense popular under head coach Marv Levy and led one of the best teams of the 1990s. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Joe Ferguson: Ferguson was drafted in the third round of the 1973 NFL draft and immediately started for the Bills.

Ferguson made three playoff appearances with the team and went 1-3, beating the Jets in 1981. He played with the Bills for 12 seasons, leading them to a 77-86 record as a starter.

Ferguson ranks 18th all time in the NFL with 20 fourth-quarter comebacks.

Jack Kemp: The Bills got one of the great bargains in football history when they picked Kemp off waivers from the Chargers for a $100 fee.

Kemp was one of the greatest AFL quarterbacks of all time. He led the Bills to championships in 1964 and 1965, was the league MVP in 1965 and owns many league passing records, including career yards and completions.

He later went on to serve in the New York House of Representatives, and he was a vice presidential candidate in the 1996 election with Bob Dole.

Doug Flutie: The undersized Boston College graduate may be best known for his CFL and collegiate career, but he also had a very solid three-year stretch in Buffalo.

Flutie went 21-9 as a starter during that stretch and made the Pro Bowl in 1998. In 1999, Flutie led the team to a 10-5 record as a starter, but was bizarrely replaced by Rob Johnson in the playoffs.

The Bills lost to the Titans in their first game of the playoffs due to the now-infamous Music City Miracle.

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