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Buffalo Bills – Established 1960

The story of the Buffalo Bills begins when Ralph C. Wilson was awarded an AFL franchise on October 28. 1959. After a poor showing in their debut season that saw the Bills finish 5-8-1, they earned four of the first five picks in the subsequent AFL Draft. They used those picks to draft guys like Ken Rice and Billy Shaw. The Bills went on to test their new roster against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in the first and only game between the two leagues. Because of this, the Bills hold the dubious honor of being the only NFL tea in history to lose to a CFL team.
After that embarrassing loss, during the 1962 offseason, Buffalo began to tempt solid talent for the first time since joining the league. Buffalo’s biggest signing would be Jack Kemp who signed off waivers from the San Diego Chargers. Thanks to these new additions, the Bills went on to win two consecutive American Football League titles in 1964 and 1965 under head coach Lou Saban. The Bills had a chance to play in the first Super Bowl but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1966 AFC Title Game.
Before the start of the 1969 season, the Bills drafted running back O.J. Simpson who would go on to lead the franchise through the next decade. This included the Bills’ transition from the AFL to the NFL when the leagues merged before the 1971 season. The Bills would go on to win just three games that first season as a member of the AFC East along with the Patriots, Dolphins, Jets, and Colts.
Those early seasons set the tone for the Bills in the decades to come and the Bills would almost collapse in the mid-1980s. But, then in 1986, the team brought in several USFL players after the league’s collapse along with head coach Marv Levy.
From that point on, until the mid-1990s, the Bills were perennial contenders in the league. To break through and win a title, the Bills moved to a no-huddle, hurry-up offense with Jim Kelly at the helm.
This shift led to the Bills playing in a staggering four straight Super Bowl games between 1990 and 1993. They are the only team in NFL history to accomplish this. Unfortunately, they are also the only team in NFL history to lose four straight Super Bowl games.
Since then the Bills have struggled, but the recent iteration of this team might be the best in history. With Josh Allen leading the offense, the Bills are back on track and, once again, Super Bowl contenders.