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All-Time Team QB nominee preview

Posted Feb 24, 2009

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The nominee list for the quarterback of the Bills 50th Season All-Time Team numbers five. Three were starters and two were valuable and talented reserves.

Remember you can register to vote for the 50th Season All-Time Team online at Buffalobills.com.

Here’s a brief preview of the men who manned the most important position on the field to provide a full picture of the candidates knowing only one can be chosen.

Joe Ferguson (1973-1984)
Second all-time in Bills history in pass attempts, completions, yards and touchdown passes, Joe Ferguson is probably best remembered for ending Buffalo’s 16-game losing streak at the Orange Bowl to Miami when he lead the Bills to a thrilling 38-35 overtime win over the Dolphins and spoiling Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s first career start.
 
Ferguson went 38-55 for 419 yards and five touchdowns, the second most prolific passing day in team history.

“Besides being extremely talented, Joe was an unbelievable leader,” said Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure. “He was the best leader of all the team sports I’ve ever played. He led by example.”

Jim Kelly (1986-1996)
The Bills all-time leading passer was obviously the leader of the four consecutive AFC title teams (1990-1993), was named to five Pro Bowls and is a Hall of Famer. Perhaps the game fans remember most from Kelly’s career was his last second two-yard touchdown plunge as time expired in the 1989 season opener at Miami to beat the Dolphins 27-24.

Jack Kemp (1962-1969)
Picked up off waivers from San Diego in 1962, Kemp is most remembered for leading the Bills to three AFL Championship games, winning two in 1964 and 1965.

A former AFL MVP (’65) and six-time All-AFL player, Kemp is the AFL’s all-time leader in pass attempts, completions and passing yards. He’s also just one of 20 players to play in the American Football League for its entire existence.

Kemp is in the AFL Hall of Fame and the Bills Wall of Fame and was a member of the Bills 25th Anniversary Team.

“Jack could throw sidearm as hard as he could over the top, he could zoom that ball in their real hard,” said former Bills receiver Elbert Dubenion. “He probably had the strongest arm of anyone I had ever played with.”

Daryle Lamonica (1963-1966)
Drafted by Buffalo in 1963, Lamonica was a competent reliever for head coach Lou Saban at quarterback capable of delivering a big play in the passing game to rally the team when the offense was sputtering.

“Daryle would come in and get the team going and he did that for two or three years and that helped us to win,” said former Bills WR Charley Ferguson.

Frank Reich (1985-1994)
A reliable backup quarterback behind Jim Kelly, Reich is best remembered for having a major hand in the league’s greatest comeback in the 1992 AFC Wild Card game against Houston. Down 35-3 in the third quarter, Reich went 21-34 for 289 yards and four touchdowns in the dramatic 41-38 overtime playoff victory. The win helped to propel Buffalo to their third straight AFC championship.