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Throwback Thursday: #24s in Bills history

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Bills CB Stephon Gilmore announced yesterday that he’ll be changing his number from 27 to 24 as he enters his sophomore year in the NFL, becoming the 17th player in Bills history to wear the number. This Throwback Thursday, here’s a look at the rich history of past Bills to don the number 24 on their jerseys.


Billy Kinard (1960) – The defensive back out of Mississippi had four interceptions in his one-year career for the Bills.

Booker Edgerson (1962-1969) – A Buffalo Bills legend, Booker Edgerson  was a cornerback for the 1964 and 1965 AFL Championship winning teams. He had two interceptions in his first ever game as a Bill, contributing to his 23 career interceptions for the team and a rookie season that earned him a spot on the AFL All-Rookie Team.  Edgerson was the recipient of the 1993 Ralph C. Wilson Award for his work in the Buffalo community, as well as a 2001 inductee into the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He is a past president of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Association.

Bob Gladieux (1970) – Gladieux played one year for the Bills between 2 year stints with the same team under different names: the Boston Patriots and the New England Patriots. He was a running back out of Notre Dame.

Ernie Kellerman (1973) – Kellerman found success and a career playing safety in the NFL, switching positions from quarterback at Miami of Ohio when he was drafted to a Dallas Cowboys team with no opening at the position. He went on to play in the 1969 Pro Bowl as a Cleveland Brown before coming to the Bills for his last season in the league.

Ken Stone (1973) – This defensive back and wide receiver out of Vanderbilt was drafted by the Redskins but found his way to the Bills that same year, playing only six games for the team. He split the number 24 with Kellerman that season.

Ed Jenkins (1974) – Jenkins made one catch for the Bills in his five game stint for the team.

Al Randolph (1974) – The 4th player in a row to hold the number 24 for less than a complete season, Randolph was a defensive back for the Bills in just three games.

Doug Jones (1976-1978) – Playing half of his NFL career for the Bills, this safety out of Cal-State Northridge tallied five interceptions for the team.

Lemar Parrish (1982) – Parrish was an eight-time Pro Bowler with the Cincinatti Bengals and Washington Redskins before ending his career with one season of play and one interception in Buffalo. He was the 1979 player of the year and a three time first-team All-Pro selection.

Gary Thompson (1983-1984) – A defensive back out of San Jose State, Thompson played his only two years in the NFL for the Bills, leaving the league after playing eight games in the 1984 season.

James Perryman (1985) – The safety recorded 2 sacks in his one year tenure on the team.

Johnny Shepherd (1987) – Shepherd played only two games in the NFL and for the Buffalo Bills as a replacement player during the 1987 player strike, coming from a successful career in the Canadian Football League, and leaving to play in the Arena Football League. In his two games for the Bills, he rushed 12 times for 42 yards.

Kurt Schulz (1992-1999) – Drafted by the Bills out of Eastern Washington University in the 7th round of the 1992 draft, the free safety made 223 tackles, 21 interceptions, and recovered four fumbles in his seven year career on the team. Shulz still lives in the area and is an active member of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Association.

Ray Hill (1998) – Signed by the Bills in 1998 as an undrafted rookie free agent, Hill played four games and made three tackles for the Bills before jumping to the Miami Dolphins after his rookie season.

Billy Jenkins (2002) – This defensive back out of Howard University retired after his only season with the Bills.

Terrence McGee (2003-2012) – The player to hold the number 24 for the most years on the Bills, McGee was a 4th round draft pick for the Bills in 2003. His productive career tied him for most touchdown returns in franchise history and earned him a spot in the 2004 Pro Bowl. He was the first player in the NFL to score touchdowns off of an interception and a kick return in the same game in 2005, and is one of only 13 NFL players to return five or more kicks for a touchdown. He played his whole career for the team before being released in February 2013.

Stephon Gilmore (2012- ) – The Bills 2012 1st round draft pick, Gilmore has yet to play a game as number 24. During his rookie season as number 27, he recorded 52 tackles, one interception and three forced fumbles.