The Buffalo Bills have enshrined 28 members into their Wall of Fame. They will all be honored this Sunday in Buffalo. Their names are inscribed on the ring at the top of Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills decided not to induct anybody into their Wall of Fame this season, the first time since 2009 that a new name will not be added to the ring.
Pickings may become slim for the Bills in the coming years. After all, this is a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 13 years. They’ve almost exhausted the players worthy from the early 90s team that went to four straight Super Bowls. nine of the last 12 inductees played for those Super Bowl teams and a 10th, Bill Polian, was their general manager.
That doesn’t include head coach Marv Levy, who was enshrined in 1996 while he was still active as the coach. There are still a few names that could be added to the ring that played on those teams, and even a few players from the late 90s who may have earned a spot themselves.
Overall, it’s a sad state of affairs for the Bills when you have to dig deep to find someone in the past decade whose name is worthy of being added to the ring. Maybe some of the current players can make their way up there, but there is a long way to go before that conversation happens.
Even so, the Bills have inducted someone into their Wall of Fame every season since 1984 with the exception of ’09, so I’d expect that they’ll have someone ready to go next season.
LB Cornelius Bennett is the last great player from the Super Bowl teams not to go in. After that, there likely is only two guys from the post-Super Bowl era that would receive serious consideration — G Ruben Brown and WR Eric Moulds. It stands to reason that inductions for the Wall will be few and far between over the next decade.
The hope is that some of these younger players on the Bills will build a new legacy and have their own section of the Wall, much like the early 90s team. Until they do, there won’t be much room needed for new names up there.