The Buffalo Bills’ Billy Shaw

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Autographed 1963 Fleer Billy Shaw

#28 – Billy Shaw

Billy Shaw holds a unique position in professional football history.  A guard for the Buffalo Bills from 1961-1969, in 1999, Shaw became the first person inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame to play his entire career in the AFL.  Among the other accolades that Shaw has earned are being named to eight consecutive AFL All-Star Games, being an eight-time All-AFL selection, a two-time AFL champion, a member of the All-Time AFL First Team, a member of the Bills Wall of Fame and the Bills 50th Anniversary Team.

Though they were overshadowed by their great defense, the Bills teams of the mid-1960s had some potent offensive stars as well, in Shaw, quarterback Jack Kemp and running back Cookie Gilchrist.  In this 2003 interview for buffalobills.com, Billy Shaw discusses how he broke into the league, adapted to a new position, and ultimately helped lead his team to consecutive league championships.

Todd Tobias (775 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.



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2 Responses to The Buffalo Bills’ Billy Shaw

  1. Jeff says:

    As a lifelong Bills fan, I have always been of the opinion that in order to be considered among the greatest Bills of all time, being a member of the championship teams comes first. Hall of Fame second. Career Bill is on the list also. Mr. Shaw is All Time Buffalo Bill personified. I had the honor of watching him play towards the end of his career on some not so great teams, but at least I can say I had the opportunity to watch the greatest team in AFL history play.

  2. Todd:

    “Shaw became the first person inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame to play his entire career in the AFL”

    Billy IS the first AND ONLY person inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame to play his entire career in the AFL

    Put another, and more telling, way, Shaw is the only person inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame WHO NEVER PLAYED A DOWN IN THE NFL.

    I guess that allows them to call it the “pro football” Hall of Fame rather than the “NFL Hall of Fame”, which, for all intents and purposes, it is. See the AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE Hall of Fame at http://www.remembertheafl.com/AFLHallOfFame.htm

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