Bill Polian to be a 2015 Hall of Fame enshrinee
Two years after former Bills general manager Bill Polian saw his name go up on the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame, he will see his bronze bust added to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Polian was chosen for enshrinement as a member of the 2015 induction class Saturday by the 46-member panel of Hall of Fame Selectors.
Polian was one of two finalists in the newly added Contributor category along with former Green Bay GM Ron Wolf. He obtained the required 80 percent of the vote to gain induction.
“It’s an incredible honor that I never envisioned happening,” said Polian.
“The biggest thrill tonight,” he added via the Indy Star, “is to be able to share it with my family — and to have Jim Kelly and Peyton Manning (in attendance) here too because they’re the reason I’m here.”
A six-time NFL Executive of the Year (1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2009) by the Sporting News, an award bestowed upon him by his peers, Polian led three different franchises to conference title games.
He was the architect of the Buffalo Bills four consecutive AFC title teams (1990-93). Polian also quickly built the expansion Carolina Panthers into a contending team in the NFC as they advanced to the NFC title game in just their second year of existence.
The front office executive enjoyed his most consistent success in Indianapolis after he made Peyton Manning the number one overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft. Building a roster around the franchise quarterback, Polian led the Colts to eight division titles, three conference title games, two AFC titles and a Super Bowl championship.
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