Bills Hall of Famers welcome Bill Polian to the club

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 file photo, former team general manager Bill Polian on the Atlanta Falcons sidelines before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 to the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with Bill Polian, Ron Wolf, and senior selection Mick Tingelhoff. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

CANTON, Oh. (WIVB) – Bill Polian will officially join the club this Saturday, one of many from the Bills Super Bowl era to take his place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Much like last summer with Andre Reed, the celebration will also serve as a reunion for some of the players and coaches from those teams. News 4 Sports caught up with a few of them today, as Polian gets ready to receive his gold jacket tonight.

Asked if the Bills would have gone to the Super Bowl without Polian, Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith simply said “No.” “There were critical pieces that were assembled while he was the GM with the Buffalo Bills. Namely Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Cornelius Bennett and so many others,” said Smith.

“He loved it,” said Hall of Fame Bills head coach Marv Levy. “He enjoyed working with all the people in the organization, with the fans. Once in a while he might explode, his temper would go off the edge. He was high-powered in that regard – but he still cared about everybody, including the fans, very much so.”

Levy will present Polian this Saturday at the induction ceremony. News 4 Sports will have coverage throughout the week from Canton leading up to the enshrinement.

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