CANTON, Ohio (WIVB) – Bill Polian, who helped build the Bills powerhouse that would go to four straight Super Bowls, took his place among the game’s all-time greats Saturday night at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Polian, who served as General Manager for the Bills, Panthers, and Colts in his career, reflected on all of his NFL stops tonight, but spent a great deal of time reflecting on his time with the Bills.
“Buffalo’s boys of autumn,” said Polian. “They brought a team, a town, and a dream together like few others in NFL history. To all the players and coaches from all our teams, it has been such a joy to watch you grow and achieve so many great things.”
He touched on late Bills owner Ralph Wilson, “to whom I owe a debt I can never repay.”
“He took, in his words, a chance on a young guy with promise, and gave us the support to build one of the most memorable teams in league history,” said Polian.
Bills Hall of Fame head coach Marv Levy presented Polian tonight. The former Bills GM had a moving tribute to Levy during the last part of his speech.
“Four decades ago, he took an interest in an obscure scout who’s reports impressed him. That was me. But for Marv, I would not have a career in pro football, let alone be standing here. He is my mentor, my role model, my friend. I have very often failed to live up to his example, but I never failed to continue to try,” said Polian.
After his speech, Polian posed alongside some of the Bills’ greats who are also in the Hall of Fame – the majority of them, from those great teams of the 1990’s.