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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; August 2, 1984 -- Bills hire Polian

It was one of those little transactions that merited a few paragraphs in this newspaper, and was merely a line in the transactions listing everywhere else.

The Bills had hired Bill Polian as the team's director of pro personnel.

Little did we know on that summer day in 1984 what a difference that would make.

Polian had worked with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chicago Blitz of the United States Football League, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He learned about the sport along the way.

After the equivalent of two seasons, Polian was hired as the Bills' general manager. Slowly but surely, he put together the team that went to four straight Super Bowls. He left Buffalo after the third of those Super Bowls and took over the expansion Carolina Panthers.

Polian left Carolina in 1997 and moved on to Indianapolis. He's won every step of the way. Polian certainly ranks as one of the most important people in Bills' football history.

-- Budd Bailey

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