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Bill Polian finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Buffalo Bills general manager Bill Polian is a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Polian and fellow former NFL GM Ron Wolf learned today that they are the first two nominees for a new contributors category at the Hall created last August. Each would need 80 percent of the vote from selection committee that will gather on Jan. 31 in Arizona to pick the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Polian, an NFL analysts for ESPN and SiriusXM NFL Radio, was the chief architect of the Bills' teams that won four consecutive AFC championships from 1990-93.

He also built the Indianapolis Colts clubs, led by Peyton Manning (whom Polian made the top overall pick of the 1998 draft) that reached two Super Bowls and won one. In addition, Polian made the expansion Carolina Panthers a contender in only their second season of existence.

Polian received the news of his nomination in a phone call from Hall of Fame president and executive director David Baker while in Western New York for a series of book-store signings for his recently released book, "The Game Plan."

"After telling me that I had been selected as a finalist, he said, 'Do you have any quotes?'" Polian recalled. "I think I stammered repeatedly and said, 'I'm speechless, I'm speechless. I never envisioned this.' And then I said, 'For a media guy, I guess I should have some quotes that are reasonably intelligent, but I don't. I'm speechless.'"

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