Former Buffalo Bills general manager Bill Polian joins Vic Carucci and Tim Graham on this week's [BN] Blitz Podcast to discuss becoming a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Polian, an NFL analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM NFL Radio, learned Wednesday that he and fellow former GM Ron Wolf are the first finalists to be selected in the new contributor category for the Hall.
They will join senior nominee Mick Tinglehoff and 15 yet-to-be-named modern-era finalists from which the Class of 2015 will be selected. The Hall's selection committee will meet on the morning of Jan. 31 in Phoenix, Arizona, the day before Super Bowl XLIX, to vote on the newest inductees, who will be revealed that night.
The Class of 2015 will be formally enshrined during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 7-9.
Polian, who joined the Bills as director of pro personnel in 1984 and took over as their GM after the 1985 season and held the job through 1992, was the chief architect of the Buffalo teams that won four consecutive AFC titles in the 1990s. He also put together the expansion Carolina Panthers club that reached the NFC Championship Game in only its second season and assembled the Indianapolis Colts club that reached two Super Bowls, winning the first.
Vic and Tim also will preview Sunday's AFC East showdown between the Bills and Jets at MetLife Stadium, and answer questions submitted via Twitter to @viccarucci and @ByTimGraham with #BlitzMailbag.