PHOENIX – Former Buffalo Bills General Manager Bill Polian will find out Saturday whether something that he “never envisioned” for himself will become a reality.
Polian is among the finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A 46-member selection committee, consisting of media who cover the NFL, will meet in the Super Bowl XLIX Media Center to determine the Class of 2015 that will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, in August.
Polian, the only candidate this year with a Bills connection, and fellow former NFL GM Ron Wolf are the first two nominees for a contributor category that the Hall created last August. Each would require 80 percent of the vote from the committee, just as any of the 15 other finalists (which include 12 former players and three ex-coaches) and senior candidate Mick Tingelhoff.
The difference with Polian, Wolf and Tingelhoff is that their selection would not be made in lieu of a former player or coach.
Polian has maintained a humble approach to his nomination, saying, “Executives don’t do anything. It’s the coaches and players who do it.”
However, he was the main architect of the Bills teams that played in four consecutive Super Bowls in the 1990s and also built an Indianapolis Colts club that reached two Super Bowls and won one.
The other finalists are wide receivers Tim Brown and Marvin Harrison, running backs Jerome Bettis and Terrell Davis, linebackers Junior Seau and Kevin Greene, offensive linemen Will Shields and Orlando Pace, defensive back John Lynch, defensive lineman Charles Haley, quarterback Kurt Warner, kicker Morten Andersen, and coaches Tony Dungy, Jimmy Johnson and Don Coryell.
Polian could give the Bills a Hall inductee for the second year in a row. Former Bills receiver Andre Reed was inducted last year.