Dec. 30, 1985 – The Bills were just about ready to leave the wilderness, thanks to a hiring made on this day.
Buffalo was coming off consecutive 2-14 seasons at that point. That might have made it the worst franchise in the NFL at the time. It was no surprise, then, when Bills’ owner Ralph Wilson fired General Manager Terry Bledsoe and replaced him with Bill Polian.
The new man had spent time in the United States Football League and the Canadian Football League before coming to Buffalo. Polian wasn’t tough to find, since he was already serving as the team’s director of pro personnel.
Polian became the architect of the teams that reached the Super Bowl four straight times. No team is going to top that in the near future.
Polian went on to be a general manager in Carolina and Indianapolis. Now he's one of the relatively few executives to be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.