A familiar face could be rejoining the Buffalo Bills in the near future. Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports that Bill Polian could return to the Bills in an unspecified role. If Polian returns to the Bills organization, the team will have to get creative with his title so that it doesn’t interfere with his Hall of Fame nomination. Polian was named a finalist to the new contributor category and will find out if he’s made the 2015 Hall of Fame class on January 31st.
Back in October, Jason La Canfora speculated that Terry and Kim Pegula would bring a “football man” on board to help them oversee the franchise. Polian could be that man and could join the team as a consultant. Bringing back a familiar face would likely be well received by Bills fans. The Pegulas did something similar with the Buffalo Sabres when they hired Pat LaFontaine as president of team operations. The LaFontaine move didn’t last long with the Sabres, but was a popular move amongst fans at the time.
Polian was with the Buffalo Bills from 1984-1993. He spent two years as the team’s Pro Personnel Director and was the General Manager of the Bills from 1986-1993. He’s responsible for assembling the “Super Bowl Bills,” a team that made four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. During his time in Buffalo, Polian won Executive of the Year in 1988 and 1991. Polian was recognized for all of his accomplishments with Buffalo on October 21, 2012 when he became a member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame.
After his time with the Bills, Polian worked with the Carolina Panthers (GM) and Indianapolis Colts (GM/Team President). He produced winning football teams at both stops and won a Super Bowl with the Colts. Currently, he serves as an NFL analyst and commentator for ESPN.
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