Buffalo Bills fans, book your hotel rooms now! Bill Polian has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor.
Polian will join Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Junior Seau, Will Shields, contributor Ron Wolf, and senior nominee Mick Tingelhoff.
Polian was the architect a Bills team that made four consecutive Super Bowls. During his tenure with the Bills, he was named the NFL's Executive of the Year in 1988 and 1991. Polian later joined the team's Wall of Fame in 2012. This offseason, he was rumored to be taking a job as the team's football czar, but backed out after Kyle Orton retired and Doug Marrone opted out as head coach.
After his tenure with the Bills, Polian joined the Carolina Panthers. In their second NFL season, Polian built a roster that made it all the way to the NFC Championship. Polian's last stop in the NFL came with the Indianapolis Colts. In his first season with the Colts, Polian drafted Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick. The Colts won Super Bowl XLI with Polian serving as GM and Team President.
The contributor category was introduced this season with Polian and Wolf as the first finalists. Contributors often faced an uphill battle in terms of being inducted into the Hall of Fame against former players. Leading up to this year's vote, only nine contributors had been named to the Hall of Fame in the last 46 years.