This has been one of the most positively remembered offseasons in the history of the Buffalo Bills in terms of re-signing and extending core players and perhaps even more importantly, adding a pair of monster free agent acquisitions. Now, the Bills deserve a pat on the back for something they’ve done off the field as well.
Former general manager Bill Polian, who’s arguably more responsible than anyone for building the Buffalo squads that won four consecutive AFC championships, will finally gain entry to the team’s Wall of Fame this season.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” Polian told the Buffalo News this weekend. “I told Mr. Wilson I really couldn’t find words adequate to express my gratitude and happiness. It’s a milestone in my life and a milestone in the life of my family. … I have such a warm spot in my heart for Buffalo and all the friends we made there and all the wonderful times we had there. It’s just marvelous to come back and have this opportunity.”
Polian became the general manager late in 1985 and after being part of the group that brought in Bruce Smith and Andre Reed, Polian began constructing a product in 1986 that would contend for a Super Bowl almost annually.
Polian left following the 1992 and the divorce wasn’t pretty. To say there were some ill feelings between Polian and Ralph Wilson at the time and for several years that followed would be an understatement.
Quite thankfully, there’s clearly been a reconciliation.
I’m not exactly sure what’s come over Wilson since last season ended but rather than try to analyze, fans should simply enjoy what’s been a fun several months. The real question of course begins in the fall, when we start to find out if these Bills are for real as the rest of the league apparently thinks they are.