ANDERSON – "Never has one person owed so much to so many."
That line was the central theme of Bill Polian's Pro Football Hall of Fame speech on Saturday night.
Polian's constant thanks and gratitude to those who helped him reach football's highest individual honor was prevalent throughout his 15-minute speech in Canton, Ohio.
With the likes of Jim Irsay, Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning in the crowd on Saturday night, Polian offered plenty of praise for the incredible run he helped create in Indianapolis.
"Jim Irsay had a vision for his Colts and allowed us to help make it a reality," Polian said on Saturday.
"His generosity and loyalty gave us the tools to succeed. Thank you, Jim"
Wearing his Super XLI ring on Saturday night, Polian gave Dungy a ringing endorsement for future Hall of Fame induction.
"Tony Dungy, America's coach, what a joy to work with him," Polian said.
"We never doubted for a minute that through all the heartache and heartbreak we would win a Lombardi Trophy. Tony's example of courage, class, dignity and dedication in the face of unthinkable tragedy made us a better football team and more importantly better people. I look forward to his enshrinement in this hall."
On Saturday night, Polian started by paraphrasing Winston Churchill.
He ended things by quoting New York Yankees great Lou Gehrig
"Today, I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth."