Bill Polian To Enter Pro Football Hall Of Fame

Intro: Former Colts General Manager Bill Polian will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The man who helped architect the Colts 2006 Super Bowl team is bound for Canton, Ohio.

Former General Manager and Team President Bill Polian was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Polian will become the 15th person affiliated with the Colts to don a gold jacket.

"I am thrilled with Bill Polian's well-deserved induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame," said Owner & CEO Jim Irsay in a team release.

"Bill's career has been remarkable and he has had an incredible impact on our league. My relationship with Bill goes back to when we were both general managers and worked together and with others to create the League's salary cap. Aside from being a great executive, Bill had the innate ability to evaluate and look at a player and identify greatness. To me, that was his greatest talent and what set him apart from everyone else. Bill's dedication to the NFL and to the Colts will always be remembered. I am proud to call him a Colt, and congratulate him on this great achievement."

For the second straight year, Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison saw their Hall of Fame candidacy end at the finalist stage.

In August, the Pro Football Hall of Fame introduced a "contributor" category. General managers, like Polian, fall under this umbrella.

The driving force behind Polian's induction was his ability to build championship level teams at three different NFL stops.

Polian helped the Bills to one of the greatest four-year runs in NFL history during the early 1990s.

He served as General Manager for the Bills from 1986-1992, ending his tenure there with three straight Super Bowl appearances.

The next stop in Polian's 32-year NFL career was Carolina (1995-1997), where the task was building a team from scratch.

In just the Panthers second NFL season, they made the NFC Championship.

The final destination for Polian was Indianapolis.

In 15 seasons with the Colts, Polian pieced together teams that won eight division titles culminating in a Super Bowl victory over the Chicago Bears (XLI).

Saturday's deliberation of candidates took nearly nine hours for the 46 writers analyzing the 18 finalists.

Polian will be inducted with the following members of the 2015 class: Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff and Ron Wolf.

The enshrinement ceremony will take place in Canton, Ohio on the weekend of August 7-9.

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