Bills Polian has been selected as a Contributor finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Polian was selected along with Ron Wolf by the Hall of Fame’s Contributor Committee that met Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

If inducted, Polian would become the 10th member of the Bills Wall of Fame to eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Polian and Wolf will join senior nominee Mick Tingelhoff and 15 yet-to-be-named Modern Era finalists from which the Class of 2015 will be selected. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection meeting will be held on Jan. 31, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona, the day before Super Bowl XLIX. Tingelhoff was the nominee of the Seniors Committee that met in Canton in August.

“It’s an incredible honor that I never envisioned happening,” Polian commented.

Polian is most noted for turning the fortunes of three different teams that included a combined five Super Bowl appearances by the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts. He guided the Bills to four straight AFC Eastern Division titles and earned three straight Super Bowl berths after winning the AFC championship in 1990-92.

As the general manager of the expansion Carolina Panthers, he helped build a team that advanced to the NFC championship in just its second season.

Polian next served as President/General Manager of the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2011 during which time the club captured eight division crowns and advanced to a pair of Super Bowls including a win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

The two Contributor finalists must receive the same 80 percent voting support that is required of all finalists. The Hall’s Selection Committee, at its annual meeting in January will consider 18 finalists, including one Senior (Tingelhoff), two Contributors (Polian and Wolf), and 15 Modern Era candidates for a class no smaller than four or larger than eight.

The selection of two Contributors is a result of bylaws modification to the selection process that was approved by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees this past August. Contributors have previously been part of the Modern Era nomination list that included coaches and players. The change was precipitated by the fact that since 1963, when the Hall of Fame first opened, only 19 Contributors have been elected and 10 of those were elected in the first five Hall of Fame classes, including six as Charter Members.

Like the Senior finalist, the Contributor finalists will now be voted on for election independent of all other finalists.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 will be formally enshrined during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio on August 7-9, 2015. The Enshrinement ceremony is televised nationally by the Hall of Fame’s broadcast partners, NFL Network and ESPN.

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