Long time NFL General Manager and ESPN front office insider, Bill Polian, is walking away from the public spotlight.
Polian’s first opportunity in an NFL GM chair came with the Buffalo Bills in 1986. He had great success, but was ultimately fired after the team’s 3rd consecutive Super Bowl loss in the early 90s. The Bills managed to lose their 4th straight Super Bowl without the services of Polian.
It was his run with the Indianapolis Colts that cemented Polian’s Hall of Fame NFL career. He famously chose Peyton Manning number 1 over Washington State’s Ryan Leaf in the 1998. From there, the Colts were perennial AFC contenders ultimately winning Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears.
In 2012, Polian joined ESPN and became the network’s primary source when it came to contract negotiations and roster questions. After 7 years, Polian announced he was stepping away from football altogether this week.
“After talking it over with my family, we decided now is the right time to end this chapter of my life,” declared Polian. The Hall of Famer turned 76 in November.
Polian is expected to continue working with the Alliance of American Football. He helped Charlie Ebersol co-found the league, which launched last month.