Bill Polian

CO-FOUNDER AND HEAD OF FOOTBALL

Hall of Famer Bill Polian is known for building multiple successful franchises during his 24 years as a General Manager. In all, his teams made 17 playoffs, eight conference championship games and five Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XLI with the Indianapolis Colts.

Polian began his career as an NFL scout for the Kansas City Chiefs (1978-1982). He rose to league prominence as the General Manager of the Buffalo Bills, building a dominant team that reached four straight Super Bowls—the most consecutive appearances by any team.

Bill would work in the NFL office as Vice President of Football Development in 1993 and 1994 before becoming General Manager of the expansion Carolina Panthers from 1995-1997. Under his leadership, Carolina advanced to the NFC Championship in only his second season at the time the only expansion team in any sport to do so.

From 1998-2011, Polian served as President and General Manager of the Indianapolis Colts. During his tenure, he drafted Peyton Manning and guided the team to eight division titles and two Super Bowl appearances, including a Super Bowl XLI victory over the Chicago Bears.

Polian is the only six-time recipient of the NFL Executive of the Year award and was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

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