Former Indianapolis Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 8, 2015 in Canton, Ohio.
“I am thrilled with Bill Polian’s well-deserved induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “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.”
Polian spent 14 seasons (1998-2011) with the Colts. He originally joined the club in 1998 as the team’s General Manager and was later promoted to Vice Chairman. Under his direction, the Colts posted a 143-81 (.638) regular-season record, which ranked as the second-best mark in the NFL during that span. The team made the postseason 11 times (1998-99, 2002-2010) and won eight division titles (1999, 2003-07, 2009-2010) during Polian’s tenure. Indianapolis also made two Super Bowl appearances (2006, 2009), winning Super Bowl XLI.
The Colts set NFL records for the most wins in a decade (115) from 2000-09 and the most consecutive regular-season victories (23) from 2008-09. Polian’s expertise was prevalent in the NFL Draft as he was responsible for picks such as Peyton Manning (1998), Edgerrin James (1999), Reggie Wayne (2001), Dwight Freeney (2002), Dallas Clark (2003), Robert Mathis (2003), Bob Sanders (2004), Joseph Addai (2006), Pierre Garcon (2008) and Anthony Castonzo (2011). Polian also found key free agents in Jeff Saturday, Mike Vanderjagt, Gary Brackett and Adam Vinatieri.
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