Former Bills center Kent Hull dies at 50

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Center Kent Hull, the anchor of the Bills’ offensive line during four consecutive trips to the Super Bowl in the early 1990s, has died, according to numerous media reports.  Hull was 50.

According to the Buffalo News, Hull’s passing has been confirmed by officials at Mississippi State University, where Hull played college football.  No cause of death has been reported.

Hull played for the Bills from 1986 through 1996, appearing in 170 regular-season games.  He was added to the team’s Wall of Fame in 2002.

We extend our condolences to Hull’s family, friends, teammates, and coaches.

59 responses to “Former Bills center Kent Hull dies at 50

  1. Contrary to popular belief, the K-Gun that the Bills ran in the 90’s was named after Kent Hull, not Jim Kelly. Hull is hands down one of the best, most underrated centers to ever play.

    RIP Kent.

  2. What a great man!! Bills Nation has lost a great human being and awesome football player.

  3. Thanks for all you’re hard work #67, fifty one is way to young. From PFT nation, all our best to the Hull family

  4. Former players dying way too young, and people still complain about the league cracking down on what frequently causes it.


  5. @gtorlone says: Oct 18, 2011 8:14 PM

    Contrary to popular belief, the K-Gun that the Bills ran in the 90′s was named after Kent Hull, not Jim Kelly.

    Not true. Named after Keith McKeller.

  6. Has anyone else noticed in the last decade the large number of former NFL players who have died rather young? Maybe it’s no different than the national average, but it sure seems high.

    Peace & comfort to all who are affected by Hull’s passing.

  7. The “K” Gun was names after Keith McKeller as per Marv Levy himself.

    This is a shocker. The guy was probably one of the most respected Buffal Bill player of all time.

  8. How Hull isn’t in the Hall of Fame boggles my mind. One of the best offensive lineman to ever play the game, and that is an understatement. RIP, Kent. You will be missed.

  9. Damn…don’t tell me these guys don’t earn their money; that is way too young and it seems a lot of ex-players die in their early 50’s.

    Sad to hear it. RIP Kent!

  10. Who the hell are the spineless maggots who has been giving thumbs downs to the posts where people have been giving Kent props for a great career? You are the people who should be in the obituaries. Makes me sick

  11. RIP Kent.

    I’d like to see a study that controls for confounding factors (such as bodyweight) to see if these guys are dying any younger than their counterparts in society who were also carrying around a lot of weight. That’s tough on anybody’s heart. My guess would be they actually aren’t dying younger than the national average, but we hear about it b/c they played in the NFL. Working in the medical field, I unfortunately see quite a few people this age passing too soon.

    Again, my condolences.

  12. @nflfollower

    I appreciate the way you are looking at the situation, but I disagree. While the cause of death here is still yet to be known, most of the offensive linemen that have died young have not died in heart related aliments. There have also been studies that look at life range compared to weight, and while people who are overweight do lose years off their lives on average, they do not regularly die at age 51.

    This case aside (for all we know he could have died of cancer, or some other non-football related, tragic problem) I think it’s becoming increasingly conclusive that football is very hard on the body, and does significantly (in some cases) effect your life expectancy.

    Whether that should alter NFL policy is another issue.

  13. Much too young to die. My condolences to the Hull family. I cannot understand how anybody can give a thumbs down to posts expressing their sympathies. RIP!

  14. Here we go with the 12 year olds giving thumbs down because they are so rebellious.

    RIP, my man. And God bless!

  15. This is an absolute tragedy. Jim Kelly will be the first one to tell you this guy was the key to the success of the Bills offense in the early ’90s. Hopefully he’ll be in the Hall someday. I loved this guy as a kid, a true warrior on the field. It’s a real shame. RIP sir.

  16. WOW! He was one hell of a player in college and the pros, and a great guy. The world got a bit darker today!

  17. Contrary to popular believe gtorlone has no idea what he’s talking about. The k gun was named after tight end Keith mckeller. Next time use ‘the google’ before you post.
    Rip #67

  18. Kent, great career in Buffalo, thank you for that. And RIP Kent, you were well loved here in Buffalo.
    Condonlences to his family and friends.

  19. Oct 18, 2011 8:24 PM

    A lot of ex-NFLers dying at ages 50-55. It’s not a coincidence.

    My thought as well, they are all late 40’s to mid 50’s what the he11 were they popping then, they must have been doped with poison!

    how many of the bills players who played from 86-96 is dead? some journalist should look that up, or some lawyer from this site

    anyway, my thought to his family!

  20. Is it the pounding of the football life? Is it the fact that they’re huge guys too heavy with bad hearts? Why all the linemen die so young? Blows to the head every down, I think….a shame, in any event….

  21. I’m 21, so Kent Hull was concluding his career around the time I started to care about Football but my heart goes out to him and his family. Being from Buffalo and beings a Bills fan I’ve long heard about his playing and the infamous QB sneak to beat Miami all those years ago. It’s sad to see him go. RIP.

  22. unbelievable how there are any thumbs down on the post of a death…. what scumbags some people are… i dislike the raiders and would never have thought about that crap when davis dies….

    Hull was another stud in a team full of them…a little bit of my youth is gone after hearing this…
    Kent, i dont know what the NFL quantifies as a HOF offensive lineman, but u will always be one here in Buffalo

  23. Man, I am truly sorry to hear that Buffalo fans! As a Dolphin fan, I remember and respect the way Hull played the game! That rivalry was awesome back in the 90’s and Hull was one of the many studs Buffalo had on that team!!! RIP KENT!!!! You and the Bills were a class act! Unlike the ASSCLOWNS PATRIOTS!!!

  24. This is just heartbreaking news. This guy was the finest center the bills ever had and from what the players say was a great guy. My heart goes out to the hull family.

  25. Who is putting all the “thumbs down”? Do you think you’re funny? People are trying to send their condolences and you feel it’s necessary to disrespect a man’s legacy with this crap…get a life and show some respect.

  26. God damn shame. Huge fan of the Bills growing up and this was one of my favorite players on their roster. You know you’re obsessed with a team when you’re memorizing offensive linemen and tight ends at 8-10 years old. Too young, way too damned young man.

  27. Terrible news. Heard this guy was as good off the field as he was on it. This guy was part of an impressive era of Bills football. Condolences to the family and Bills nation. God speed Kent.

  28. From a Miami Dolphins fan to Buffalo Bills fans everywhere, my condolences go out to you. Kent Hall was an honorable rival for many years, I have nothing but respect for him and that offense he helped to anchor (even if it sent my Phins home a few times during the Marino era). Truly sorry to hear about this. God bless!

  29. A class act on and off the field, a hell of a man – one who truly loved playing for the city of Buffalo and their fans ….. one who truly appreciated everything that he had and took nothing for granted….prayers and thoughts to his wife and children and to his former teammates and many friends around the country….he will truly be missed…..

  30. This game causes way too many guys to die younger than they should.

    And if they aren’t dead, they have lots of bad health issues.

    That’s why a guy like Robert Smith is smarter than most.

    He got out at age 28 so chances are decent that he will live a long time and will have less health troubles than most…

  31. gtorlone says:
    Oct 18, 2011 8:14 PM
    Contrary to popular belief, the K-Gun that the Bills ran in the 90′s was named after Kent Hull, not Jim Kelly. Hull is hands down one of the best, most underrated centers to ever play.

    RIP Kent.

    Actually, the K-gun was named after Keith McKeller. Hull was an underrated Center though, you’ve got that right. I truly believe that the NFL needs to investigate why these players are dying so young.
    Thanks for doing a great job Kent, although no SB rings, I doubt any other team will ever say they had 4 appearances in a row. Go Bills!!!!

  32. this loss certainly hurts. time to hook up the old nintendo and play a few games of Super Tecmo Bowl.

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