Bill Polian “retires” from ESPN

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Hall of Fame G.M. Bill Polian is moving on to the next phase of his career.

Polian has retired from ESPN. The network announced the development on Friday.

The headline of the announcement from ESPN calls it a retirement. The quote from Polian suggests that he isn’t retiring.

“After talking it over with my family, we decided now is the right time to finish this chapter in my career,” Polian said in the release from ESPN.

Polian joined ESPN in 2012, after being fired by the Colts. In 2018, he co-founded the Alliance of American Football.

The 76-year-old Polian began his career as a scout with the Chiefs in 1978. He spent time in the CFL and USFL before joining the Bills in 1984, becoming the team’s G.M. in 1986, and later serving as G.M. of the Panthers and Colts.

13 responses to “Bill Polian “retires” from ESPN

  1. I wonder if Ty Law will ask Polian to attend his Hall of Fame induction ceremony with him?

  2. For the sought after demographics of sports media, he was simply too old. Listening to him put me to sleep every time.

  3. Guy is so overrated it’s ridiculous. Being GM of the team that had the chance to pick Peyton Manning doesn’t make you a genius.

  4. BSPN has been “retiring” a lot of people the last few years, along with “not losing 2 million subscribers a year” and “paying the lease on time.”

  5. And winning only one Super Bowl with 2 HOF QB’s 2 HOF defensive ends, 3 HOF receivers, and various other HOFers. 1-6 record in Super Bowls as a GM.

  6. “1-6 record in Super Bowls as a GM.”

    So, he was leading one of the winningest teams in the NFL for 7 seasons of his 23 as GM? And he took an expansion team to the conference championship in its second season of existence?

    That said, he did make questionable decisions. At the time, he was criticized by some for taking Manning over Leaf. A year later, he chose Edgerrin James over Ricky Williams, and was heavily critiqued. Both of those moves worked out.

    Although I still wonder why he let Edgerrin James go after he had 9200+ yards in 96 games.

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