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The Daily Shoutout: Remembering Kent Hull

Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:17 am
Edited on: October 19, 2011 8:45 am

OPENING HIT: Some of you know the name Kent Hull. For those of you who do not, let me tell you about him.

Hull played center for the Buffalo Bills and on a team that had incredible swagger and talent, he was always calm and understated. And friendly. Always friendly. Hull often welcomed me with a, well: "Welcome, Mike." He always remembered the name and he was always a go-to quote. He'd explain the complexities of line play with friendliness and the removal of arrogance. He was far more sophisticated than he let on. Bruce Smith once told me Hull was one of the smartest players he ever knew.

I don't know if Hull deserves the Hall of Fame. There will be a push for that now especially in light of his untimely death this week. That will sort itself out. For the moment, for those who don't know the name, know this: Hull was one of the great linemen of the 1990s and a key cog, a vital reason, why so many other Bills are in the Hall of Fame.

He's also a reason why that Bills four-time Super Bowl appearance group was mostly a classy bunch. Hall of Fame or not, remember Hull for that. Simply a great player and great guy who dies far too young.

Category: NFL
Tags: Bills

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:23 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Remembering Kent Hull

Was there a better center during Hull's career than him? Dwight Stephenson (?) of the Dolphins, maybe? That's about it. I think he's a Hall of Famer.

Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:40 am

The Daily Shoutout: Remembering Kent Hull

Mike, nice job and thank you for remembering Kent Hull.  Although I am from the Boston area, I was a HUGE fan of the Buffalo Bills during the Marv Levy-Jim Kelly days.  Kent Hull was such an integral part of that team.  He never seemed to get the credit he so richly deserved.  I remember being devastated when he retired and the sports section reduced his career to 2 sentences.  Kent Hull was a true class act.  God Bless his family.  I know I will always remember Kent Hull.

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