— Buffalo Bills Wall of Famer Kent Hull died Tuesday in his home in Greenwood, Miss. Hull played 11 seasons with the Bills, 1986-96. He played in 170 regular season games with the team, including 121 consecutive and appeared in 19 postseason contests. He received the Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and was inducted into the Bills Wall of Fame in 2002.
STATEMENT FROM BUFFALO BILLS ON THE PASSING OF KENT HULL
The Buffalo Bills organization is deeply saddened with the passing of Kent Hull. Kent was a great team leader from our Super Bowl years and the anchor of our Pro Bowl offensive line.
To those who knew him, he will long be remembered as the epitome of toughness. But more so, he was a great man who cared deeply for his family, his friends and his teammates.
We will miss him terribly, but remember him forever. We extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to his wife, Kay, his children Drew and Ellen, and his entire family.
STATEMENT FROM RALPH WILSON, JR. ON THE PASSING OF KENT HULL
“I am so very saddened to hear of the passing of Kent Hull.
Kent was a terrific player for us, who was often overshadowed by some of the bigger names we had in our Super Bowl years. But Kent was one of the key components of our team and of our high-powered offenses in the 90’s that enjoyed so much success.
But he was so much more than just a good player on a good team. He was a great leader on and off the field and respected by everyone who knew him. He was a true gentleman who was as nice as anyone you’d ever want to meet and as tough as any player I’ve ever known. If you were lucky enough to have Kent as a friend, you had a cherished friend for life.
This is a sad day for me and all of us in the Bills organization as well as all of our fans. I will miss Kent very much, but will always remember fondly the great man and great player that he was.
I want to offer my deepest sympathies to his wife Kay and his entire family in this most difficult time.”
FORMER BILLS HEAD COACH MARV LEVY
“Kent Hull was one of the most memorable players that I coached during my long 47-year career. He was one of the most outstanding young men I’ve ever known. Kent was a fantastic teammate and a great leader. He had outstanding ability and was a wonderful family man.
Kent was revered by his teammates, coaches, all of the great Buffalo Bills fans and certainly by me.”
FORMER BILLS QUARTERBACK JIM KELLY
“Words fall short when the pain runs so deep. I’m finding it hard to describe what this loss means to me and my family. Kent Hull was my best friend. A man of great courage, faith and character. He will be missed and never forgotten. My family and I will continue to pray for Kent’s wife Kay and his two children, Drew and Ellen as they grieve the loss of this great man.”
FORMER BILLS DEFENSIVE END BRUCE SMITH
“Kent was an incredible teammate, human being and friend. No matter what you’re status was on the team he treated everyone the same. His humor, personality and integrity were so genuine.
It’s certainly a sad day for his family, the Bills family and all of those who loved him.”
FORMER BILLS WIDE RECEIVER/SPECIAL TEAMER STEVE TASKER
“In everybody’s life they need some quality people and very few people have the ability to help make a change in one’s life. Kent Hull was one of those people for a lot of us on the Buffalo Bills.
He was a positive influence, a great example and a relentless friend.”
FORMER BILLS RUNNING BACK THURMAN THOMAS
“When I came into the league, Kent was instantly my guardian. I would talk noise on the field only because I knew that he’d be there every time to defend and protect me. Our hearts are broken. Myself, my wife, Patti, and our four children send our love and prayers to his wonderful family. He was my teammate, a brother and a best friend. He will be in my heart forever. I owe a lot of that stitching in my Hall of Fame jacket to Kent Hull.”
BYE WEEK PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 19
Practice: 2:00 PM / Open to Media (Stretch & Individual only)
Thursday, October 20-Sunday, October 23
No Media Availability – Players Days Off
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
Owner and President Ralph Wilson, Jr.
On the passing of Kent Hull
“He was so much more than just a good player on a good team. He was a great leader on and off the field and respected by everyone who knew him. He was a true gentleman who was as nice as anyone you’d ever want to meet and as tough as any player I’ve ever known. If you were lucky enough to have Kent as a friend, you had a cherished friend for life.
“This is a sad day for me and all of us in the Bills organization as well as all of our fans. I will miss Kent very much, but will always remember fondly the great man and great player that he was.” Full statement is above.
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