The Buffalo Bills family suffered a huge loss today. Kent Hull, Buffalo’s all-pro mainstay at center during the Jim Kelly years, has died at the age of 50 at his home in Mississippi. Cause of death was not released.
Hull spent 11 years with the Bills, and was a vital cog in the “K-Gun” offense that Buffalo ran so effectively. The well-respected Hull was elected captain for his final seven years in Buffalo and was selected to three Pro Bowls. Hull was also extremely durable, racking up 121 straight appearances for the Bills at one point.
Hull is survived by his wife, Kay, and two children, Drew and Ellen. Funeral arrangements had not yet been announced.
Reaction from Hull’s former teammates and coaches is coming in, and naturally they are heartbroken:
“I’m so, so saddened,” legendary Bills coach Marv Levy said. “I coached for 47 years, and he honestly was one of the very most memorable individuals who was my privilege to coach. I’m so sad to hear it. He was a great leader, certainly. He was as likable a guy as you could meet, family-oriented, a great citizen. I’m stunned.”
In an email to The Associated Press, Thurman Thomas wrote: “We have suffered a tremendous loss. Kent was a teammate, big brother and best friend. My heart breaks for His amazing family. My heart breaks period. He will be a best friend and in my heart forever.”
“He was bigger than life, and I don’t think he really got his just due, even though he went to some Pro Bowls,” said Bills great receiver Andre Reed. “He was one of the best.”
“Kent was a soft-spoken guy, and he was one of the smartest guys I ever met, too,” Reed said. “I’m sad for his family, and all the people who knew him. He’s going to be missed as a friend.”
I’m sure we’ll hear more in the coming days about Hull. Truly sad news.