Who will be the next player for the Buffalo Bills to make Hall of Fame?

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The last Buffalo Bill that was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame was Bill Polian, general manager of the Bills from 1985 - 1992 and was credited for building those Super Bowl teams of the early 90s. Polian was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. Before him, it was wide receiver Andre Reed, inducted in 2014. Reed is widely considered the greatest wide receiver in Bills history, and you would be hard-pressed to argue against this career numbers. Technically, the last player inducted into the Hall that played for the Bills was Terrel Owens, who played only one season in Buffalo.

It's been nearly a decade since the Bills have had anyone inducted and likely will be more than that by the time it happens. The greatest special teams ace in NFL history, Steve Tasker, has made the finalist list in the past and yet continues to be overlooked. Tasker is now part of the NFL Hall of Fame's "senior" group, which includes players who retired from the game 25 or more years ago. Each year, the Hall elects one of these such players. Maybe Tasker will get in one day but I'm not going to hold my breath, even though he more than deserves.

This brings me to the question, who might be the next Hall of Fame inductee from the Bills? The last player who played for the Buffalo Bills that made the finalist list was Terrel Owens, but I'm not sure we count that one though. Before him, it was Polian, who of course, was elected to the Hall. This tells me no one will likely even make the finalist list until current players retire.

Next, I looked at current players that might be retiring in the next few years. Some of the names that came up were Stefon Diggs, Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, and Von Miller. Just taking a wild and crazy guess here but at 30 years old, I don't see Diggs retiring before any of those other three. So, is there someone among Hyde, Poyer, and Miller who could potentially be voted into the Hall of Fame before anyone else with the Bills? The answer to that question is yes.

Von Miller is a two-time Super Bowl winner and while I don't agree that Super Bowl wins should be weighed so heavily, the fact remains, it is. Miller is the league's current active career sack leader with 123.5. He needs only 7.5 more sacks to crack the top 15 all-time and currently sits at 19th in league history. Miller's odds of being a first-ballot Hall of Famer are very good, regardless of how the remainder of his career transpires.


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