Multiple news outlets are reporting this evening that former Buffalo Bills center Kent Hull has died. He was just 50 years old. Hull reportedly passed away from gastrointestinal bleeding.
Hull, long considered one of the best - if not the best - offensive linemen in the history of this franchise, played with the Bills for 11 seasons, snapping the ball to Jim Kelly in all 11. A three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro, Hull is a member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He played his entire career in Buffalo, and was a member of all four Super Bowl teams in the early 1990s. He appeared in 170 games as a Bill.
This is obviously incredibly sad news. I was but a grade schooler when Hull was in his heyday; I grew up with the idea that insofar as offensive line play goes, Kent Hull was the gold standard. From what I've seen, read and heard in years since, I've no reason to change that opinion. He was, is, and will always remain a legendary Bills figure.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Buffalo Bills organization, as well as Kent Hull's teammates, family and friends. Rest in peace, Kent.