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Kent Hull, Former Buffalo Bills Offensive Lineman, Dies at 50

Buffalo Bills Offensive Lineman Kent Hull in action on Oct. 22, 1989. Photographer: Rick Stewart/Allsport
Buffalo Bills Offensive Lineman Kent Hull in action on Oct. 22, 1989. Photographer: Rick Stewart/Allsport

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Kent Hull, a former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman and a Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee for the Class of 2012, has died. He was 50.

Hull played on the offensive line at Mississippi State University from 1979-82, the Starkville, Mississippi, school said on its website. The cause of death wasn’t disclosed.

“Words fall short when the pain runs so deep,” Jim Kelly, who played quarterback for the Bills while Hull was the team’s center, said in a statement last night. “Kent Hull was my best friend. A man of great courage, faith and character.”

Hull played in 189 games for the National Football League’s Bills from 1986 to 1996, including four consecutive AFC Championships that led to four straight Super Bowl losses in 1991-94. He played for the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League in 1983-85.

Hull was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during his 11 seasons with the Bills.

In September, he was one of 14 offensive linemen on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s list of nominees for the 2012 class.

He is survived by his wife, Kay, and two children, Drew and Ellen.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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