Colts president Bill Polian has been around long enough that he actually drafted Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, once upon a time.
Polian was with the Bills at the time and took Mayhew in the 10th round of the 1988 draft. Mayhew, though, never played a down for Buffalo.
“I was too dumb to keep him in Plan B (free agency). I let him go,” Polian said. “People ask me what mistakes have you made in your long and less-than-illustrious career, and that’s one of the big ones. We should have kept him, and we didn’t.”
Polian went on to say that he could see Mayhew was special from the beginning and that he would go on to be successful in his post-football career.
Asked by a reporter what advice he would give to Mayhew as he prepares to make the first overall pick in the draft as a rookie GM, a grinning Polian cracked: “Pray a lot. And recognize you can’t (always) be right. You’re going to be wrong 50 percent of the time.”