Kent Hull came out of Mississippi State to the New Jersey Generals in 1983. Hull’s blocking abilities helped RB Herschel Walker gain more than 5,500 yards in his three-year stint in the USFL. In 1986, Hull joined several former USFL players on the Buffalo Bills that helped turn the franchise into winners from 1988 through 1996.
Coach Marv Levy said, “I’ve never seen a better center in my life than Kent Hull.” Hull went from a run-blocking offense with the Generals to the explosive K-Gun offense with quarterback Jim Kelly in Buffalo.
“I had personal battles him on the field. He was a center that was irritating, not over-powering, but in the right spot. He’d just get enough of you where you could only get an arm-tackle on the back,” says Ray Bentley, who played against Hull with the Panthers and Invaders in the USFL, before joining him as a member of the Bills. “Our relationship was very acrimonious, we’d really get on each other. He had all the calls up front, and put all the guys in the right position. He was steady influence and dependable. It was an honor to play with him.”
Hull went to three Pro Bowls and four Super Bowls, before retiring in 1996 along with Kelly.