Ralph Wilson, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Steve Tasker react to loss of Kent Hull

October 19, 2011 Updated Oct 19, 2011 at 8:25 PM EDT

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October 19, 2011 Updated Oct 19, 2011 at 8:25 PM EDT

Orchard Park (WKBW.com) The Buffalo Bills family continues to mourn the loss of Kent Hull who died Tuesday at the age of 50. Below are statements from the team and from team owner Ralph Wilson Jr. and many of Hull's former teammates with the Bills.


STATEMENT FROM RALPH WILSON, JR. ON THE PASSING OF KENT HULL


I am so very saddened to hear of the passing of Kent Hull.



Kent was a terrific player for us, who was often overshadowed by some of the bigger names we had in our Super Bowl years. But Kent was one of the key components of our team and of our high-powered offenses in the 90’s that enjoyed so much success.



But he was so much more than just a good player on a good team. He was a great leader on and off the field and respected by everyone who knew him. He was a true gentleman who was as nice as anyone you’d ever want to meet and as tough as any player I’ve ever known. If you were lucky enough to have Kent as a friend, you had a cherished friend for life.



This is a sad day for me and all of us in the Bills organization as well as all of our fans. I will miss Kent very much, but will always remember fondly the great man and great player that he was.



I want to offer my deepest sympathies to his wife Kay and his entire family in this most difficult time.



FORMER BILLS HEAD COACH MARV LEVY



Kent Hull was one of the most memorable players that I coached during my long 47-year career. He was one of the most outstanding young men I’ve ever known. Kent was a fantastic teammate and a great leader. He had outstanding ability and was a wonderful family man.



Kent was revered by his teammates, coaches, all of the great Buffalo Bills fans and certainly by me.



FORMER BILLS DEFENSIVE END BRUCE SMITH



Kent was an incredible teammate, human being and friend. No matter what you’re status was on the team he treated everyone the same. His humor, personality and integrity were so genuine.



It’s certainly a sad day for his family, the Bills family and all of those who loved him.



FORMER BILLS WIDE RECEIVER/SPECIAL TEAMER STEVE TASKER



In everybody’s life they need some quality people and very few people have the ability to help make a change in one’s life. Kent Hull was one of those people for a lot of us on the Buffalo Bills.



He was a positive influence, a great example and a relentless friend.



FORMER BILLS RUNNING BACK THURMAN THOMAS



When I came into the league, Kent was instantly my guardian. I would talk noise on the field only because I knew that he'd be there every time to defend and protect me. I owe a lot of that stitching in my Hall of Fame jacket to Kent Hull.



Our hearts are broken. Myself, my wife Patti and our four children send our love and prayers to his wonderful family.



He was my teammate, a brother and a best friend. He will be in my heart forever.

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