#116 – Bill Polian



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 116 - Bill Polian

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy bring on two fantastic guests to The Life of Dad Show.

First up the guys chat with Killian Rieder, who is the Co-Founder and Creative Director for the elo pillow. elo was conceived by two mothers who saw an opportunity to help both children and parents with the struggles of bedtime.

It all began at bedtime. Killian, a mother of two was tired of the bedtime battle. Her friend imagined a “magic pillow” that would stop storytime every time her daughter lifted her head off the pillow. One night, the mother tried this tactic while reading stories — and it worked! The excuses to get out of bed dissolved away, and her daughter stayed resting in bed. She even tried to pick up her stuffed animal with her feet so her story wouldn’t be interrupted! Thus began the elo pillow. Now that “magic pillow” is no longer just a dream product, but a tool to encourage restful bedtimes and decrease struggles. Enjoy!

Next the guys talk with former NFL General Manager, Bill Polian. From 1984 to 1993 Bill Polian was looking to create a winning and successful franchise in Buffalo. With Marv Levy as the head coach, both Bill and Marv created heck of a team. They did come up short in their dreams of bringing the Lombardi Trophy home to Orchard Park.

Still Polian kept with his mindset and ended up being the General Manager for the Indianapolis Colts. He brought in Peyton Manning, Bob Sanders, and many other key players to play in Indy. Bill and the Colts were able to call themselves Super Bowl Champions in 2007 when Indy beat the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

Bill details all of this in his fantastic book called “The Game Plan: The Art of Building a Winning Football Team” from Triumph Books. Even if you don’t care about the NFL this is a must read. Polian’s book takes a look at how he climbed the ranks in the NFL, life lessons he had learned, his mentors, and stories about the NFL Draft.

Not only was Bill kind enough to talk to us about football and his book, but we also talked about fatherhood. He has some great values and lessons that he passed onto his three sons and daughter. It was a real honor for us to talk to one of the best GM’s ever to work in the league.


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