Early Influence: Bill Polian

Before training camps kick off, a number of players and some coaches will pay tribute to people who helped them make it to the NFL as part of the AFC South Blog’s summer series: “Early Influence.”

Bill Polian, Colts president

“I’d look to two people.

“My college coach [at NYU], the late Bob Windish. He was a great man. He was a terrific motivator, really cared about players. A tough guy. We remained friends for life.

“My basic philosophy of football comes from George Paterno, my first boss at the Merchant Marine Academy: Be sound, be disciplined, block and tackle, take care of the little things and the big things take care of themselves.”