Kent Hull, 50, of Greenwood passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. Services will be 2p.m. Friday, October 21, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church in Greenwood. Visitation will be 12:30p.m. to 2p.m. Friday, October 21, 2011 at Shuler Hall of First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood.
He is survived by his wife Kay Lawrence Hull of Greenwood, a daughter Ellen Hull of Greenwood and a son Drew Hull and wife Blair of Jackson. His father Charles Hull and wife Sandra of Vaiden brother Maury Hull and wife Hope of Bay Springs, MS. Sisters Kristy Barrett of Birmingham, Michigan. and Kelly Gallaher of Winona, MS. Special friend and employee Johnny Whitehead and several Nieces and nephews. His Father and mother in law Ellett and Connie Lawrence of Greenwood.
He was preceded in death by his mother Sylvia Allen Hand and his paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. James Ray Hull. His maternal Grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Leland Allen.
He is well-known for his four years as the starting center for Mississippi State and later as a Pro Bowl performer who played in four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills.
Mr. Hull was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, where he was an elected deacon and elder and was currently serving on the Session. He was a regular participant in a Wednesday morning Bible study held at Lawrence Printing Co., owned by his father-in-law, Ellett Lawrence.
At Mississippi State, Hull earned four football letters as the Bulldogs' center from 1979-1982 before going on to star in the NFL. During Hull's eleven-year career in Buffalo, he played in 121 consecutive games as the Bills enjoyed eight winning seasons and won four consecutive AFC titles. Named to the Pro Bowl three times, he was also one of the team's captains for his final seven years. Most notably, he played for Buffalo during their record four straight Super Bowl appearances from 1991-1994.
Mr. Hull was one of 14 offensive linemen listed on the NFL Hall of Fame's ballot for 2012. He played for the Bills for 11 seasons (1986-96) and for the now-defunct USFL's New Jersey Generals for three seasons prior to that. He was inducted into the MSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame in 2002 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
He also received the Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Award in 2001, was selected to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and was inducted into the Leflore County Hall of Fame in 2009.
After graduating from Greenwood High School, Mr. Hull played for MSU from 1979 to 82. He was a consensus first-team All-SEC freshman selection in 1979 and a pre-season All-America selection in 1982.
Mr. Hull was the center for one of the more memorable games in Bulldog history, a 6-3 victory over top-ranked Alabama in 1980. He helped pave the way for MSU head coach Emory Bellard's option attack, which set school records for rushing yards and total offense that still stand today.
Mr. Hull played in 189 games for the Buffalo Bills. He started in the team's Super Bowl run from 1991 to 1994, all of which the Bills lost. He was named to the Pro Bowl three times.
Hull broke into pro football in 1983 with the USFL New Jersey Generals, where he eventually was joined by Kelly in 1986, just before the league folded. The two then headed to the Bills, the team that still held the rights to Kelly after selecting him in the first round of the 1983 draft.
Hull was selected to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, inducted into the Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, received the Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Award in 2001, was selected to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and was the 19th inductee to the Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo in 2002.
Hull was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during 11 seasons with the Bills. He was credited for playing a key role in helping run the team's no-huddle "K-Gun" offense. The Bills honored Hull in 2002 by placing his name on Ralph Wilson Stadium's Wall of Fame.
After retiring following the 1996 season, Hull returned to cattle farming on his Carroll County ranch.
Pallbearers will be Van Rodgers, Roger B. Bright, Randy Moss, Joey Whitfield, Mike Upchurch, Robbie Upchurch, Sammy Overley, Lee Hankins, and Bob Craig and Craig Brown.
Memorials may be made to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital or First Presbyterian Church, Greenwood, MS.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.wilsonandknight.com.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Oct. 20, 2011