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Along with the six Super Bowls, he’s been associated with 13 playoff teams during in his NFL career which has spanned more than 25 years.

He entered the NFL in 1986 as a scouting department intern for the Buffalo Bills. He became a full-time scout for Buffalo after the 1987 draft.

Following a year as an area scout, Gettleman was assigned as the Bills’ representative to the BLESTO scouting combine and continued in that capacity through the 1992 draft as the Northeast area scout.

Former Bills GM Bill Polian first lured Gettleman to Buffalo.

At the time Gettleman was a head football coach at Kingston (N.Y.) High School.

Polian said Gettleman would lock himself in his office for hours, just watching tape and trying to find up and coming players who might have slipped through the cracks. He said that type of work ethic has been instrumental in his rise to the top.

“He’s bright and extremely hard working and loves the game,” Polian said. “He really cares about the people he works with and he’s as sound of a football man as you can find.”

Although Gettleman is quite familiar working with Super Bowl teams, Polian said he’s never been one to seek the spotlight.

“The Giants have been tremendously successful, but he’s never one that beats his own drum,” said Polian, who spent three seasons as Carolina’s GM from 1995-97. “He’s very good at what he does and he’s been at it a long time. He is as well prepared for (a GM position) as anyone that has been hired in recent years.”

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