Monday, October 27, 2008


Ed Budde
6'5" 265
Kansas City Chiefs
1963 - 1976
14 Seasons
177 Games Played
7 Pro Bowls

Edward Leon Budde was the first round draft pick of the American Football League's Dallas Texans in 1963. He was the 9th player picked overall. Budde was also a first round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL. He was the 4th player picked overall. Budde went to college at Michigan State, where he was a member of the Spartans' famed "B" boys. 5 Spartan offensive linemen were drafted by the NFL in 1963. Dave Herman played 10 years with the NY Jets. Herman was a 2 time AFL All Star and member of their Super Bowl team. Dave Behrman was the 11th pick overall in the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears, but elected to go to the Buffalo Bills. He was a member of their 1965 AFL Championship team, and was named an AFL All Star that year. He played just 3 seasons over a 5 years span.

The Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs before the 1963 season began. Buddes impact was immediate. He was named to the AFL All Star team in his rookie year. Budde went on to have the second longest tenure in Chiefs franchise history, behind Chiefs Hall of Fame punter Jerrel Wilson. Budde was fast and explosive. He would pancake most of his opponents with regular proficiency. He had the quickness to get to the next level to clear even a wider path for his team mates. He was also technically sound and rarely let his opponent sack the Chiefs quarterback. Budde went to 7 Pro Bowls in his first 9 seasons. He was hurt in 1975 and only played one game. After returning the next year to play 11 games, Budde retired after the 1976 season. He is a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame.

He played in six AFL All-Star games. He was named to the Sporting News AFL All-League team in 1969. Budde was the first offensive lineman to be selected by the Associated Press as an Offensive Player of the Week. Ed Budde is considered to be one of the greatest Guards to have ever have played in the AFL by many. He helped lead the Chiefs to two American Football League Championships wins and a victory in Super Bowl IV. Ed Budde was named to the AFL’s All Time team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His son, Brad Budde, also played Guard with the Chiefs for 6 seasons.

Ed Budde may be the greatest offensive lineman to have ever played for the Chiefs. That is quite a statement when you recall the long list of NFL greats who have been Chiefs. He was very athletic and strong. He did not miss a game his first 9 seasons, and missed just 3 games in his first 12 years. He was the anchor of a great Chiefs offensive line that featured such greats as perenial All Pro Center Jack Rudnay, perennial All Pro OT Jim Tyrer, OT Dave Hill, G George Daney and perenial All Pro TE Fred Arbanas. All, except Daney, are members of the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame. Tyrer and Arbanas are also members of the AFL All Time Team team. Perhaps, due to all of the great Chiefs players during Buddes era, Canton has overlooked Ed Budde's place in history? If you look at all of his accomplishments on the gridiron, it should be a fairly easy decision to induct Ed Budde into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Notable NFL Players Drafted In 1963 (* Denotes Canton Inductee)

2. Jerry Stovall, DB, St. Louis Cardinals
5. Bob Vogel, OT, Baltimore Colts
6. Lee Roy Jordan, LB, Dallas
7. Pat Richter, WR/ P, Washington
13. Don Brumm, DE, St. Louis
14. Dave Robinson, LB, Green Bay
16. Bobby Bell, T, Minnesota *
17. Bob Reynolds, OT, St. Louis
18. Ray Mansfeild, OT, Philadelphia
19. John Mackey, TE, Baltimore *
21. Walter Rock, OT, San Francisco
23. Jim Kanicki, DT, Cleveland
28. Tom Brown, DB, Green Bay
35. Ron Snidow, DE, Washington
44. Paul Flatley, WR, Minnesota
47. Jerry Logan, DB, Baltimore
55. Chuck Walton, G, Detroit
88. Lee Roy Caffey, LB, Philadelphia
89. Willie Richardson, WR, Baltimore
102. Tom Woodeshick, RB, Philadelphia
114. Willis Crenshaw, RB, St. Louis
129. Jackie Smith, TE, St. Louis *
136. Bill Nelsen, QB, Pittsburgh
144. Ralph Heck, LB, Philadelphia
145. Winston Hill, OT, Baltimore
146. Ray Schoenke, G, Dallas
152. Karl Kassulke, DB, Detroit
154. Marv Fleming, TE, Green Bay
157. Chuck Walker, G, Saint Louis
186. Nate Ramsey, DB, Philadelphia
220. Andy Russell, LB, Pittsburgh
241. Larry Stallings, LB, Saint Louis
259. Jim Turner, K, Washington
265. Buck Buchanan, DT, NY Giants *
278. Homer Jones, WR, NY Giants

1963 AFL Draft (Players Who Played In The AFL)

1. Buck Buchanan, DT, Dallas Texans *
2. Walt Sweeney, G, San Diego
5. Kermit Alexander, DB, Denver
9. Jim Dunaway, DT, Buffalo
21. Tom Janik, DB, Denver
48. George Saimes, DB, Texans
49. Dave Costa, DT, Oakland
56. Bobby Bell, LB, Texans *
60. Hewritt Dixon, RB, Denver
85. Billy Joe, RB, Denver
88. Jerrel Wilson, RB, Texans
188. Daryle Lamonica, QB, Buffalo
192. Dave Hill, OT, Texans
211. Dave Herman, OL, NY Jets
219. Mike Taliaferro, QB, NY Jets


David Funk said...

Great stuff CCC. I like the draft recaps in the NFL and AFL. Budde played on some pretty strong Chiefs' teams. Anyone who makes the Pro Bowl seven times had a great career in the league.

Anonymous said...

Points to david, i agree. i like these because they are a true bit of history that others don't bother with. Plus the "notables" are an extra bonus for me ;0

thanks CCC!~

Lester's Legends said...

Guards don't get the love, but you make a great case