Budde Ball

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More so than most positions, offensive guards seem to be overlooked when it comes to pro football hall of fame consideration.  Some of the challenge comes from the lack of statistics available with which to compare guards against each other.  Often, one has to rely on the success of a particular guard’s teammates to make a judgment on the guard himself.  How many 1,000-yard rushers did he block for?  How many 4,000-yard passers?  How many times was his quarterback sacked?  And yet one guard in particular, earned an honor unmatched by any other guard in league history.  Ed Budde of the Kansas City Chiefs and a member of the AFL’s All-Time First Team, was once named AFL Offensive Player of the Week for his devastating play in a game against the Oakland Raiders.

Kansas City Chiefs historian, Bob Moore, recently wrote a piece detailing Budde’s historic award – BUDDE BALL.

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Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

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4 Responses to Budde Ball

  1. 1967 says:

    I remember Ed Budde (aka ‘Bluto’ for those old enough to remember Popeye’s foil in vintage cartoons) not only for his standout ’68 offensive player of the week performance vs the Raiders & Hall of Fame worthy career, but also for something he did in Superbowl IV.

    A cheap shot distinguishable from a clean hard hit, near the end of the game the Chiefs had said well in hand, and QB Len Dawson scrambled to use up some clock. Vikings DT Alan Page delivered a cheapie to Dawson square in the back while Len was already on the ground (think Ben Davidson a couple years later during a game in KC, regular season; same type deal.)

    Today’s rules, would’ve been called a penalty. Then, it was called ‘football’ – so – no penalty to be had, enter ‘Bluto’ Budde – the enforcer – who delivered a nice ‘wake up’ call to Page: don’t do that/mess with Len. The Vikings/Page were frustrated due being dominated by KC Superbowl IV, but Page diminished himself.

    Too, Ed Budde ‘schooled’ Page all day just as Jim Tyrer did Jim Marshall, Dave Hill did Carl Eller, Mo Moorman did Gary Larsen, all ably assisted by EJ Holub. When Budde started as a rookie in 1963 a (listed) 6’5 OG was rare, 6’2 or less the norm. Though Budde actually stood 6’4 1/2, was still OT height & size (nigh on 270 lbs.)

    How good was Ed Budde? No other offensive lineman had ever won the player of the week award he did ’68. Ed Budde & Jim Tyrer were Gene Upshaw & Art Shell before the latter two came along, later; Ed & Jim were ‘at least’ as good as the two Raiders, biased HOF voters be damned.

    I recall one other thing Budde once said. Paraphrasing, Ed said despite Lenny’s small 6’0 190 lb. frame, ‘the Dawson look’ (or glare) in the huddle could scare a massive offensive lineman who wasn’t doing his job or paying attention.

  2. You’ve provided some excellent history here. Thanks. Your comments are always interesting to read.

    • In case it’s not clear, the comments I just wrote were intended for 1967.

      (Todd, I must’ve complimented you on your site a hundred times, LOL.)

      • 1967 says:

        Thank you…I’m passionate if nothing else, memories of the AFL; it’s easy to write about a subject one loves.

        AFL was a big part of my formative life, continuing up to 1970’s consummation that ‘merger’ thing; God forgive them for they knew not what they did, Hunt et al (or perhap$ they did, hence a loss of innocence mine.)

        That merger & too discovering that there was a shelf life, i.e., players do not/cannot go on playing forever was the cruelest of growing pains.
        Long live the AFL.

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