Category Archives: Ed Budde
I was bouncing around YouTube this evening when I stumbled across this Chiefs highlight reel from 1963, their first year in Kansas City. This team, which had won an AFL championship the previous season in their final incarnation as the Dallas Texans, finished in third place in the AFL Western Division with a 5-7-2 record. After starting the season with a 59-7 drubbing of the Broncos in Denver, the Chiefs tied Buffalo, lost to the Chargers and beat the Oilers for a respectable 2-1-1 record after four games. Six losses and a tie later however, and the Chiefs were too far behind the Chargers and Raiders to have any hope of taking a second consecutive division title.
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.
There is a feeling among AFL fans that the American Football League players are consistently overlooked for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In truth there are many players, the bulk of whose careers were spent in the AFL, that deserve serious consideration, if not outright induction. In an effort to spark some discussion regarding their hall of fame worthiness, I will occasionally compare AFL players to their NFL (and Hall of Fame) counterparts. The short biographies on the NFL players have been taken directly from the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.