This week has been a great one for interviewing AFL players. First it was the Jets’ Don Maynard, and then today I spoke with longtime Chargers and Bills punter/linebacker, Paul Maguire.
While he is known better by younger generations as an ESPN commentator, Maguire was one of just 20 players to be with an AFL team for the league’s entire 10-year run. He was an excellent punter, and mostly reserve linebacker who has the distinction of having played in six AFL championship games (1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1966), and being, according to himself, the only player to win three consecutive league championships.
Paul and his wife were on the golf course in their state of North Carolina while we spoke, which accounts for some of the wind noise on the recording. But his easy manner and excellent recollection make this a fantastic stroll down memory lane for any AFL fan.