Ed Budde

Ed Budde

Position: Guard
How Acquired: Draft (No. 1B-1963
Career Dates: 1963-1976
College: Michigan State
Birth Date and Place: 11/2/1940 Highland Park, Michigan
Employer: Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Mid-America

The news release read: "Offensive Player of the Week in the American Football League: Ed Budde." It wasn't a mistake. The Kansas City Chiefs starting guard was, indeed, the AFL's Player of the Week. It was the first time in the League's history that an offensive lineman had won the honor. It showed what the "rock" of the Chiefs offensive line meant to his team.

A member of the All-Time AFL Team, the product of Michigan State was the team's No. 1 draft pick in 1963. He went on to enjoy a stellar career that lasted 14 years - longer than any other player to wear the Chiefs crimson and gold, with the exception of punter Jerrell Wilson.

He was the heart of the group of interior lineman who made their living in "the pit." He made life a bit easier for the Dawsons, Garretts, Podolaks, and Taylors. He helped them earn their spot in the limelight, then used his extraordinary skill to rise above the anonymity of the line and enjoy national recognition himself. He was a mountain of a man, standing 6'5" & weighting 260 pounds. His explosive blocks would spring a back or keep Dawson away from defenders so that he could complete pass after pass.

Budde appeared in six AFL All-Star Games, the first two Pro-Bowl Games, and anchored the offensive line for two Chiefs championship teams. He was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1983.

When his playing days were over, Budde enjoyed watching his son, Brad, play offensive line for eight seasons. He spends his free time with his wife Carolyn, daughter Tionne, son John and his five grandchildren. Ed is the Key Account Manager for Coca-Cola in Kansas City.