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Edward Leon Budde (born November 2, 1940), a product of Denby High Schoolmarker in Detroitmarker, Michiganmarker and later Michigan State Universitymarker, was the number one draft pick of the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs (then the Dallas Texans) in 1963.


An offensive guard, Budde went on to play for the Chiefs for 14 years, longer than any other Chief except for punter Jerrel Wilson, a 15-year veteran. Budde was 6'5 and 260 pounds (118 kg); his explosive blocks could spring a running back loose or keep defenders away Chiefs signal-caller Len Dawson. As the heart of the Chiefs’ offensive line, his overpowering presence helped the Chiefs to win two American Football League Championships (1966 and 1969) and a world championship in Super Bowl IV, when the Chiefs defeated the NFL's Minnesota Vikings 23-7.

He was selected to the American Football League All-Star team in 1963, ‘66, ‘67, ‘68 and 1969, and he played in six AFL All-Star games. He was selected for 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.

Budde, who retired after the 1976 season, is a member of the All-Time All-AFL Team Second Team. His son Brad Budde was an All-American at the University of Southern Californiamarker and also played in the NFL for the Chiefs.

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  • History: The AFL - Pro Football Hall of Fame link

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