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Brad Budde

Brad Budde
No. 66, 71
Position: Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-05-09) May 9, 1958
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Career information
High school: Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst
College: USC
NFL draft: 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 92
Games started: 79
Stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Brad Edward Budde (born May 9, 1958) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive guard in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the 1980s. Budde played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and was an All-American and the winner of the Lombardi Award. He was a first-round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
  • Personal 4

Early years

Budde was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri.

College career

Budde attended the University of Southern California (USC) and played for the USC Trojans football team from 1976 to 1979. He was the first player since World War II to start as a freshman. Budde is one of USC's most highly decorated offensive lineman. As a senior in 1979, he was a unanimous first-team All-American, runner-up in the Outland Trophy voting, USC Offensive Player of the Year, USC Most Inspirational Player, and an Academic All-American. He was also selected as the first and only Lombardi Award winner in USC's history. In 1980, Budde also earned the NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship. During his career at USC, Budde started in three Rose Bowls, all won by USC. In 1978, led by head coach John Robinson, USC won a share of the national championship.

Budde was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990, the USC Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2010.

Professional career

Budde was the eleventh pick in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Budde and his father, All-Pro Ed Budde, became the first and only father and son in NFL history to be drafted in the first round to the same team and play the same position. He played for the Chiefs through 1987.


Off the field, Budde and his wife, Nicolette, worked with abused and neglected children through Camp Opportunity and Division of Family Services in Kansas City, Missouri.

Following retirement from the NFL in 1988, Budde returned to college and earned his master's degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University. For the last 17 years, Brad has rehabilitated senior citizens as President of Budde Physical Therapy, Inc. From 1995 to 2005, Brad also worked as the offensive line

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