MSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010: Ed Budde
Sept. 29, 2010
"I just enjoyed every win," said Budde, who went 6-0 in his career against Michigan and Notre Dame. "That's the main thing - win. I don't care if it's by one point, you get the W."
"Fred is one of the reasons I went to the AFL because I admired his play in college at Michigan State and the pros," said Budde, who had played with Arbanas during the 1960 season for the Spartans and is still good friends with him to this day. "I had so much respect for him. He was telling me how exciting it was in the AFL."
Before playing his first professional game for the Chiefs (in the offseason, Dallas had moved to Kansas City), Budde lined up one last time as a college player in the Chicago Charities College All-Star Game, which annually pitted the top collegiate stars against the Super Bowl Champions. Not only was Budde named a captain for the 1963 game, he helped lead the college players to a shocking 20-17 upset of Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers.
"We had a lot of talent on that team," said Budde. "We had Pro Football Hall of Famers Buck Buchanan and Bobby Bell, and Lee Roy Jordan of Alabama, who's in the College Football Hall of Fame, was the defensive captain. Normally, they would have a quarterback be an offensive captain, so that was a thrill for me."
The success for Budde in that game was a sign of things to come. He went on to become arguably the finest offensive guard to ever play in the AFL.
Budde spent every one of his 14 professional seasons in Kansas City, which is the second-most in franchise history. He helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl in 1970 over the Minnesota Vikings and was a starter on the 1966 AFL championship team that played in the first-ever Super Bowl against Green Bay.
A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Budde saw action in 177 career games and was named to the AFL's all-time team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Budde had two sons who also found success on the gridiron, much like their father. Brad, an All-American guard at USC who won the Lombardi Award in 1979, played for the Chiefs for seven seasons and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. John lettered four years at Michigan State and was a starter on the 1987 Big Ten and 1988 Rose Bowl championship team.
Budde still attends Michigan State's Homecoming game every season, but this year, he'll be doing so as a member of the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame. And he couldn't be more proud.
"It was a thrill when Mark Hollis called and said that I made the Hall of Fame," said Budde. "It's just an honor. I'm glad that I was a Spartan."