Brad Budde (born May 9, 1958 in Detroit) was a National Football League offensive guard who in 1979 became USC’s first recipient of the coveted Lombardi Award, given to the nation’s top college offensive lineman who also “best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi.”
After attending Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Budde was an unanimous All-American as a senior and was also runnerup in the Outland Trophy voting. A four-year starter at Troy, he was the first freshman to start a USC season opener since World War II.
From 1976 to 1979, the Trojans went 42-6-1, winning three Rose Bowls and UPI's version of the national championship in 1978. They finished second in both major polls the following season after going 11-0-1. Budde was USC's Offensive Player of the Year in 1979, the season Charles White won the Heisman Trophy. Budde was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998 and later was chosen as a reserve on the Walter Camp Foundation All-Century college football team.
Budde was one of 12 players on that '79 team that would go on to be first-round draft picks. He was the first-round draft pick by the Chiefs, the team that his father, Ed, played with for 14 seasons. Nowhere was USC deeper than on the offensive line.
It made for a nice story line when Brad was drafted by the Chiefs with the 11th pick in the 1980 draft. But Brad's career never matched that of his father. Ed played in two Super Bowls and seven Pro Bowls. Brad started for six of his seven seasons, but the Chiefs played in only one playoff game during that time.
Budde was released by the Chiefs after the '86 season. He sat out 1987, then retired after failing to make the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988.
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