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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Paul Maguire

(Born August 22, 1938) -- It’s two straight days for profiling football players-turned-broadcasters. The two have very different styles.

Paul Maguire didn’t brag about it much on the air, but he was a very good college football player. He led the nation in touchdown receptions in 1959 at the Citadel, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers of the new American Football League. There Maguire played both linebacker and punter. He was part of the 1963 team, which was at that point in San Diego, that won the AFL title.

Then it was on to Buffalo, where he stayed through 1970. Maguire won AFL championships with the Bills in 1964 and 1965, setting a record with three in a row. He was one of 20 men to play in all 10 years of the AFL’s life.

Along the way, he picked up a reputation as one of the funniest men in football. He worked in a variety of roles in the decades to come. Maguire did the NFL, the Canadian Football League, and college football.

Along the way, he found a home in Western New York, and always has supportive of his adopted community. The area responded when it picked him for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.