By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Paul Maguire – Signed by the Bills in 1964
Can a punter make an impact on a pro football team? He can if he’s Paul Maguire, who has influence the game in a few different ways.
Maguire landed with the Chargers in 1960 after playing college football at the Citadel, where he led the nation in touchdown catches. He was a punter and linebacker for Los Angeles and San Diego, and was picked up by the Bills after being waived in a contract dispute by the Chargers. Maguire’s timing was superb – he arrived just in time to be part of two championship teams in Buffalo. The punter stayed with the team through 1970, and was one of 20 players who played in all ten years of the American Football League’s existence.
But the story doesn’t end there. Maguire always was one of football’s funniest men, and he used those talents to parlay his career into a second life as a broadcaster. Maguire worked locally and nationally for about four decades. It was quite a ride. What’s more, there’s never been a bigger booster of Buffalo.
Here’s Paul talking about his time with the Bills:
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