About Brad

Brad Budde - Gameday Systems and former NFL PlayerThe first player since World War II to start as a freshman at USC in 1976, Brad is one of USC’s most highly decorated offensive lineman. As a senior in 1979, besides being a Unanimous All-American, USC Offensive Player of the Year, USC Most Inspirational Player and Academic All-American, Brad was selected as the first and only Lombardi Award winner in USC’s history. In 1980, Brad also earned the NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship. During his career at USC, Brad had the honor to start in three Rose Bowls; each time the USC Trojans were Rose Bowl winners. In 1978, led by the great Coach John Robinson, their Rose Bowl victory earned USC a National Championship.

In 1980, Brad again made history; as the eleventh pick in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs, Brad and his father (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. For Brad, playing for eight years in the NFL was the fulfillment of his life-long dream to follow in his father’s footsteps. Off the field, Brad and his wife, Nicolette, devoted themselves to working with abused and neglected children through Camp Opportunity and Division of Family Services in Kansas City, Missouri.

Following retirement from the NFL in 1988, Brad returned to college and earned his Master’s 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 1995–2005, Brad also worked as the offensive line coach at San Clemente High School and Orange Coast College. Brad was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1998, USC Football Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2010.

In 2005, Brad founded GameDay Management Systems, Inc., bringing the fundamentals of high performing sports teams into the workplace. Drawing from his unique life experience as a professional athlete and entrepreneur, Brad has worked with both private corporations and government agencies to increase team efficiency and performance, producing unprecedented results. Brad’s passion for excellence, which allowed him to dominate as a football player and businessman, now empowers managers to become dynamic leaders.

2 Replies to About Brad

  1. Joan Way says:

    Brad,

    First of all it was great talking to you this morning. Secondly, I knew you were accomplished, but in reading your bio I learned some things I didn’t know. I am impressed that you had done all of these things, but didn’t mention them as I got to know you. I have read your blogs and think they are terrific. They certainly should be required reading for young athletes. Theya re weoll written and to the point. With the shortened attention span of today’s kids, these would be a great read. I can’t wait to read some more. By the way, who was the Raider that spit in your face. I never liked them(and still don’t.) I always thought they were dirty players who ate raw meat for breakfast. I wish ou well and promise that we’ll stay in touch! Joan

  2. Joshua Green says:

    Brad,

    With the Chiefs doing so well this season we have had many discussions of them and it has kept my brother Shawn Saunders constantly on my mind. I can’t begin to imagine how incredibly excited he would have been to see the team doing this well. In turn it reminded me of what an amazing friend and person you were in his life. I found this site while doing a short search to see where you may have gone since our lives last crossed when you took me to one of your son Beau’s basketball games in 1997. I’m glad to see that you are doing well and I wish you all the best in the future.

    Joshua Green

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