All posts by Brad Budde

Change: Hard, but Necessary

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ADVERSITY / If you were to ask the average person what NFL stands for and he will tell you, “National Football League”; however, those who have played know that it stands for “Not for Long.” The average NFL player career lasts 3.5 years according to the NFLPA. I always believed that when the end came, I would see it coming. Read more…

Success To Signifigance

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EMPOWERMENT / My wife will tell you that when I am captivated by someone, which is rare, my whole body is engaged; chair turned toward the individual, eyes focused, posture forward, and the persons’ voice is the only one that I hear. From the moment I met Hayden Fry, I was completely captivated. Many in College Football measure a Head Coach’s success by wins, appearances in prestigious bowl games, or the number of players drafted into the NFL. However, Hayden Fry, a fellow inductee into the 2010 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, does not measure his success by those statistics. Read more…

Success is Learned Before it is Earned

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MENTORSHIP / January 11th, 1970 at 7pm in New Orleans, my father (Ed Budde) pulled his sweaty, bloodstained Kansas City Chiefs football jersey off and handed it to me. As a 12 year old boy with hopes of following in my father’s footsteps, I would never forget the scene unfolding in front of me. Champagne sprayed, cigars were lit, laughter, tears and pride pulsated through the locker room celebration when a phone rang. Quarterback, (Super Bowl IV, MVP) Len Dawson, picked up the receiver and a hush fell across the locker room. “Thank you Mr. President,” he said as President Nixon congratulated the 1969 Kansas City Chiefs for their Super Bowl IV World Championship victory over the Minnesota Vikings. My father’s smiling eyes met mine. My mentor/father once again had brought me alongside him, to experience up-close and personal, the victory celebration after a challenging year of intense preparation, discipline, selfless team work and sacrifice, which led to this ultimate achievement. Read more…

It’s Not Personal, It’s Business

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PREPAREDNESS / During eight years in the NFL, my favorite opponent was the Oakland Raiders. Playing the silver and black was a fight to the finish, literally! If the Raiders could not beat the Chiefs by scoring more points, they would change tactics and use their “Sunday Punch.” This “Sunday Punch” involved getting inside their opponents heads. At first, they began by picking fights and taunting and finally they move into aggressive and devious methods of torment. Read more…

What You Want Versus What You Need

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FEEDBACK / During my senior year in high school I was a “blue-chip” football recruit, ranked in the top eleven football seniors in the nation. Blue Chip recruits can write their own ticket to any college, earn an education, and maybe even end up in the NFL. I had the privilege of meeting many great football coaches and learning about the unique academic opportunities each university could offer me, but one football coach captivated my soul. It was not his firm handshake or the force of the intensity in his eyes when he spoke but rather the steel core of character he radiated. Coach Marv Goux flew in from the University of Southern California and made me an offer I could not refuse. Read more…