Doug Buffone

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Doug Buffone
Date of birth:(1944-06-27) June 27, 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth:Yatesboro, Pennsylvania
Career information
Position(s):Linebacker
College:Louisville
NFL Draft:1966 / Round: 4 / Pick: 60
Organizations
As player:
1966–1979Chicago Bears
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com
 
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Doug Buffone
Date of birth:(1944-06-27) June 27, 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth:Yatesboro, Pennsylvania
Career information
Position(s):Linebacker
College:Louisville
NFL Draft:1966 / Round: 4 / Pick: 60
Organizations
As player:
1966–1979Chicago Bears
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Douglas John Buffone (born June 27, 1944 in Yatesboro, Pennsylvania) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. Buffone, the son of a coal miner (whose parents were Italian immigrants from the southern province of Cosenza, regione di Calabria), attended high school at Shannock Valley High School in Rural Valley, Pennsylvania.

College career[edit]

Buffone played linebacker and center from 1962 to 1965 at the University of Louisville. Buffone is one of only four players to lead UofL in tackles for three consecutive seasons. The others are Mark Sander, Tom Jackson (1970–72) and Tyrus McCloud (1994-96). He remains the Cardinals' No. 3 all-time tackler with 479, just nine stops behind the program's all-time leader Mark Sander (1987–90). Veteran head coach Frank Camp, who tutored NFL greats like Johnny Unitas, Lenny Lyles, Ernie Green and Ken Kortas, said Buffone was "the most complete ball player I've ever coached."

NFL career[edit]

Following his collegiate career, Buffone was selected by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 1966 NFL Draft and the eighth round of the American Football League Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Buffone went on to play 15 seasons at linebacker for the Bears, retiring in 1980 as the all-time leader in games played for the legendary organization.

In his professional career, Buffone gathered more than 1,200 tackles, going over the 100-tackle mark in seven seasons. He also had the honor of serving as defensive captain for eight seasons, beginning in 1972. Buffone retired with 24 career interceptions to lead all Bear linebackers. The first two pickoffs of his career came off future Hall of Famers Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas. His retirement from football also signaled the end of an era for the Bears as he was the last active Bear to have played for George Halas.

Post football career[edit]

Buffone and his family currently reside in Chicago, where he remains heavily involved in Chicago sports and broadcasting. Doug was one of the founders of the Arena Football League, starting the Chicago Bruisers franchise, which played in the ArenaBowl II, and was involved in the United States Football League with the Chicago Blitz. He provided broadcast color commentary for the first NFL game (featuring the Bears and the Dallas Cowboys) in Europe.

Buffone currently co-hosts "Chicago NFL Live" on "The Score" WSCR 670 AM, as well as Bears postgame with Ed O'Bradovich, and recently completed 14 seasons of The Doug Buffone Show on Fox Sports Net Chicago. Other shows Buffone was involved in producing included The Neal Anderson Show for WBBM-AM, and The Mike Ditka Show for WSCR-AM. On "The Score", Buffone also co-hosted shows with Mike North (The Wise Guys) and Norm Van Lier (The Bear and The Bull) as well as other hosts.

In May 2009, Buffone and his long-time Bears post-game partner Ed O'Bradovich left WSCR-AM and joined Chicago Sports Webio. However, in June 2009, the founder of Chicago Sports Webio was charged with operating a Ponzi scheme, and the site was shut down.[1] Buffone and O'Bradovich re-signed with the Score in late August 2009.

Buffone is an entrepreneur, and part owner of several Chicago area businesses, including "Gibson's Steak House", one of the most popular nightspots in Chicago's Rush Street area, and Digital One, a video production and streaming video company in the Chicago suburbs. Buffone's company Digital One is the creator of ClickStreamTV, an online video platform product that was designed for small to medium sized businesses.[2] Also, Buffone now has a blog on his website where he posts his opinions on sports.[3]

Buffone began broadcasting Chicago Rush Arena Football League games for Comcast SportsNet and WGN in 2010.

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