Maury Buford was born in Mount Pleasant, Texas, grew up in a family of seven children, and went to Mount Pleasant High School. He played for the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. The 6-foot-1, 192 pound punter was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1982 and played there through 1984. Buford played 4 seasons for the Bears during the Ditka era from 1985-1986 and 1989-1991 (he was a New York Giants punter in 1988). He was a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears’ Championship Team that won Super Bowl XX. Buford had a Bears’ career average on punts of 40.8. He never missed a game in his entire career.

Sports Faith Internaitonal is Chaired by Sporting Chance Press author, Patrick McCaskey. This media initiative honors the achievements of the athletes, coaches, and teams that lead exemplary lives. SFI inducted Maury Buford into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at its annual banquet at the Forester Hotel in Lake Forest.  Taking the podium to receive his award, Bufford was humble about his contributions, but football fans know that great teams need steady, consistent play from their special teams players and Buford did that for the Bears.


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