Former Chicago Bear Doug Buffone, the all-time leader in games played for the organization, has died at the age of 70, police said.
Paramedics were called to his home in the 1200 block of West Lexington Street around 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to police and fire officials. He was dead on the scene, they said.
Buffone played for 15 seasons as a linebacker, racking up more than 1,200 tackles and going over the 100-tackle mark in seven seasons.
Buffone retired in 1980 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.
In recent years, Buffone hosted a Bears postgame radio on 670 AM with Ed O’Bradovich.
RIP Doug. Those iconic rants on The Score will never be the same. Some of his were just classic.
Very true, homer all the way, and I don't know if anyone had a better Chicago accent. RIP Doug!
Damn....was really looking forward to this seasons rants too
'The Score' was destination radio for me after a Bear thumping. Loved the meltdown, and Doug and OB were always willing to call out the players and the Bears organization for their failings,
RIP Mr. Buffone.
I'll miss this.
I am not exaggerating when I say this ruined my day. Never has another man's frustration been so entertaining. The world is truly a lesser place.
Forget the radio rants, Buffone was a highly underrated player due mostly to the fact that he spent 10 years as Butkus' wingman. He piled up a huge number of sacks while Butkus was drawing double/triple team blocks. If the league was keeping sack stats back then he would be high on the all time list at least for LBs. Somebody posted this photo:
Its from the original "Brians Song" film part of which was shot at an actual Bear's training camp. Thats Buffone in the red shirt with his buddy O'Bradovich on the left in the yellow and appropriately Butkus in the middle in the blue. RIP Doug.
He talked anout always went back to Pennsylvania deer hunting with his brothers, and the stories that came with.
Like Payton, Bear fans losing a good one.
To The Great Tomato Can in the Sky!