- Paul Maguire
Infobox Pro Football player
DateOfBirth=Birth date and age|1938|8|22|mf=y
Honors=American Football League Champion, 1963, 1964, 1965
Records="'Most consecutive AFL Championships (3)
teams=Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers
Paul Leo Maguire (born
August 22, 1938in Youngstown, Ohio) is a former American footballplayer and current television sportscaster.
Early sports career
Professional football career
In 1960, he was selected as an original
American Football LeagueLos Angeles Charger, where he served as both a punter and linebacker. He moved with the team to San Diegoin 1961, and stayed there until 1964 when he joined the Buffalo Bills. Maguire was an ace at the "coffin corner" punt. He contributed to three Bills' Eastern Division titles, and their AFL championships in 1964 and 1965. He was involved in one of the most spectacular plays in Bills' history in the 1965 American Football League Championship game against the Chargers. Butch Byrdtook a John Hadlpunt and with outstanding blocking, took it 74 yards for a TD. The last two blocks were by Maguire, crushing two Chargers.
Maguire played in six of the ten American Football League Championship Games — three with the Chargers and three with the Bills, winning four AFL Championship rings, and he was the league's all-time punter in punts and yardage. He was one of only twenty players who were in the AFL for its entire ten-year existence. After his retirement he was inducted into the Youngstown, Ohio Sports Hall of Fame, and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
Beginning in the 1970s, Maguire worked as a
color commentatoron network NFL telecasts, first with NBCand then ESPN. He also called ESPN's telecasts of college football, the Canadian Football Leagueand the now-defunct USFL. In 1998, he began a long tenure in the booth of "Sunday Night Football".
Maguire, who had a residence in Buffalo after his playing days, hosted a locally produced call-in show called the "
BudweiserSportsline". Later the program was broadcast on the Empire Sports Network.
Maguire worked his last NFL game on
January 1, 2006, as "Sunday Night Football" ended on ESPN. However, Maguire was retained by ESPN to serve as a commentator for ABC's college footballwith Brad Nessler, former Miami Dolphinsquarterback Bob Griese, and field reporter Bonnie Bernstein.
In March 2007, Maguire began to serve as an in-studio analyst for
ESPN's NFL Live.
* [http://www.remembertheafl.com/1965ToppsBills.htm#PaulMaguire Maguire's 1965 Topps football card]
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