Rudy Bukich, American football player, Died at 85


Rudolph Andrew Bukich was born on September 15, 1930, and died on February 29, 2016.

He was an American football.

He played as a quarterback in the National Football League between 1953 and 1968.

Rudy played college football at the University of Southern California.

Rudy Bukich known as “Rudy the Rifle” for his uncommon arm strength, he tied a National Football League record with 13 consecutive pass completions in the 1964 season.

Rudy was the second-leading passer in the league.

He was the starting quarterback after one year in his senior year at Roosevelt High School in St Louis, Missouri, on a team that did not win a game.

Rudy Bukich played one game as wingback when Roosevelt tried to upset eventual league champions Cleveland by surprising Cleveland by playing the single wing.

He earned a football scholarship to Iowa State University as a wingback.

The football player then transferred to the University of Southern California.

Over his senior year, Southern California went to the 1953 Rose Bowl.

Following the starting quarterback (an All-American) was sidelined with injuries, Rudy Bukich came in and conducted a drive, completing all but two of his passes, that resulted in the only score, for USC to defeat Wisconsin, 7–0.

He was selected as the Most Valuable Player in the game.

Following his career, Rudy Bukich was inducted into the USC Trojan Hall of Fame and, later, into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

Rudy was selected in the second round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.

Rudy Bukich would go on to play for the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

His greatest performances were during his second stint with the Bears.

Rudy Bukich was the Bears quarter back when they won the 1963 NFL Championship Game (Bill Wade was the starter throughout the season).

He had replaced Wade during Week Four against the Baltimore Colts after Wade completed just 5 of 21 passes.

He played the rest of the game, completing 6 of 7 passes with a touchdown pass to Ronnie Bull, which was the deciding margin of victory.

Rudy Bukich passed away at 85 yrs old.