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What are your memories of Brian Budd?
Thu, June 12, 2008

Brian Budd was a jovial, multi-talented athlete and ex-professional soccer player who wowed the world when he beat America's best in the 1970s-80s World Superstars competitions.

He was found dead late Wednesday after collapsing at his Toronto home. No cause of death has been released.

Budd, a forward for seven seasons with the now defunct North American Soccer League, later became a soccer sportscaster.
'Superstar' Brian Budd dead at 56

What are your memories of Brian Budd?



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I first met Brian in the summer of 1970. It was at a Vancouver Blue Bomber's jv football practice. He was a tall gangly kid, big smile on his face. He was trying out for quarterback and we found out he had never played football before, only soccer. He was a natural athlete if there is such a thing and he could throw the football extremely well. He showed up maybe for one or two more practices and then he just never came back. I never forgot the guy, he was one of those rare persons whom you meet during your lifetime that well for want of a better expression, is special. It was with considerable amusement years later when I was watching him on the superstars challenge broadcast from the states. You just knew he would do well and he of course did. I was in Vancouver on vacation from my work in Iraq when I heard of his passing. He never knew me from Adam, but I always considered him a friend. You did well Brian and it was special indeed to have met you those many years ago. Via Condios.
James Donovan, 2008-06-29 09:46:25

My best Memory was when did the dance to promote superstars.. LOVE IT!
Oswald Mendonca, 2008-06-17 12:12:46

In 1969, in Edmonton, Brian ran an incredible, gutsy 800 meter race. Seventeen year old runners do not often run Olympic standard pace but Brian ran 600 of 800 meters at one minute / forty eight second pace.
ross munro, 2008-06-13 15:02:24

Wow, all the years I've watched the footie show on the Score, and I never knew he took part in those athletic competitions. He passed away too soon at 56 - rest in peace, Mr. Budd
D the soccer fan, 2008-06-13 11:23:03

He was amanzing. He was almost like Bruce Lee in what myteries that the human body can do. Always was on the move. He was amanzing
A hockey fan, 2008-06-13 09:37:28

Remember him best playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps and for the Canadian national team. He never stopped running and drove the opposition defenders crazy. His ball control techniques were certainly not the best but his fitness was unreal.
Tom in Germany, 2008-06-13 02:15:53

Brian Budd, a Canadian Professional Soccer player beat the crap out of every American Superstar in the "World Superstars" Competitions. This included NBA stars, NFL Stars, NHL Stars, MLB Stars, Track Stars, etc. He also proved that a Professional Soccer Player was the fit of all professional athletes. He was undefeated for three consecutive years whereby the organizers of the World Superstars competitions enacted a "Brian Budd Rule".

This banned anyone winning the competition 3 consecutive years from entering a fourth time. Brian Budd embarrassed all the American athletes by kicking their collective butts!


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-06-12 23:00:27

I remember his victories at the Superstars competition very well, he was amazing especially the chin-ups. I disagree that Football(Soccer) has no interest in this Country, and his work on the Score was very upbeat and interesting. A big loss to Football, this Country, but especially to his family. You'll never walk alone Brian.
Mike, 2008-06-12 20:30:20

Although I thought he talked a bit too much, there is no denying he was one of Canada's greatest ever athlete. It's just that he expressed it in sports that no one was really that interested in.
Puddy, 2008-06-12 18:12:13

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