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Louisville legend Doug Buffone passes away

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Doug Buffone, one of the greatest defensive players in the history of Louisville football, was found dead in his Chicago home on Monday. He was 71-years-old.

Though Buffone is best-known for being Louisville's No. 3 all-time tackler, he actually played on both sides of the ball for the Cardinals from 1962-65, lining up at both linebacker and offensive center. His terrific career at U of L resulted in him being selected by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 1966 NFL Draft and the eighth round of the AFL by the San Diego Chargers.

Buffone wound up signing with the Bears, where he would go on to become one of the most well-known players in franchise history. He played linebacker in Chicago for 15 seasons, recording more than 1,200 tackles and going over the 100-tackle mark in seven seasons. He was the Bears' defensive captain for eight years, and retired in 1980 as the all-time leader in games played for the organization.

After his playing career ended, Buffone remained in Chicago where he was one of the founders of the Arena Football League, starting the Chicago Bruisers franchise. He was also involved in the United States Football League with the Chicago Blitz. In recent years, Buffone was best-known for hosting "Chicago NFL Live" as well as a Bears postgame radio show on "The Score" WSCR 670 AM.