Remembering Rudy Bukich

Former quarterback Rudy Bukich died Monday at 85, and Pro Football Journal's John Tierney remembers him as a quarterback who electrified Chicago for an all-too-short period in the 1960s.


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Rudy Bukich, a quarterback who gained stardom with the Chicago Bears in the 1960s and whose arm was so strong he was known as “Rudy the Rifle,” died Monday at 85.

Bukich wasn’t one of the league’s great quarterbacks, but he was for a 16-game period from 1964-65. From the last five games of the ’64 season to the first 11 of the following year, Bukich completed 60 percent of his passes for 30 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

His passer rating? An astonishing 105.5 when nobody … nobody … was anywhere close.

For a closer look at what made Rudy Bukich more than just a two-paragraph obituary, a quarterback we should remember, read John Turney’s insightful paean to him in Pro Football Journal: