A Tribute to Maxie Baughan: A Dominant Force in Football History

Maxie Baughan, a name synonymous with dominance and athleticism in the world of football, passed away at the age of 85. His legacy as one of the most formidable linebackers of the 1960s remains etched in the annals of NFL history. Baughan's journey began with the Philadelphia Eagles, who recognized his potential and quickly made him a starter after drafting him in the second round of the 1960 NFL Draft.

A Decade of Excellence

Baughan's career was marked by a decade of excellence, split between the Eagles and the Los Angeles Rams. He was traded to the Rams in 1966, where he continued to shine, contributing significantly to the team's success. His prowess on the field was recognized with nine Pro Bowl nominations during the 1960s, missing out on the honor only once. His accolades also include five times being named a second-team All-Pro and once a first-team member.

Hall of Fame Recognition

In recognition of his contributions, Baughan was inducted into the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame in 2015. He is also among the 12 semifinalists in the seniors category for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024, a testament to his enduring impact on the sport.

Transition to Coaching

After retiring from active play, Baughan transitioned to coaching, serving as a defensive coordinator for Georgia Tech, his alma mater. His coaching career spanned 23 years, with stints as the defensive coordinator for the Lions, head coach of Cornell, and linebackers coach for the Vikings, Buccaneers, and Ravens.

A Legacy Remembered

Maxie Baughan's passing marks the end of an era. His contributions to football, both as a player and a coach, have left an indelible mark on the sport. As we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his life and the legacy he leaves behind. His story serves as an inspiration for future generations of athletes and coaches alike.

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