2005 Buffalo Bob Smith Award
Buffalo Bob Smith began his broadcasting career in his hometown of Buffalo, but of course gained worldwide fame as the human friend of America’s favorite puppet, Howdy Doody. Despite his international celebrity, Bob never forgot his hometown, and even adopted it as a part of his name. Each year we honor a broadcaster who has made his or her mark away from the Niagara Frontier, but is a Buffalonian at heart. Since 1964, when he was traded to the Bills, Paul Maguire has been a Buffalonian. Since his retirement from football in 1970, Maguire has used his suburban Buffalo home as the home base for a sports broadcasting career that is incredible if only based on its 35 year longevity. The fact that he never softens the edges, added to his feistiness and humor have always meant that his Color Commentary has certainly offered more color, than any other analyst in football. A lunch bucket player and a lunch bucket broadcaster has made lunch bucket Buffalo proud to call him one of us for over 40 years.