Glenn Bujnoch, American football player, Died at 69


Glenn David Bujnoch, pronounced as BOOZH-nok, was a notable American football offensive lineman who made his mark in the National Football League (NFL) during his career spanning from 1976 to 1984. He was born on December 20, 1953, and sadly, he passed away in September 2023 at the age of 69.

Early Life and Education

Bujnoch’s journey in football began at Mount Carmel High School in Houston, Texas. It was here that his talent and passion for the game started to shine. Later, he took his skills to the collegiate level, playing college football at Texas A&M University, where he continued to hone his abilities.

Professional Career

Glenn Bujnoch’s NFL journey commenced when he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1976 NFL Draft. His rookie year with the Bengals saw him in action in all 14 games, even starting one of them. From 1977 through 1980, spanning four seasons, Bujnoch became a regular starter, participating in 60 games and starting all but four of them. His time with the Bengals wasn’t just about blocking; he even scored his only NFL touchdown on a four-yard run in 1977.

In 1981, Bujnoch was part of the Bengals team that achieved remarkable success, winning the AFC Championship and earning a place in Super Bowl XVI. Despite being limited to six games (starting five) in that season, his contribution was invaluable.

His tenure with the Bengals concluded after the 1982 season, which marked his seventh and final year with the team.

Following his time in Cincinnati, Bujnoch ventured to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played in 1983 and 1984, featuring in a total of 14 games and starting in five of them. Unfortunately, his stint with Tampa Bay came to an end when he was released before the 1985 season.

Personal Life and Legacy

Off the field, Glenn Bujnoch shared his life with his wife, Sue, and they made their home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their family included their sons, Digger Bujnoch and Austen Bujnoch. Digger, a former University of Cincinnati offensive lineman, signed with several NFL teams, although he never appeared in a regular-season NFL game. Austen, also a three-year starter for the Bearcats, continued the football legacy in the family.

In September 2023, the football community and fans bid farewell to Glenn Bujnoch, a player who had left an indelible mark on the NFL. His dedication, talent, and contributions to the sport will always be remembered, and he will forever be a part of football’s rich history.