According to the Calgary Stampeders website on Friday, former Calgary Stampeder wide receiver Frank Budd passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the age of 74 of natural causes. Budd played for the Stampeders in 1965 and 1966.
A native of Long Branch, New Jersey, Budd represented the United States in the men's 100m at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. He finished in fifth place.
According to Olympic Reference, Budd set the world records in the men's 100 yards, 220 yards and was on the American team that set the world record in the 4x100 yard relay with Hayes Jones, Paul Drayton and Charles Frazier. A stand out athlete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association level, Budd was the NCAA champion in the 100 yards in 1961 and 1962 and the 220 yards in 1962.
In 1961, Budd set the world record in the men's 100 yards by running a time of 9.2 seconds at the Amateur Athletic Union Track and Field Championship in New York City according to Frank Litsky of the New York Times. Prior to playing professional football, Budd attended Villanova University where he graduated with a degree in economics in 1962.
Budd then went on to play one year each with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins prior to playing his two years with the Stampeders. While with Calgary, Budd had 38 catches for 891 yards and six touchdowns.
In 1965, the Stampeders had the best record in the West Division during the regular season at 12 wins and four losses. The Stampeders also led the CFL with 340 points scored. However their regular season success that year would not equate to playoff success as they lost 2-1 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a best of three series in the West Division Final.
In 1966, the Stampeders went 6-9-1 and missed the playoffs. Following his career, Budd worked at the Atlantic City Casino and the New Jersey Department of Corrections. He is survived by his wife Barbara, two daughters, one son and nine grandchildren.