Everything is harder in the frigid air, especially punting. Chicago has been lucky with punters for most of my life. The Bears had Bob Parsons for most of my youth and have had Brad Maynard for the last several years. Starting in the mid-80's, the Bears had Maury Buford.
Buford was a small guy. He's listed at 6'-1" and 191 pounds. That is certainly a far cry from a certain large armed punter the Bears had in the 90's.
Buford was a very funny guy, too. I had a great time when I met him at a charity bowling event. He joked about a lot of his ex-teammates in Chicago and he talked about the challenge of punting here. Actually, he averaged only two yards less in Chicago, then he had in San Diego.
I will be watching Brad Maynard as he battles the weather in Minnesota. Hopefully, he will have a great game and help the Bears defense.
The picture isn't the best, but I do like how it looked in a negative form. I think it's better that way.
Maury Buford and me in Arlington Heights, IL-Mid 1990's.