Lewis "Bud" McFadin, 77, a five-time Pro Bowl lineman who spent 11 years in the National Football League and played with the Los Angeles Rams, died Monday in a hospital in Victoria, Texas. The cause of death was not reported.
An All-America lineman at the University of Texas in 1949 and 1950, McFadin was the Rams' No. 1 draft choice in the 1951 selection of players. Being a first-round player earned him an annual salary of $9,000.
McFadin's career was cut short when he was accidentally shot in the stomach by a disgruntled ex-employee of a business he owned in 1955. He recovered relatively well but wasn't sure he wanted to resume his football career. But he ended his retirement in 1960 to play for the Denver Broncos in their inaugural season in the American Football League.
He ended his playing career with the Houston Oilers in 1965. After retirement, he became the Oilers' defensive line coach for the next four seasons. After leaving football, he ranched for a while in West Texas and later sold oil field equipment in Victoria. He was inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor in 1973.