|Date of birth:||January 17, 1937|
|Place of birth:||Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Date of death:||February 29, 2008(aged 71)|
|Place of death:||Houston, Texas, United States|
|NFL Draft:||1959 / Round: 2 / Pick: 22
(By the New York Giants)
|Career highlights and awards|
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Early life 
College career 
He was a complete end that played both ways. He stood 6–1 and weighed 185.
In 1957 he had 21 receptions, averaged 24 yards. He made all-Southwest, helped Rice to the conference championship, played with Rice in the Cotton Bowl, and was named to the all-bowls all-star team.
In 1958 he caught 19 passes, averaged 14 yards on each, was his team’s co-captain and Most Valuable Player, and was consensus All-America. The Columbus Touchdown Club named him Lineman of the Year.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
Professional career 
Dial was an all-pro with the Steelers three times.
Perhaps Dial's most famous moment was when he scored a touchdown against the Cowboys in 1962 and as he ran into the endzone, a loud explosive charge was set off right in front of him, heavily startling Dial, a moment that has been remembered as one of the NFL's greatest follies.
He was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 1963, but injuries limited his playing time in Dallas in 1964, 1965 and 1966.
Dial finished his career with 261 receptions for 5,436 yards (20.8 yards per rec. avg.), and 44 touchdowns, and 14 yards on four rushes (3.5 yards per rush avg.). He was selected to the Pro Bowl twice, in 1961 and 1963.
Injuries during his NFL career led to significant health problems brought on by the abuse of painkilling drugs, and Dial went through years of difficulties before treatment in the late 1980s.
- College Football Hall of Fame Biography
- Pro Football Reference
- Obituary in the Houston Chronicle
- Buddy Dial at Find a Grave
- Buddy Dial's football cards