Bruce Laird (American football)
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|Date of birth:||May 23, 1950|
|Place of birth:||Lowell, Massachusetts|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||193 lb (88 kg)|
|College:||American International College|
|NFL Draft:||1972 / Round: 6 / Pick: 152|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 1983|
Bruce Allan Laird (born 1950) is a retired American Pro Football player.
Laird was a Pro-Bowl Defensive Back, primarily a strong safety with the Baltimore Colts from 1972–1981, then for the San Diego Chargers for two seasons, before moving to the USFL after the 1983 season. Over Bruce's 12 year NFL career he started in 127 games, and played in a total of 164 games.
The first half of his career, Laird was a special teams punt and kick returner. Although he never returned one for a touchdown, he accumulated 3,748 yards in 213 attempts, with a career long of 73 yards. His average punt return was 6.6 yards per attempt, and he averaged 24.7 yards per kick return attempt.
Once retired from the game, Laird remained active with the NFL, as a member of the Board of Directors of "Fourth & Goal", an independent organization for the benefit of retired NFL players.
Laird currently works as a senior marketing executive for a medical practice, Multi-Specialty HealthCare, and resides in the Baltimore metropolitan area, with his second wife, Mary, and his three sons from his first wife. He has also been the NFL's uniform inspector for Baltimore Ravens home games at M&T Bank Stadium since 1998.