A number of people have represented the Acadiana area in the National Football League.

All summer long, we’re going to spotlight the fantastic athletes from the area, people that were actually born in one of the Acadiana parishes, that went on to play football at the highest level, the NFL.

Earlier, we profiled Abbeville native Godfrey Zaunbrecher.

Today, we spotlight Paul Guidry.

Born on January 14, 1944 in Breaux Bridge, Guidry played freshman football at LSU, before spending joining the U.S. Army Reserve.

Following his first six months of a 6-year stint in the reserve, Guidry went to college at McNeese St., where he played both tight end and defensive end, twice earning all-Gulf States Conference honors and playing on two GSC championship squads.  In 1964 he led McNeese in pass receptions with 11 catches for 225 yards and a touchdown

The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Guidry was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 8th round of the 1966 NFL Draft.

Guidry made his NFL debut with the Bills in 1966, at the age of 22, appearing in all 14 games, mostly on special teams.

A 7-year member of the Bills, Guidry was a starter at outside linebacker in the last five, while also serving as team captain.

In his 7 seasons in Buffalo, Guidry compiled 5 interceptions, while also recovering 4 fumbles.

In 1973, his final year in the NFL, Guidry played for the Houston Oilers, starting in 6 of the 14 games he appeared in.

In 8 NFL seasons, from 1966-1973, Guidry appeared in 106 games, including 72 as a starter, accumulating 5 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries.

Inducted into the McNeese St. Hall of Fame in 1991, Guidry now lives in Tennessee, after spending time as a restaurant owner, teacher, coach, and assistant principal.

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