Bruce Laird
No. 40, 30
Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1950-05-23) May 23, 1950 (age 73)
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Scituate (Scituate, Massachusetts)
College:American International
NFL Draft:1972 / Round: 6 / Pick: 152
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interception yards:379
Fumble recoveries:18
Return yards:4,153
Player stats at · PFR

Bruce Allan Laird (born May 23, 1950) is an American former professional football player who was a strong safety and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL) and United States Football League (USFL). He played college football at American International College.

Laird played in the NFL 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.[1] Over his 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.[1]

Early years

Bruce Allan Laird was born May 23, 1950 in Lowell, Massachusetts.[1] He moved to the coast, and attended Scituate High School where he was a four-sports star.[2]

College years

Laird attended American International College,[1] where he was an All-American his junior and senior years. He graduated with dual degrees in history and political science.

Later years

After Bruce's final season with the NFL, he played in the USFL for the Arizona Wranglers and Arizona Outlaws.

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.[2]

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.[2] He has also been the NFL's uniform inspector for Baltimore Ravens home games at M&T Bank Stadium since 1998.[3]