meet “bubba”

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William H. Paris Jr. is better known as “Bubba” Paris. He hails from Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended DeSales High School and was team captain and MVP. He went to the University of Michigan where he played for Bo Schembechler. While playing for Michigan, they won two Big Ten Titles, a Rose Bowl and Blue Bonnet Bowl Championship. He was a four-year letterman, an All-American, two time All-Big Ten, second team Academic All-American, Academic All-Big Ten, and Academic All-District. He also played in two college All-Star games: the Japan and Hula Bowls. .

In 1982, he was the San Francisco Forty-Niner’s first draft choice. He played with them for nine years; eight of which he started at left tackle. In those nine years, they won three Super Bowl Championships, eight Western Division Titles and played in five NFC Championship games. They were known as the team of the decade! He was also the players’ union representative for five years.

In the beginning of the 1992 football season, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent. He played there for thirteen games. The Detroit Lions were decimated by injuries on the offensive line so they signed him to a contract to help shore up their offensive line and teach a young team how to stay focused and win in the post season. They won the Central Divisional Title and played in the NFC Championship game.

He was elected to the DeSales High School’s Hall of Honor, the Multi Ethic Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Catholic Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1982, he formed Paris Enterprises, a marketing and promotional firm. It specialized in creating marketing plans, creating and placing media, implementing promotional activities and motivational speaking.

In 1987, Paris Enterprises focused on human resources and specialized in motivational speaking, education seminars, self-esteem workshops, promotional appearances and auctioneering.

Bubba has distinguished himself as one of this nation’s premier speakers. He has addressed groups ranging from IBM executives to San Quentin Prison inmates, from Little League Teams to the California State Assembly, from groups as small as two or as large as five thousand.

He was an NFL analyst for ESPN2’s Cold Pizza.   He served as sports analyst for Channel 7 TV in San Francisco. He has co-hosted a weekly live talk show on KNBR radio. He also had a segment on 1050 The Ticket Radio. He produced a special segment called “Behind the Face Mask.”  He has anchored sports. He was a special segment reporter and a producer of sports features entitled “Heart of a Champion.”  He was a sideline reporter for CBS covering 49ers and Raiders preseason football. He co-hosted the 49er preview show for KPIX Channel 5.  He co-host “The Point After” a post-game show covering the San Francisco 49ers. He also has a segment on the 49er Total Access Show call “Cooking with Bubba.”

He founded Bubba Paris Friends of the Homeless, He is a poet, author and an ordained minister serving as an evangelist.

More About Bubba:

  • Hails from Louisville, Kentucky
  • Captained and won MVP honors at DeSales Prepatory High School   
  • Enshrined to DeSales, Multi Ethic, Kentucky Pro Football and Catholic Sports Halls of Fame.
  • Attended The University of Michigan and played for legendary Coach Bo Schembechler
  • Won Big Ten, Rose and Blue Bonnet Bowl titles
  • Was a four-year letterman, All-American, two time All-Big Ten selection
  • Belongs to Academic  All District, All-American and All Big Ten teams
  • Played in two college All-Star Bowl games

During his NFL Football journeys he:

  • Was the number one draft choice select by the San Francisco Forty-Niner’s
  • Earned a Forty-Niner starting lineman position for 8 consecutive years
  • Won 3 Super Bowl World Championships
  • Played in 5 NFC Championship games
  • Secured 8 Western Division Titles
  • Was on the handpicked  team of the decade
  • Contributed as players’ representative
  • Signed with the Indianapolis Colts
  • Played with The Detroit Lions
  • Won the Central Divisional Title and played in the NFC Championship game with the Lions

Radio television and public experiences include:

  • NFL analyst for ESPN, CBS, Channel 7 San Francisco, KPIX, and radio KNBR  1050.
  • Producing a special segment called “Behind the Face Mask.” .
  • Special segment reporter and producer of sports documentaries entitled “Heart of a Champion”
  • Co-hosting  post-game show coverage for The San Francisco 49ers
  • A featured segment on the 49er Total Access Show call “Cooking with Bubba”
  • Poet, author and ordained minister and evangelist.