Mike Waufle has retired after a 20-year NFL career, the last of which was spent as the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2017.
The 63-year-old former U.S. Marine who was known for his no-nonsense style decided it was time to retire because of chronic pain that he attributes to his playing days.
“I was in constant pain on a daily basis — both knees, foot, back, ankle. All those things added up from my playing days,” Waufle told The Tribune in his hometown of Hornell. He visited the newspaper's offices early Monday to announce his retirement before the Bills made the announcement.
Before spending 20 years in the NFL with the Giants, Rams, Raiders (twice) and the Bills, he was a coach for 19 years at the college level. He started his coaching career at Alfred in 1979, and also spent time at Utah State, Fresno State, UCLA, Oregon State and Cal.
Waufle won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in the 2007 season, as the New York defensive line recorded five sacks of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the upset win. According to the Tribune, Waufle informed Bills coach Sean McDermott a couple days after the team's playoff loss to Jacksonville of his intention to retire.
To fill Waufle's position, the Bills promoted assistant defensive line coach Bill Teerlinck to defensive line coach. Before joining the Bills, he had spent three years as the defensive line coach at the University of Nevada. Teerlinck's father, John, had a 30-plus year coaching career, winning three Super Bowl rings (two with Denver, one with Indianapolis). He's regarded as one of the best defensive line coaches of all time, having coached 31 Pro Bowlers and four defensive MVPs in his career.
Aaron Whitecotton has been named assistant defensive line coach. He spent the 2017 season as the administrative assistant to coach Sean McDermott.