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Junious “Buck” Buchanan

Junious “Buck” Buchanan

DT

1963-1975

Born: September 10, 1940 (Gainesville, AL)

College: Grambling

Drafted: By Texans, 1963 / 1st Rd (1st overall)

Career Highlights:

  • AFL All-Star Game, 1964-69
  • AFC/NFC Pro Bowl, 1970-71
  • All-AFL/AFC, 1964-71
  • All-Pro, 1967-69, 1971
  • Chiefs MVP, 1965, 1967
  • Chiefs Hall of Fame Inductee, 1981
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee, 1990
  • College Football Hall of Fame Inductee, 1996

At 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, Junious “Buck” Buchanan had a mythic presence, even among football people. Eddie Robinson, his coach at Grambling, called him “the finest lineman I’ve ever seen.” Chiefs’ scout Don Klosterman raved, “He can run a 220 in twenty seconds flat with a goat under each arm.” The first player selected in the 1963 AFL draft (making him the first overall No. 1 choice from a historically black college), Buchanan earned the starting defensive tackle job by the end of his rookie season, and began a string of eight consecutive all-star game appearances the following year. He was the anchor of the Chiefs’ defense that held three playoff opponents to 6, 7 and 7 points in the 1969 world championship campaign. “He revolutionized the game,” said Raiders coach John Madden. “Guys that tall usually played on the outside. But Buck was the first tall guy to play inside. When a tall guy with his type of speed is rushing, he takes a couple of steps and then, boom, he would be on the quarterback.”

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