Willie Buchanon

Willie James Buchanon (born November 4, 1950) is a former cornerback for the National Football League's Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers; he was defensive rookie of the year in 1972 and a two-time Pro Bowl player.[1] He finished his career with his hometown San Diego Chargers, retiring with 28 career interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries.

Willie Buchanon
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Buchanon at MCB Camp Pendleton in 2011
No. 28
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born:November 4, 1950 (age 68)
Oceanside, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Oceanside
(Oceanside, California)
College:San Diego State
NFL Draft:1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions:28
INT yards:278
Touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years through college

Buchanon was born and raised in Oceanside, California, where he was a graduate of Oceanside High School. He attended Mira Costa College,[2] where he was a Junior College All-American in 1969. Buchanon later played football and graduated from San Diego State University. He was voted the Most Valuable Player in the East-West Shrine Game of 1971. Sporting News named the San Diego State All-American to its All-Time collegiate team.

NFL career

Willie Buchanon was selected by Green Bay in the first-round of the 1972 draft, the 7th overall pick.[2] He was the 1972 NFL AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and a one-time All-Pro. In 1978, the Packers defensive back led the NFC with 9 interceptions,[1] including four on September 24, 1978 against the San Diego Chargers[3] that tied him for the still-standing NFL record for most interceptions in a game, first set by Sammy Baugh in 1943. Buchanon spent his last four pro years with the San Diego Chargers,[2] where he tied the NFL all-time record for most recoveries in a game in 1981.

Awards and life after football

Buchanon was named to the Green Bay Packers All-Time team, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame,[4] San Diego State Hall of Fame, San Diego Hall of Champions,[3] California State Junior College Hall of Fame and Oceanside High School Hall of Fame. He is now a realtor in San Diego.

Personal life

Buchanon and his wife, Gwen, have two children: a daughter, Jenae, and a son, Will.[5] His son was a member of the 2003 and 2004 national championship teams with the University of Southern California Trojans, and later played in the NFL. Willie Buchanon lives in his hometown of Oceanside.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b "NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  2. ^ a b c "Player bio". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  3. ^ a b "Bio from San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum". Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  4. ^ a b "Willie Buchanon bio from esportsinstruction.com". Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  5. ^ "Willie Buchanon profile". Retrieved 2010-04-11.

External links

1971 San Diego State Aztecs football team

The 1971 San Diego State Aztecs football team represented San Diego State College during the 1971 NCAA University Division football season as a member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association.The team was led by head coach Don Coryell, in his eleventh year, and played home games at San Diego Stadium in San Diego, California. They finished the season with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5, 2–3 PCAA).

1972 Green Bay Packers season

The 1972 Green Bay Packers season was their 54th season overall and their 52nd season in the National Football League. The club posted a 10–4 record under second-year head coach Dan Devine, earning them the NFC Central division title. The Packers returned to the playoffs after a four-year drought; their most recent division title was in 1967, completing that postseason with a decisive win in Super Bowl II in January 1968.

In 1972, Green Bay entered the penultimate regular season game at Minnesota on December 10 with an 8–4 record. The Vikings (7–5) had won the season's earlier game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay by breaking a fourth quarter tie with two interceptions for touchdowns. This time, the Packers overcame a 7–0 halftime deficit at Metropolitan Stadium with 23 unanswered points to clinch the division title. Running back John Brockington became the first in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, and did it again the following season.

Placekicker Chester Marcol established an NFL rookie record for field goals in a season (since broken). It was the fifteenth and final season of hall of fame linebacker Ray Nitschke.

The Packers' next division title came 23 years later, in 1995.

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