JUNIOUS (BUCK) BUCHANAN

JUNIOUS (BUCK) BUCHANAN

Class of 1990
Defensive Tackle >>> 6-7, 270
(Grambling)
1963-1975 Kansas City Chiefs

Junious Buchanan ... NAIA All-American at Grambling ... First player selected in 1963 AFL Draft ... Possessed speed, size, determination, durability ... Missed only one game in 13 years ... Excelled at intimidating passer, batted down 16 passes, 1967 ... Four-time All-AFL, All-AFC in 1970, 1971 ... Led Chiefs defensive efforts in Super Bowl I, IV ... Played in six AFL All-Star games, two AFC-NFC Pro Bowls ... Born September 10, 1940, in Gainesville, Alabama ... Died July 16, 1992, at age of 51.

Buck Buchanan was the first player taken in the 1963 American Football League Draft. Selected by the Kansas City Chiefs, Buck quickly proved the rave notices that preceded him were not unfounded. Eddie Robinson, his coach at Grambling, where he had been an NAIA All-America in 1962, called him "the finest lineman I have seen."

Others who had watched Buchanan in action were equally enthusiastic. Born September 10, 1940, in Gainesville, Alabama, Buchanan had the physical size – 6-7 and 270 pounds – plus the athletic instincts to be exceptionally successful at his job of foiling opposition offenses. He was particularly effective at intimidating the passer and, in one season alone in 1967, he batted down 16 opposition passes at or behind the line of scrimmage. He was clocked at 4.9 in the 40 and 10.2 in the 100 at Grambling and, with that speed; he could range from sideline to sideline to make tackles.

In spite of the weekly pounding he took on the scrimmage line, Buchanan was extremely durable. He played in 182 career games that included a string of 166 straight. After dabbling briefly at defensive end as a rookie, Buchanan settled down to his permanent job as the Chiefs' defensive right tackle. He was named to his first AFL All-Star game after his second season in 1964. It was the first of an eight-season period during which he played in either the AFL All-Star game or the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. He was a virtually unanimous All-AFL choice from 1966 through 1969 and then won All-AFC honors in 1970 and 1971. He was a defensive leader for the Chiefs in their losing effort in Super Bowl I and then was outstanding in Kansas City's 23-7 upset of Minnesota in Super Bowl IV that saw the Buchanan-led defense completely stifle the vaunted Vikings attack.

Year
Team
G
Int
Yds.
Avg.
TD
FumRec.
1963 Kansas City
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
1964 Kansas City
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
1965 Kansas City
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
1966 Kansas City
14
0
0
0.0
0
1
1967 Kansas City
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
1968 Kansas City
14
1
11
11.0
0
1
1969 Kansas City
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
1970 Kansas City
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
1971 Kansas City
14
1
9
9.0
0
0
1972 Kansas City
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
1973 Kansas City
14
1
17
17.0
0
0
1974 Kansas City
14
0
0
0.0
0
2
1975 Kansas City
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
Career Total 182
3
37
12.3
0
4
Additional Career Statistics: Scoring: 1 Safety; Kickoff Returns: 1-0

Full Name: Junious Buchanan

Birthdate: September 10, 1940

Birthplace: Gainesville, Alabama

Died: July 16, 1992

High School: A.H. Parker (Birmingham, AL)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 27, 1990

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 4, 1990

Presenter: Hank Stram, Buchanan's Head Coach with Kansas Chiefs

Other Members of Class of 1990: Bob Griese, Franco Harris, Ted Hendricks, Jack Lambert, Tom Landry, Bob St. Clair

Pro Career: 13 seasons, 182 games

Drafted: 1st round (1st overall) by Dallas Texans, AFL

Uniform Number: 86

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