Posted by: travellinbaen | February 26, 2009

Terrell Buckley

Pascagoula High School (1989); Gautier native                                                                                                                                             

Football–Pascagoula High School, Florida State University, NFL

Enshrined–2009

Nicknames–T-Buck, Buck

Terrell Buckley was a starting cornerback for the Pascagoula Panthers in 1987-1988 earning all-state honors both seasons. He played a prominent role on the Panthers’ legendary undefeated 1987 squad. He intercepted  30  passes during his Panther career, returning 7 for touchdowns. He also returned 7 punts for touchdowns. After graduation he signed a scholarship with Florida State after graduating. In baseball, Buckley started two years in center field helping lead his team to a runner-up finish in 5A in 1989.

Buckley was a two-year starter and three-year letterman at Florida State (1989-91). He left as the school’s all-time leader in interceptions (21) and interception return yards (501). His career interception yardage total of 501 is a record and he also tied school records for touchdowns off interception returns (four) and punt returns (three). He was named first-team All-America and won the Jim Thorpe Award given annually to nation’s top defensive back as a junior. Buckley led the nation with 12 interceptions for 238 yards and two touchdowns. He was named second-team All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News and The Football News as a junior when he had six interceptions with two returned for touchdowns. Buckley regularly appeared on the national highlight shows, most famously for his performances in the Michigan and Syracuse games, both on the road, where he scored memorable and dramatic touchdowns. He played two years of varsity baseball and was a sprinter on the outdoor track team for one year. Florida State inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2003.

In 1992, Buckley was the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played in the NFL until 2005 with the Packers (1992-1994), Dolphins (1995-1999, 2003), Broncos (2000), Patriots (2001-2002),  Jets (2004) and Giants (2005). He intercepted 50 passes in his career and returned those passes for 793 yards and 6 touchdowns. The 50 interceptions ranks him just outside the all-time top 20 list. He won a Super Bowl ring in 2001 with the Patriots, recovering a fumble in Super Bowl XXXVI that led to a Pats touchdown. 

Sources Wikipedia, Florida State, New England Patriots

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