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Happy 50th birthday to Terrell Buckley
Born June 7, 1971 in Pascagoula, Mississippi
Patriot CB, 2001-2002; uniform #27 and #22
Signed as a veteran free agent on July 13, 2001 (Broncos)
T-Buck was a standout at Florida State and the fifth overall pick by Green Bay in the 1992 draft. Although Packer fans considered him to be a draft bust, Buckley did play in 209 NFL games (plus 16 playoff games), with 50 interceptions and six touchdowns. He is the only player to have 50 picks without ever being named to a Pro Bowl, and is among the NFL leaders in consecutive seasons with at least one interception, with 13. (Darrell Green is first with 19, a record that may never be broken; Charles Woodson is next with 18.)
Terrell Buckley had seven interceptions and one pick-six in his 31 games regular season games with the Patriots. He also played in all three 2001 postseason games - with a crucial interception in the AFCCG at Pittsburgh, and then a key fumble recovery in Super Bowl 36 versus the Rams. The 15-yard return off that fumble flipped field position and led to the David Patten touchdown reception just before halftime, giving the Patriots a 14-3 lead. Not too shabby of a performance for a player who had been languishing as an unsigned free agent for four months, signed just prior to the start of training camp.
The patriots re-signed Buckley in 2004, but he was released as part of final roster cutdowns in September.
In his post-NFL career Buckley first went back to FSU as an assistant coach for five seasons, then two years each at Akron and Louisville as their cornerbacks coach. In 2016 Buckley moved back home, hired to coach the safeties at Mississippi State, then switching to coaching the corners. He is now entering his second season as the cornerbacks coach at Ole Miss.
January 7, 2019:
FSU's newest Hall of Fame inductee was one of the best defensive backs in college football history.
Florida State legend Terrell Buckley is a member of the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame class, it was announced Monday morning.
Buckley authored one of the best careers in FSU history while playing cornerback from 1989-91. During his three-year career he broke nearly all of the program’s interception records and still holds records for single-season interceptions with 12 and career interceptions with 21, which is tied for 10th all-time in FBS history. His 501 career interception return yards still stand as the NCAA record, and he added seven career touchdowns with four interception return scores and three punt return touchdowns.
Buckley was a consensus All-American, won the Jim Thorpe Award and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy vote in 1991. He also was a second-team All-American in 1990 and a two-time first-team All-South Independent selection. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2003 and in 2011 his No. 27 jersey was retired.
June 8, 2004:
The Patriots signed UFA CB Terrell Buckley and released RB Frank Moreau, FB Philip Crosby and LS Sean McDermott.
The 5-foot-9-inch, 176-pound Florida State product returns to the team with which he earned a Super Bowl ring following the 2001 season. New England signed Buckley as an unrestricted free agent on July 13, 2001, and he played in 15 regular season games and all three of the Patriots postseason games that season. Buckley contributed to the Patriots’ first championship with an interception in the 2001 AFC Championship Game and a fumble recovery in Super Bowl XXXVI that led to a Patriots touchdown. He signed with Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2002 season, but rejoined the Patriots four days before the season opener after being released by the Buccaneers. Buckley quickly settled back into his role in New England in 2002, starting in two of 16 games and tying for the team lead with four interceptions, including two picks in the season opener against Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football. He signed with Miami as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2003 season.
Jan 7, 2016:
Pascagoula legend Terrell Buckley 'coming home' to Mississippi State
Terrell Buckley - Football Coach - Mississippi State
Mississippian through and through, Terrell Buckley returned to his home state in 2016 as an assistant coach at Mississippi State. In 2018, Buckley enters his third season overseeing a very talented group of cornerbacks. He adds working with the Bulldogs’ special teams return men to his repertoire this season.
Buckley, a 14-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl champion, was one of the most dynamic players in Mississippi history, guiding Pascagoula High School to a 1987 football state championship and undefeated season. He was inducted into the Pascagoula Athletic Hall of Fame in June. He was born in Columbia, Miss., and spent most of his childhood in Gautier.
Buckley was instrumental in helping MSU haul in back-to-back Top 25 recruiting classes. During his entire coaching tenure, Buckley has coached 13 players who have signed professional contracts, including most recently Lashard Durr (Indianapolis Colts) and 2018 NFL first rounder Jaire Alexander (Green Bay Packers).
The 2017 season was one of the best on record in terms of pass defense at MSU. Buckley’s group spearheaded a Bulldog pass defense that allowed only 174.7 yards per game through the air, which ranked fourth in the SEC and 12th nationally. That figure was also the best by a State defense in 13 years when the 2004 squad allowed 174.5 yards per game passing.
A College Football Hall of Famer, Terrell Buckley is in his second season as cornerbacks coach at Ole Miss. A native Mississippian, Buckley joined the Rebels after
Buckley’s 2018 cornerbacks unit was part of arguably the most dominant defense in MSU history and in all of college football. Led by Associated Press second-team All-SEC selection Cameron Dantzler, Peters, Maurice Smitherman and Chris Rayford, State’s cornerbacks did not allow a touchdown during the 2018 regular season.
The 2017 and 2018 seasons have been two of the best on record in terms of pass defense at MSU. Buckley’s group spearheaded a Bulldog pass defense that was tops in the SEC and seventh nationally at 168.0 yards allowed per game. That figure was also the best by a State defense in 16 years when the 2002 squad allowed 153.9 yards per game passing. The Bulldogs allowed the fewest yards per passing attempt (5.5) in the nation and finished second in passer rating allowed (101.39). Dantzler, a preseason All-American for 2019, led MSU cornerbacks in 2018 with two interceptions.
In 2017, MSU allowed only 174.7 yards per game through the air, which ranked fourth in the SEC and 12th nationally. Buckley’s squad of Lashard Durr, Tolando Cleveland, Peters, Rayford and Dantzler was rarely challenged. As a whole, the Bulldog defense ranked 10th nationally, allowing only 306.3 yards per game. MSU ranked fourth in the SEC in interceptions with 13, including a 90-yard pick six from Peters.
Buckley helped the Bulldogs claim nine victories for the third time in four years, and it culminated with an impressive victory against Louisville in the TaxSlayer Bowl. His disruptive unit forced 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson into a career-high four interceptions, including one from Dantzler.
Prior to MSU, Buckley spent the 2014-15 seasons coaching cornerbacks at Louisville and helping the Cardinals to back-to-back bowl appearances, including a Music City Bowl victory over Texas A&M in December 2015. In both of Buckley's seasons, Louisville led the Atlantic Coast Conference in interceptions and turnovers gained.
His two starting cornerbacks – Trumaine Washington and Shaq Wiggins -- earned honorable mention All-ACC honors. Despite a young secondary in 2015, Louisville ranked 14th nationally in interceptions with 14. The Cardinals also led the league in turnovers gained (26, 20th nationally) and were second in the ACC in passes defended (66, 30th nationally).
In Buckley’s first season of 2014, Louisville boasted one of the elite secondary’s in all of college football. The Cardinals led the nation in interceptions with 26. As a unit, the squad ranked sixth nationally in total defense (308.5 ypg) and 11th nationally in turnovers gained (30). Buckley mentored corners Charles Gaines and Terell Floyd, both of whom inked NFL contracts following their collegiate careers.
An absolute terror to opposing quarterbacks throughout his Florida State career, Terrell Buckley cemented his name among the all-time greats when he took home the 1991 Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the nation. He becomes the seventh Seminole player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
A unanimous First Team All-American in 1991, Buckley took home the Thorpe Award and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting after leading the nation with 12 interceptions and 238 interception return yards (both single-season school records). The Pascagoula, Mississippi, native’s 501 career interception return yards remain an NCAA record while his 21 career interceptions remain atop the Florida State record books. A Second Team All-American in 1990, Buckley helped the Seminoles finish with a top four national ranking in each year of his career. The two-time All-South Independent First Team selection guided the Seminoles to three consecutive bowl victories, including wins over Nebraska in the 1990 Fiesta Bowl and Texas A&M in the 1992 Cotton Bowl.
Leading the Seminoles to an overall record of 31-6 during his career, Buckley is tied for many other Florida State records, including career punt returns for a touchdown (three), career interceptions returned for a touchdown (four) and consecutive games with an interception (five in 1991). He played for College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden and alongside Hall of Famers Derrick Brooks and Charlie Ward during his remarkable career in Tallahassee. A member of the Florida State Hall of Fame, Buckley’s No. 27 jersey was retired by the Seminoles in 2011.
A multi-sport athlete, Buckley also played two seasons for Florida State’s baseball team and ran track for the Seminoles.