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Brentson Buckner
Defensive Tackle
Jersey #(s)
96, 99
Born September 30, 1971 (1971-09-30) (age 38)
Columbus, Georgia
Career information
Year(s) 19942005
NFL Draft 1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
College Clemson
Professional teams
Career stats
Tackles 425
Sacks 31
Interceptions 2
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

Brentson André Buckner (born September 30, 1971 in Columbus, Georgia) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League.

College career

Buckner played college football at Clemson University, and was a first-team All-ACC selection in his senior year. In addition to ranking fourth all-time in school history with 46 tackles for a loss, he also set a school record with a 1,220 pound lift on a leg sled.

Pro career

Buckner was selected in the second round (50th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. After missing the first three games of the season, he played in the last 13, and started both playoff games. During one game against the Buffalo Bills, he blocked a field goal. The following season, he was a regular starter for the Steelers, and was an integral part of the defense that led them to Super Bowl XXX against the Dallas Cowboys. After one more year with Pittsburgh, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs during the offseason. He was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals before the 1997 NFL season. He missed two games that season with an injury suffered against the Steelers, his former team. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers before the next season. He notched his third career blocked field goal against the team he would later play for, the Carolina Panthers. He played with the Niners for three seasons before joining the Carolina Panthers as an unrestricted free agent before the 2001 NFL season. Buckner joined with Julius Peppers, Mike Rucker and Kris Jenkins to form what many experts called the most dominating front four defensive line in football. The four led the Panthers defense to Super Bowl XXXVIII against the New England Patriots.

On March 1, 2006, Buckner was released by the Panthers.

He is now retired from football and having trouble finding things to do. He now hosts a midday show on WFNZ in Charlotte, NC with former NFL Offensive lineman Frank Garcia. The Frank and Buck Show airs weekdays from 11a-3p. He has also been seen on the NFL Network and ESPN as an NFL analyst. He is also the Head Coach of the Northside Christian Academy high school football team in Charlotte, NC along with former NFL players, Myron Bell, Mo Collins, and Omari Jordan who are assistant coaches.

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