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Phillip Buchanon
No. 31     Detroit Lions
Personal information
Date of birth: September 19, 1980 (1980-09-19) (age 29)
Place of birth: Fort Myers, Florida
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Debuted in 2002 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     296
Sacks     0.0
Interceptions     18
Stats at

Phillip Darren Buchanon (born September 19, 1980 in Fort Myers, Florida) is an American football cornerback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders 17th overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Miami (FL).

Buchanon has also played for the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Early years

Buchanon played high school football at Lehigh Senior High School in Lehigh Acres, Florida where he started at both running back and defensive back. During his senior year he earned an All-State selection. He finished his career with 102 tackles and seven interceptions. He also lettered in basketball, track, and baseball.

College career

Buchanon played college football at the University of Miami. During his junior year he earned All-American honors as a returner and was a finalist for the Mosi Tatupu Award. He finished his career with 88 tackles and seven interceptions on defense, and 32 punt returns for 477 yards and two touchdowns as a returner.

Professional career


Oakland Raiders

Buchanon was drafted by the Oakland Raiders 17th overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the Raiders recording 122 tackles and 11 interceptions.

Houston Texans

On April 25, 2005 the Raiders traded Buchanon to the Houston Texans for a second and third round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.[1] He spent two years in Houston playing in 14 games, recording 37 tackles. He played four games for the Texans in 2006 before being released on October 16, 2006.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buchanon signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 17, 2006. He finished the 2006 season with the Bucs recording 24 tackles and intercepting two passes. During 2007 he took over as the Bucs starting cornerback alongside Ronde Barber due to Brian Kelly's struggles with injury.

Detroit Lions

Buchanon was signed by the Detroit Lions on March 4, 2009.


Buchanon is the cousin of Tennessee Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse. He was offered a $500,000 contract by the Cincinnati Reds to play baseball but ultimately decided to play football instead.[2]


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