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Willie Buchanon
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Born November 4, 1950 (1950-11-04) (age 59)
Oceanside, California
Career information
Year(s) 19771982
NFL Draft 1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
College San Diego State
Professional teams
Career stats
Interceptions 28
INT yards 278
Touchdowns 2
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Willie James Buchanon (born November 4, 1950 in Oceanside, California) is a former cornerback for the National Football League Green Bay Packers and was defensive rookie of the year in 1972 and a three-time Pro Bowl player. He finished his career with his hometown San Diego Chargers, retiring with 28 career interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries. He was a graduate of Oceanside High School and San Diego State University.

He He is now a realtor in San Diego and his son William Buchanon is a practice squad player for the Carolina Panthers and won a national championship with the University of Southern California Trojans.JC All-American at Mira Costa College 1969 and San Diego Padres first pick in 1969. Voted the Most Valuable Player in the East-West Shrine Game of 1971, Willie Buchanon was a Green Bay first-round draft pick in ‘72 and the ‘72 NFC Rookie of the Year and a three times All-Pro. In 1978, the Packers defensive back led the NFC with 9 interceptions, including 4 in one September bout with the San Diego Chargers that tied him for the still-standing NFL record for most interceptions in a game, first set by Sammy Baugh in 1943. Willie spent his last four pro years with the San Diego Chargers and tied the NFL all-time record for most recoveries in a game in ‘81. Sporting News named the San Diego State All-American to its All-Time collegiate team. Named to the Green Bay Packers All-Time team, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, San Diego State Hall of Fame, San Diego Hall of Champions, California State Junior College Hall of Fame and Oceanside High School Hall of Fame.

Preceded by
Isiah Robertson
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Wally Chambers


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