Another Seminole has received college football’s highest honor: cornerback Terrell Buckley. Here’s the press release from Florida State:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State legend Terrell Buckley is a member of the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame class, it was announced Monday morning live on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
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.
Following his FSU career, he was taken fifth overall in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers to start a 14-year NFL career that included 50 interceptions and a win in Super Bowl XXXVI with the New England Patriots one week after grabbing an interception in the AFC Championship Game to help secure a 24-17 victory.
Off the field, he has been active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Feed the Children. Buckley returned to FSU and earned his bachelor’s degree in 2007.
To be eligible for College Football Hall of Fame consideration, players must have received first-team All-America honors and completed their final collegiate season between 10 and 50 years ago. Additionally, the committee weighs a player’s post-football record as a citizen and gives consideration to academic honors.
Buckley becomes the ninth former Seminole in the College Football Hall of Fame. Linebacker Derrick Brooks was inducted in 2016, cornerback Deion Sanders was inducted in 2011 and nose guard Ron Simmons was a 2009 inductee. The class of 2006 featured two Seminoles in head coach Bobby Bowden and quarterback Charlie Ward. Head coach Darrell Mudra was inducted in 2000, wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff was inducted in 1991, and in 1988 wide receiver Ron Sellers became FSU’s first member of the hall of fame.
Buckley will be formally inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame with the other 14 members of the class of 2019 on Dec. 10 during the 62nd National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown. The group will push the total population of the hall of fame to 1,010 players and 219 coaches, less than two one-hundredths of a percent of the individuals who have played or coached in the 150 years of collegiate football.
Buckley enters the Hall among some strong company. Here’s the entire group of 2019 inductees, from a release courtesy of the National Football Foundation:
- TERRELL BUCKLEY – DB, Florida State (1989-91)
- RICKEY DIXON – DB, Oklahoma (1984-87)
- LONDON FLETCHER – LB, John Carroll [OH] (1995-97)
- JACOB GREEN – DL, Texas A&M (1977-79)
- TORRY HOLT – WR, North Carolina State (1995-98)
- RAGHIB ISMAIL – KR/WR, Notre Dame (1988-90)
- DARREN McFADDEN – RB, Arkansas (2005-07)
- JAKE PLUMMER – QB, Arizona State (1993-96)
- TROY POLAMALU – DB, Southern California (1999-2002)
- JOE THOMAS – OL, Wisconsin (2003-06)
- LORENZO WHITE – RB, Michigan State (1984-87)
- PATRICK WILLIS – LB, Mississippi (2003-06)
- VINCE YOUNG – QB, Texas (2003-05)
- DENNIS ERICKSON – 179-96-1 (65.0%); Idaho (1982-85, 2006), Wyoming (1986), Washington State (1987-88), Miami [FL] (1989-94), Oregon State (1999-2002), Arizona State (2007-11)
- JOE TAYLOR – 233-96-4 (70.6%); Howard (1983), Virginia Union (1984-91), Hampton (1992-2007), Florida A&M (2008-12)