Phillip Buchanon

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Phillip Buchanon
No. 31
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1980-09-19) September 19, 1980 (age 39)
Streator, Illinois
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:Lehigh Acres (FL) Lehigh
College:Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • NCAA National Champion (2001)
  • First-team All-American (2001)
  • First-team All Big-East (2001)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:388
Passes defended:61
Interceptions:20
Forced fumbles:8
Return yardage:1,222
Total touchdowns:8
Player stats at NFL.com

Phillip Darren Buchanon (born September 19, 1980) is former American football cornerback that played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Miami, and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Buchanon also played for the Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, and Washington Redskins before retiring after the 2011 season.

Early years[edit]

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.

Buchanon was also on the school's track & field team, where he was a standout sprinter for three seasons. He posted personal bests of 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.8 in the 200 meters, and was also timed at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash.[1] He joined the Hurricanes' track team in 2001, and won the 60 meters at the Meyo Invitational, recording a career-best time of 6.79 seconds.[2]

College career[edit]

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.

At the NFL Combine he ran a 4.31 40-yard dash, tied for the fastest time in 2002. [3]

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

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[edit]

On April 25, 2005 the Raiders traded Buchanon to the Houston Texans for a second and third round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.[4] 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[edit]

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[edit]

Buchanon was signed by the Detroit Lions on March 4, 2009 to help the secondary after the 2008 season. He played in 13 games for the Lions recording 43 tackles, a sack, and 4 passes defended. He was released on March 4, 2010.

Washington Redskins[edit]

Buchanon signed with the Washington Redskins on March 29, 2010. After re-signing with the Redskins for the 2011 season, Buchanon was suspended by the team for four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.[5] After his suspension ended, Buchanon was added to 53-man roster after rookie Brandyn Thompson was waived and added to the Redskins' practice squad.[6] On November 5, 2011, Buchanon was placed on injured reserve having played in only one game the entire season in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers.[7]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG IR TD PD
2002 OAK 6 21 21 0 0.0 0 0 0 2 81 41 81 1 5
2003 OAK 16 42 40 2 0.0 2 0 0 6 176 29 83 2 10
2004 OAK 14 59 50 9 0.0 0 1 0 3 69 23 37 1 9
2005 HOU 10 35 29 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2006 HOU 4 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 TB 10 24 20 4 0.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 7
2007 TB 16 61 59 2 0.0 1 0 0 3 22 7 19 0 10
2008 TB 16 52 48 4 0.0 1 1 0 2 33 17 26 1 6
2009 DET 13 43 38 5 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2010 WSH 16 49 41 8 0.0 2 1 0 2 51 26 43 0 18
2011 WSH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 122 388 348 40 1.0 8 4 0 20 432 22 83 5 74

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal life[edit]

Buchanon is the cousin of former 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.[9]

In Buchanon's book New Money: Staying Rich (2015, Two Harbors Press) he describes the money troubles common among young athletes who come into sudden wealth. Among other anecdotes he describes how his mother demanded a million dollars from him as compensation for raising him, after he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with a $4.9 million signing bonus.[10] He refused to pay the cash to her, noting among other objections: "If you do the math, one million dollars divided by 18 years of raising me was approximately $55,555.55 a year in restitution," an amount he considered excessive.[11] He instead bought her an upscale home to occupy and paid the house's mortgage and maintenance costs; she used his childhood home as a rental property. After seven years he realized the new home's upkeep was more than he could afford, and Buchanon offered his mother a choice: he would either pay her a lump-sum, or buy a smaller house outright with no mortgage for her and his younger siblings to occupy. He reported that she took the cash and moved back to his childhood home, only to eventually lose it to foreclosure.[11]

In 2016, Buchanon launched a board game, New Money: Staying Rich, designed to teach principles of financial literacy and management.[12][13][14][15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phillip Buchanon - 2001 Football Roster - University of Miami Hurricanes". www.hurricanesports.com.
  2. ^ "Meyo Invitational - Complete Results".
  3. ^ "2002 NFL Combine Results". Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Raiders trade corner Buchanon to Texans". ESPN.com. April 18, 2005.
  5. ^ Maese, Rick (September 2, 2011). "Phillip Buchanon suspended for drug violation". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  6. ^ Jones, Mike (October 4, 2011). "Thompson is waived to make room for Buchanon". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  7. ^ Jones, Mike (November 5, 2011). "Redskins put Buchanon on injured reserve; Brandyn Thompson back on roster". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  8. ^ "Phillip Buchanon". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  9. ^ Nobles, Charlie (November 27, 2001). "COLLEGES; Hurricanes' Buchanon Might Be the Best of the Best". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Stone, Avery (April 15, 2015). "Former NFL player Phillip Buchanon says his mom demanded $1 million after he was drafted". USA TODAY. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Aaron Torres (April 3, 2015). Ex-NFL player Phillip Buchanon shares drawbacks of newfound wealth. FoxSports.com, accessed March 4, 2018
  12. ^ Callendar, Samantha (May 10, 2016). "EX-OAKLAND RAIDER PHILLIP BUCHANON CREATES BOARD GAME TO ENCOURAGE FINANCIAL LITERACY". The Source.
  13. ^ Dubin, Jared (April 29, 2015). "Ex-NFLer Phillip Buchanon invented ridiculous twerking board game". CBS.
  14. ^ Davis, Scott (June 25, 2015). "Ex-NFL player explains how he ended up blowing a chunk of his $20 million". Business Insider.
  15. ^ Grant, Essence (February 23, 2015). "Former NFL Player Phillip Buchanon Pens 'New Money: Staying Rich". Black Enterprise.
  16. ^ "Ex-NFL player Phillip Buchanon shares drawbacks of newfound wealth". Fox Sports. April 3, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2016.

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