|Defensive back, halfback, end|
|Date of birth:December 14, 1931|
|Place of birth: Lake Wales, Florida|
|Date of death: September 1, 2006(aged 74)|
|Place of death: Wauchula, Florida|
|High school: Lake Wales High School|
|College: University of Florida|
|NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 5 / Pick: 58|
|Debuted in 1953 for the New York Giants|
|Last played in 1955 for the New York Giants|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1955
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
Buford Eugene Long (December 14, 1931 – September 1, 2006) was an American college and professional football player who was a defensive back, halfback and end in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons during the 1950s. Long played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the New York Giants of the NFL.
Long attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Bob Woodruff's Florida Gators football team from 1950 to 1952. In an era when the college football rules permitted only limited player substitutions, Long played on both offense and defense, and was a standout halfback and defensive back. Memorably, as a senior in 1952, Long ran seventy-seven yards for a touchdown in the Gators' 30–0 upset of their rivals, the Georgia Bulldogs. Long was a key member of the Gators' 1952 backfield that included fullback Rick Casares and quarterback Doug Dickey and led the Gators to an 8–3 season and a 14–13 victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane—their first-ever NCAA-sanctioned post-season bowl game. Memorably, as a senior, he had 77-yard touchdown run to help defeat the rival Georgia Bulldogs 30–0. Bob Woodruff ranked Long as one of the three best backs to play for the Gators during the 1950s.
During his senior season, Long rushed for fourteen touchdowns, and was a third-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection. He finished his college career with twenty-five rushing touchdowns, which still ranks eighth on the Gators' all-time career records list. Long also earned varsity letters as a member of the Florida Gators baseball and track and field teams.
The New York Giants selected Long in the fifth round (fifty-eighth pick overall) of the 1953 NFL Draft, and he played for the Giants for three seasons from 1953 to 1955. In his three-year NFL career, Long played in twenty-six games, rushed fifty-two times for 164 yards and a touchdown, had thirty-three receptions for 462 yards and four touchdowns, made three interceptions, and returned twenty-three kickoffs for 607 yards.
Long died September 1, 2006; he was 74 years old.
- Florida Gators
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