Curtis Buckley

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Curtis Buckley
No. 28, 25, 26
Date of birth (1970-09-25) September 25, 1970 (age 45)
Place of birth Oakdale, Louisiana
Career information
Position(s) Cornerback
College East Texas State
Career history
As player
1993–1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1996–1998 San Francisco 49ers
1998 New York Giants
1999 Washington Redskins
Career stats

Curtis LaDonn Buckley (born September 25, 1970 in Oakdale, Louisiana) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins. He played college football at East Texas State University. He now works as an assistant psychiatrist at Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Center in Dallas.

Buckley was primarily a special-teams gunner during his career, and joined the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Buccaneers after not being invited to the NFL Combine. Head coach Sam Wyche was preparing to cut him in preseason before Buckley impressed his coaches by performing a flip on the field. [1] Buckley became a fan favorite for his punishing hits on kick coverage and his propensity to perform acrobatics such as backflips in the end zone prior to kickoffs that followed Buccaneers scores. With the addition of Kenneth Gant, the Bucs' other gunner, Buckley and Gant took it upon themselves to stoke the crowd after every score, with Gant's "shark dance" building the crowd into a crescendo that culminated in Buckley's flip just as the ball was kicked.

In 1994, Buckley knocked Brian Mitchell unconscious during a Week 14 game. [2] Buckley was not penalized, but was later fined. Both Wyche and Mitchell said that they thought that it was a clean hit.

Buckley was waived by the Buccaneers after 4 seasons and spent three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before brief stints with the Giants and Redskins. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate three times as a special teamer. [3]