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Classic Sports Card of The Day

10 Sep

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1964 Topps football card of a former pro football defensive lineman, Junious “Buck” Buchanan, who enjoyed a 13 year career, all with the Kansas City Chiefs. The NFL’s New York Giants picked him in the 19th round of the 1963 draft, while the Chiefs, who obviously had better scouts, made him the top pick of the AFL draft. Buchanan wisely chose to sign with Kansas City and went on to become one of the franchise’s most iconic defensive stars. He was also the first African American player to be the top pick of a pro football league. Buchanan went on to be a six-time AFL All Star and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. Unfortunately, Buchanan died of lung cancer in 1992 at the young age of 51.

 

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