5. Buck Buchanan
Buchanan’s story is both uplifting and tremendous. Buchanan came into professional football in 1963, at a time when black players were still fighting to prove their worth to prejudice white owners and coaches. Buchanan came out of Grambling University – a historically black school – and was so talented that he became the first black player to be taken first-overall in either league.
Buchanan more than justified his draft slot, going on to play from 1963-75 as one of the greatest defensive tackles in league history. At 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, Buchanan was named a six-time All-AFL selection and a six-time AFL All-Star before making the NFL Pro Bowl in 1970 and 1971. Buchanan won two AFL championships, along with Super Bowl IV.
Buchanan was put into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Chiefs Hall of Fame, along with getting the prestige of having his No. 86 retired by the team. The Alabama native was a man before his time, combined freakish size with speed and agility to play great against both the pass and run.
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