Louisville, KY (WDRB) – Louisville Cardinal cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley will find out in January if he's part of the newest class in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Buckley's college football career is well documented. In 1989, he became part of Florida State Seminole lore. It was a game at Syracuse and Buckley says he was having trouble returning punts. The Syracuse special teams were not allowing him to get the corner and find room to run. So, Buckley remembered a trick he pulled off as a high schooler in Pascagoula, Mississippi not long before that. When the punt came his way, he never called for a fair catch, but he stood still as if he had. The gamble paid off. When the Syracuse special teams slowed up, he took off and scored a touchdown.
When asked if he thinks that play could work today, Buckley said he thought it could. “One time,” he joked. “Once you do it, with Twitter and all the sports stuff going on, it'll be out there and you couldn't do it again.”
At FSU, Buckley's eyes were not just on football. He also ran track and played baseball. He also had his eyes on Hollywood. In particular, he dreamed of becoming a soap opera actor. He was inspired by ‘The Young and the Restless.'
“I used to do my college schedule around what time it came on,” Buckley said. “To this day, I still want to be Victor Newman.”
But football won out, not just over the acting bug, but also baseball. Buckley played in the Atlanta Braves system. When he weighed the options, he came to the realization that the NFL is where he needed to stay.
Only five days after joining the Green Bay Packers following a holdout in 1992, he returned a punt for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Buckley won a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in 2002 and retired from the league in 2005.
Buckley then took a couple of years to spend time with his three daughters Brianna, Brittney and Shirelle.
He went back to Florida State in 2007 to finish his degree and became a graduate assistant. After a stop as an assistant in Akron for two seasons, Buckley joined the staff at U of L in 2014
“When you were playing ball, you wanted to play with the best. And so this was no different. I wanted to coach against the best and I want to recruit the best players,” Buckley said.
The Cardinals defense was sixth best in the nation last season. Maybe the players listened to the advice Buckley says he imparts on each player.
“Whatever your weaknesses are, work on them. If you're a fast guy, don't go spend all your time trying to get faster. Work on something else that might not be on the level that it should be.”