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Brentson Buckner
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Biography

Veteran NFL defensive lineman Brentson Buckner enters his first season with the Cardinals and first year as an NFL assistant after being named defensive line coach on 2/5/13.

A second-round pick (50th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1994 NFL Draft out of Clemson, Buckner played in 174 career games with 127 starts in his 12-year NFL career with Pittsburgh (1994-96), Cincinnati (1997), San Francisco (1998-2000), and Carolina (2001-05). He totaled 31 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries over his career.

Veteran NFL defensive lineman Brentson Buckner enters his first season with the Cardinals and first year as an NFL assistant after being named defensive line coach on 2/5/13.

A second-round pick (50th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1994 NFL Draft out of Clemson, Buckner played in 174 career games with 127 starts in his 12-year NFL career with Pittsburgh (1994-96), Cincinnati (1997), San Francisco (1998-2000), and Carolina (2001-05). He totaled 31 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries over his career.

In his second NFL season, Buckner started all 16 games during the regular season and three playoff games in helping the Steelers reach Super Bowl XXX, which was played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ. After three years with the Steelers, he was traded to Kansas City in 1997, but was waived by the Chiefs and claimed by Cincinnati prior to the season.

He signed with the 49ers as a free agent in 1998 and spent three seasons in San Francisco, setting a career high with seven sacks in 2000. He then went to Carolina as a free agent in 2001 and played the final five years of his career with the Panthers.

In 2003, he was a part of one of the league’s top defensive lines alongside defensive ends Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker and defensive tackle Kris Jenkins. The group helped lead the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII, the team’s first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. In that year’s NFC Championship Game, Buckner had 1.5 sacks in a 14-3 victory at Philadelphia.

After retiring from the NFL following the 2005 season, Buckner entered the high school coaching ranks in his hometown of Charlotte, serving as the defensive coordinator at Victory Christian High School and then as head coach at Northside Christian Academy from 2008-09. He served as an intern on the defensive coaching staff of the Steelers during training camp each of the last three years (2010-12), and he was named the head coach of the Charlotte Speed of the Professional Indoor Football League in July 2012, but the team folded before playing a game.

Born in Columbus, GA, Buckner played his college football at Clemson (1990-93). A three-year starter, he left ranked third in school history with 22 sacks and fourth with 46 tackles for loss. He helped the Tigers to an ACC Championship in 1991 and a nine-win season in 1993, which was capped off by a 14-13 win over Kentucky in the Peach Bowl when he had 13 tackles and was named defensive MVP. He was also named to the Clemson 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Class.

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