Buck Buchanan went from Parker High School in Birmingham all the way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now he’s a member of the NFL 100 All-Time Team.
In celebration of the league’s centennial season, the NFL has chosen an all-time team — 100 players and 10 coaches — that is being revealed position-by-position on Friday nights on NFL Network.
On Friday night, the defensive linemen and linebackers were named, with Buchanan selected as one of the seven best defensive tackles in the league’s 100-year history.
Three other players with Alabama football roots were finalists for the positions announced on Friday night, but they were not selected for the NFL 100 All-Time Team. Those players were Auburn alumnus Kevin Greene and Alabama alumnus Derrick Thomas at outside linebacker and former Auburn High School and Troy star DeMarcus Ware at defensive end.
Joining Buchanan as the tackles on the centennial team are Joe Greene, Bob Lilly, Merlin Olsen, Alan Page, John Randle and Randy White.
The defensive ends on the NFL 100 All-Time Team are Doug Atkins, Bill Hewitt, Deacon Jones, Gino Marchetti, Lee Roy Selmon, Bruce Smith and Reggie White.
The six outside linebackers on the team are Chuck Bednarik, Bobby Bell, Derrick Brooks, Jack Ham, Ted Hendricks and Lawrence Taylor.
The NFL 100 All-Time Team middle linebackers are Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert, Willie Lanier, Ray Lewis, Joe Schmidt and Junior Seau.
Buchanan entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. During his 13-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs, the 6-foot-7 and 270-pound Buchanan earned eight Pro Bowl selections and was an AFL first-team All-Pro pick annually from 1966 through 1969. Buchanan played in two of the first four Super Bowls, earning the championship in Super Bowl IV.
Buchanan died in 1992.
The first position group revealed for the NFL 100 All-Time Team was running back. The ball-carriers selected for the team included Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, Earl “Dutch” Clark, Eric Dickerson, Lenny Moore, Marion Motley, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers, O.J. Simpson, Emmitt Smith and Steve Van Buren.
The NFL 100 All-Time Team was selected by a 26-member panel that included Ozzie Newsome, a former Colbert County High School and Alabama standout who is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a tight end for the Cleveland Browns. After his playing career, Newsome became the general manager of the Baltimore Ravens.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.