Tallahassee, FL – Florida State announced the hiring of Terrell Buckley today as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Buckley, who won the Jim Thorpe Award in 1991 and spent 15 years in the NFL, spent the 2007 season as a volunteer student assistant with the Seminoles while finishing his undergraduate degree. He replaces Pat Meyer who took a job as the offensive line coach at Colorado State.
Buckley is one of the greatest players to ever wear the Garnet and Gold. In 1991, he capped the best season ever by a Florida State cornerback by becoming the second Seminole ever to win the Jim Thorpe Award.
A junior, Buckley blew away the Florida State record for interceptions with 12 in 1991. He intercepted passes in eight of FSU’s 12 regular season contests to lead the country in pickoffs. Against Michigan in Ann Arbor, his interception and 40-yard return for a touchdown on the game’s first play set the stage for a 51-31 Florida State win.
A native of Pascagoula, Miss., Buckley also demolished the Florida State career record with 21 INTs in just three seasons. His 470 career return yards broke an NCAA record that had stood since 1974. Following the year, Buckley entered the NFL draft and was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the fifth pick in the first round.
Buckley played 15 seasons in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, New York Giants and New England Patriots. He scored eight touchdowns, seven defensive, and one a return, including six of them being interception returns. He is a member of the elite group of defensive backs to reach 50 career interceptions.