Ray Buchanan


Position: Defensive Backs

Known to Louisville fans as "Big Play Ray", Buchanan began his college career at the University of Louisville in 1989. After being moved from wide receiver to defensive back, Buchanan earned two Collegiate All-American honors. Buchanan took his collegiate career to new heights during his sophomore season, piling up 59 tackles and three interceptions in helping the Cardinals to the 1990 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl.

Buchanan made his mark on the national stage as the Defensive MVP of the 1991 Fiesta Bowl with five tackles, a fumble recovery and a recovery of a blocked punt in the end zone against Alabama. In 1991, he recorded 108 tackles and set a single season record for interceptions with eight picks.

The Indianapolis Colts took Buchanan in the 3rd round of the 1992 draft. He would then embark on a stellar professional career and be considered one of the top corner backs in the NFL. Buchanan led the Colts to the NFC Championship in 1996 before being traded to the Atlanta Falcons. He totaled five or more interceptions in five consecutive seasons with the Falcons as they made a Super Bowl XXXIII appearance in 1999. Buchanan currently works for Fox Sports Radio.

Playing Career

  • College: Louisville
  • Indianapolis Colts (1993-1996)
  • Atlanta Falcons (1997-2003)
  • Oakland Raiders (2004)

Career Highlights

  • Pro Bowl selection (1998)
  • 2× All-Pro selection (1994, 1998)