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 compiled an epic career at Lousville, earning two Collegiate All-American honors. Buchanan jumped on the scene as a sophomore in 1990, piling up 59 tackles and three interceptions in helping the Cardinals to the 1990 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl. He then 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 as Louisville drilled Alabama 34-7. In 1991, he compiled 108 tackles and set the then-single season record for interceptions with eight picks.

In the 1992 NFL draft, the Indianapolis Colts took Buchanan in the 3rd round. He would then embark on a stellar professional career where he is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. Buchanan would help lead the Colts to the NFC Championship game in 1996 before being traded to the Atlanta Falcons. He then put together five consecutive seasons of five or more interceptions while helping lead the “Dirty Birds” to Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999.


Ray Buchanan
FBU Defensive Back Coach
Playing Career
College: Louisville
Drafted: 1993 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65

Indianapolis Colts (1993-96)
Atlanta Falcons (1997-03)
Oakland Raiders (2004)
Career Highlights
1× Pro Bowl selection (1998)
2× All-Pro selection (1994, 1998)