William Fred "Bill" Buckner

Bill BucknerBorn: March 8, 1945
Died: May 23, 2014
Hometown: Starkville, MS
Year of Induction: 2013

High School

  • Starred in football as quarterback at Starkville High.


Junior College

  • Two-year All-American quarterback for Hall of Famer Bull Sullivan at East Mississippi CC (1963-64).
  • Charter inductee into Mississippi Junior College Hall of Fame, 2007.
  • EMCC Hall of Fame, 2001.



  • Played junior season at Mississippi State, throwing the first two TD passes in history of the Houston Astrdome.
  • Played senior season at Delta State, where he was the team’s MVP.
  • Delta State Hall of Fame, 2005.


Professional Football

  • Drafted by Atlanta Falcons, 1967.
  • Played two years for Huntsville Hawks of Continental Football League, leading team to 1968 and 1969 division championships.



  • Spent 20 years in coaching as a high school assistant and head coach, a junior college head coach (at EMCC and Hinds) and as a college assistant coach (MSU and DSU)



  • Served as State director of Mississippi Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 1987-present, increasing the FCA’s staff and reach exponentially.


Did You Know?

Bill was part of the original chapter of the FCA at Mississippi State, which Boo Ferriss and then-Alabama quarterback Steve Sloan helped install.