Buckner is Big Ten Icon No. 28

From the Big Ten Network:

CHICAGO – The Big Ten Network has named Indiana’s Quinn Buckner and Michigan’s Glen Rice as Big Ten Icons numbers 28 and 27, respectively. Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, is the network’s most ambitious multi-platform initiative to date. The program is counting down the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history on www.BigTenIcons.com based solely on their collegiate playing careers.

Buckner starred at Indiana from 1972-76 and is remembered as the point guard on the Hoosiers’ 32-0 national championship team in 1976. However, he also stood out on the football field, where he led Lee Corso’s Hoosiers in interceptions as a freshman and sophomore. Entering his junior season, the native of Dolton, Ill., began to concentrate solely on basketball and it paid off. In Buckner’s final two seasons, Indiana lost only one game. Bucker joined teammate Scott May on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in Montreal. He remains one of only three players in basketball history to win championships at the high school, college, Olympic and professional level. Jerry Lucas and Magic Johnson are the others.  In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, formerChicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, “In basketball, he was listed as a point guard. In football, he was a defensive back. But the position that most accurately defined William Quinn Buckner was winner.” To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Buckner, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

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