Moment 52 Rookie Revival

Moment 52
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February 01, 1972

The Packers draft cornerback Willie Buchanon with the seventh overall pick, and he goes on to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year before breaking both bones in his left leg the following season, forever changing his career. Buchanon’s rookie season ends with a 16-3 road playoff loss to the Redskins, the team’s first postseason game since the Lombardi era.

The Packers would win six of their last seven regular-season games in ’72 to take the NFC Central crown with a 10-4 record under head coach Dan Devine. Running back John Brockington posted the second of three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons to begin his career.

Buchanon intercepted four passes that rookie year, and he would come up one shy of the single-season team record with nine in 1978. That year, he picked off four passes in one game, at San Diego, a number that’s still tied for the all-time NFL record for a single game.