It’s typically the skill position players that will get the accolades for a high-functioning offense, and the record-setting Penn State undefeated 1994 squad’s team is no different; with such names as Ki-Jana Carter, Kerry Collins, and Kyle Brady, the big guys up front are often overlooked.
Such seems to be the case for Bucky Greeley, NFL center and anchor of the aforementioned 1994 offensive line. That 1994 squad was the first I, a middle-schooled PSU fan decked out in my starter jacket, would pay attention too - yet even now, having been on staff of this here blog for near a decade, I couldn’t have come up with his name.
That’s to my detriment, as without Greeley’s contributions, the TRUE #1 team’s stat arguably wouldn’t be that gaudy. Greeley came to PSU from Luzerne County, PA, where he was all-state at center (and lettered in baseball and wrestling, in addition to football). He was a captain on that undefeated PSU team, and a second team all-Big Ten center for the 1994 season.
After leaving Penn State, Greeley went undrafted but spent a bit of the 1995 preseason with the Bears. He bounced back, landing with former teammate Collins in Carolina in 1996 - where he was cut and brought back three times before finally becoming the team’s starter.
His 1998 starting season would be his last on the gridiron, though, as he suffered a career-ending injury that led to him leaving the NFL for good.
But we’ll always have memories of the greatness of that 1994 line to get us by: