Awards & Honors:
- 2017: Hazeltine Iron Man Award
- 2016: Thomas Herrion Memorial Award, PFWA All-Rookie Team
- When Buckner was 13 years old, his father, George, was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him in a coma for six months. Upon his awakening, George summoned DeForest to his bedside, where the two had a ‘man-to-man’ conversation, as his mother, Maria, puts it. After the life-changing event and heartfelt conversation, that is when Buckner believes he became a man and took more responsibility with his family. He became a mentor" to his younger brother, Kenya, and began to understand the values his father had instilled in him. "He was hard on us, and disciplined us, shaped us, Buckner said. “He taught us about respect, that it’s earned and you have to treat everyone around you like you want to be treated."
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