Ernest "Bucky" Curtis

Ernest “Bucky” Curtis (Football, 1947-50) 

Ernest “Bucky” Curtis served Vanderbilt well during his four years with the Commodores, cementing himself as one of the nation’s elite receivers. He led the nation in several receiving categories and received All-American honors from several outlets in 1950. Curtis knew how to make the big play, averaging an eye-popping 29.3 yards per catch his senior season. He is just one of five Vanderbilt alumni to have won the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, honored in 1975. Curtis also distinguished himself with four years of service in the United States Navy.

  • Led the nation in receiving in 1950
  • First Team All-American in 1950
  • Captain selection for East-West Shrine Game in 1950
  • Selected for Senior Bowl in 1950, elected captain and named MVP
  • Fifth in Vanderbilt history for most touchdown receptions (17)
  • Led Vanderbilt in receiving three years running (1948, 1949, 1950)
  • 4-year letterman in football, 2-year letterman in basketball
  • Second-round selection by Cleveland Browns in 1951
  • Member of the 1997 SEC Legends Class