HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii’s own DeForest Buckner was named to the Associated Press NFL All-Pro first team on Friday, after a stellar first season with the Indianapolis Colts.
This is the Punahou alumni’s first appearance on the first team roster, accompanied by Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams to round out the first team interior defensive linemen.
In 2019, Buckner made All-Pro second team for the San Francisco 49ers before getting traded to the Colts for a first round pick in this pas season’s NFL Draft. The Waianae native’s first year in Indy did not disappoint, racking up 58 total tackles, two forced fumbles and 9.5 sacks — a Colts franchise record for a defensive tackle.
His efforts earning him a four-year, $84 million extension with Indianapolis.
The former Oregon Duck’s first year in Indy finished with a 11-5 regular season record and a spot in the NFL playoffs.
Buckner and the Colts take on the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round on Saturday — kick off set for 8:05 Hawaii time, on KGMB.