Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.
This saying defines the football career of Riley Buchanan.
“I’ve never been the biggest or fastest guy on the field,” says Buchanan, “but I never give up.” The hardest workers in sports are rewarded with team and individual accolades, which Buchanan knows all to well.
The young linebacker has been a force to reckon with on all the teams he has played for. From Defensive Player of the Week (OVFL), to Most Improved Player (Oshawa Hawkeyes, and Donald A Wilson), to Defensive Player of the Year (Oshawa Hawkeyes, and Donald A Wilson), Buchanan has had a pristine career thus far as a middle and outside linebacker terrorizing opposing offenses in Ontario.
Despite his stellar career, Buchanan is not done yet, he wants to keep challenging himself and learn more. He wants “to learn from new and different coaches, […] and loves the strategies in football, the physicality of it, and the discipline required to play the game,” says Buchanan, but adds that he enjoys the camaraderie of the sport.
The scariest part of Buchanan’s game is the time spent in the gym during the offseason. He has been following a crossfit program at Crossfit Dioxide, a gym, in Whitby, Ontario for two years, now. Last year, he took it up a notch and competed in his first Crossfit Open and finished 17th overall in the province.
This young man’s football idol is none other than his father, Terry Buchanan. “My dad played in the CIS for five years with the Saint Mary’s Huskies, and made it to the Vanier Cup in his freshman year,” says Buchanan.
Only the future knows what will happen to Riley Buchanan, but like father like son?
Team(s): Durham Dolphins, Donald A Wilson, Oshawa Hawkeyes SOV, Team Ontario
Height/Weight: 6’0, 185lbs
Position(s): Middle and Outside Linebacker
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