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  • SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS2019 MEDIA GUIDE

    AWARDS & HONORS2016: Thomas Herrion Memorial Award, PFWA All-

    Rookie Team2017: Hazeltine Iron Man Award2018: NFC Pro Bowl, Len Eshmont Award, Hazeltine

    Iron Man Award

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS• Registered 12.0 sacks in 2018, the most by a member of the 49ers

    in a single season since LB Aldon Smith registered 19.5 sacks in 2012 and the 4th-most in a single season by a 49ers defender since 2000.

    GOLDMINE• NFL players had the opportunity to participate in the NFL’s annual

    My Cause, My Cleats campaign during a designated home game between Weeks 13-15 of 2018. Buckner and his teammates repre-sented their respective causes with custom-designed cleats in an effort to raise awareness and funding. Beyond Differences inspires students at all middle schools nationwide to end social isolation and create a culture of belonging for everyone.

    • 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.’’

    BUCKNER’S GOLDEN NUGGETS• His first name is pronounced duh-FORE-ist.

    • While Buckner was 13 years old, his father, George, was in-volved in a motorcycle accident that left him in a coma for six months. Buckner cites this life-changing event as the time he became a man and took more responsibility with his family.

    • In 2018, was the recipient of the 49ers Len Eshmont Award, which is voted on by the players and is given to the 49er who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an original member of the 1946 49ers team.

    • In 2017 and 2018, named the recipient of the 49ers Hazeltine Iron Man Award. The Hazeltine Iron Man Award is named for former linebacker Matt Hazeltine, a 13-year performer who played more seasons at linebacker than any other 49ers play-er. The award is given annually to the most courageous and inspirational defensive player as voted upon by the defensive coaches. Became the sixth 49ers defender to win the award on multiple occasions (LB Charles Haley, CB Merton Hanks, S Tim McDonald, DT Justin Smith, LB Jeff Ulbrich and DT Bryant Young) and the second to win the award in back-to-back sea-sons (DT Justin Smith, 2010-11 & 2013-14).

    • Named the 49ers Thomas Herrion Memorial Award winner for the 2016 season. The award, as voted on by the coaches, was established in 2005 by 49ers owners Denise and John York and is presented to a rookie or first-year player who best represents the dream of Thomas Herrion.

    • As a senior at Oregon, was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and earned the Morris Trophy award, a prestigious honor voted on by opposing Pac-12 offensive linemen.

    MOST SACKS IN A SINGLE SEASON BY A 49ERS DEFENDER, SINCE 2000

    Player Year Sacks 1. LB Aldon Smith 2012 19.5 2. LB Aldon Smith 2011 14.0 3. DE Andre Carter 2002 12.5 4. DL DeForest Buckner 2018 12.0 5. DE Bryant Young 2000 9.5

    6-7 | 295 | OREGON3.17.94 | HONOLULU, HI | 4TH YEAR | ACQUIRED D-1A IN ‘16

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    DeFOREST BUCKNER

    2019Date Opp W/L P/S Tot Sol Ast Sk Yds Int Yds PD FF FR Yds Sep 8 at TBSep 15 at CinSep 22 PitOct 7 CleOct 13 at LAROct 20 at WasOct 27 CarOct 31 at ArzNov 11 SeaNov 17 ArzNov 24 GBDec 1 at BalDec 8 at NODec 15 AtlTBD LARDec 29 at Sea TOTALS

    BUCKNER’S GAME-BY-GAME

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    • As part of the 49ers annual Thanksgiving celebrations, Buckner and his teammates visited San Jose to serve a holiday feast to over 300 people in need. Guests enjoyed turkey along with all of the usual holiday sides, while getting to know the 49ers.“This is the season of giving and Thanksgiving is all about being thank-ful,” said Buckner. “I’m very thankful for what I have in life and the blessings that came my way. But some people aren’t as fortunate. Being able to give back and serve food is a great feeling and it’s a blessing.”

    • During the 2019 offseason, members of the 49ers took park in the Second Annual Picnic on the Field, located on the Levi’s Stadium field. Buckner and his teammates spent the day taking pictures with fans, who enjoyed music, food and games in support of the 49ers Foundation. The foundation, in conjunction with NFL Hud-dle for 100, partnered with Amazon to fill 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies. Fans and players joined together to assemble the packs, which were distributed throughout the community to chil-dren in need.

    GOLDMINE (CONTINUED)• The 49ers worked alongside the humanitarian-relief organization

    Convoy of Hope on December 4, 2018, and hosted 1,500 guests in-need from Bay Area nonprofits and schools at Levi’s® Stadium for a free holiday resource fair. Buckner and his 49ers teammates dis-tributed groceries, toys, books, shoes and other holiday offerings to the guests. The attendees also received haircuts, utilized health resources and took family portraits or professional headshots. Convoy of Hope is a nonprofit organization that directs children’s feeding initiatives, hosts community outreach programs and pro-vides disaster response resources to those in need in the Bay Area and throughout the world.

    • Buckner and his teammates surprised guests of the CityTeam Men’s Program and House of Grace on November 20, 2018, at Levi’s Stadium. The group believed they were just taking a tour of the stadium, but they were in fact joining the 49ers players for a night full of exciting events. The guests received a makeover and haircut, selected a new outfit from Dockers, snapped a new head-shot and then shared a Thanksgiving dinner with the 49ers play-ers.

    • After posing for a photoshoot, Buckner and his teammates joined Levi’s in support of breast, colon and pediatric cancer warriors at the Crucial Catch Fashion Show present-ed by Dignity Health on Octo-ber 2, 2018. 49ers players and cancer warriors took to the runway to show off their at-tire and share their stories of strength and courage with the audience.

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    TACKLES INTERCEPTIONS FUMBLESYEAR TEAM GP GS TOT SOL AST SACKS YDS INT YDS LG TD PD FF FR YDS 2016 SF 15 15 87 58 29 6.0 26.0 0 0 - 0 1 0 2 02017 SF 16 16 61 45 16 3.0 21.0 0 0 - 0 5 1 0 02018 SF 16 16 67 44 23 12.0 71.0 0 0 - 0 2 0 1 02019 SFTOTALS 47 47 215 147 68 21.0 118.0 0 0 - 0 8 1 3 0

    Additional Statistics:Special Teams Tackles - 1: 2017 (1)

    Milestones: NFL Debut: vs. LAR (9/12/16); First Start: vs. LAR (9/12/16); First FR: at Buf. (10/16/16 - QB Tyrod Taylor); First FF: vs. LAR (9/21/17 - RB Todd Gurley); First Sack: at Buf. (10/16/16 - QB Tyrod Taylor); First Multi-Sack Game: at Buf. (10/16/16 - 2.0; QB Tyrod Taylor); Multi-Sack Games: 4, Last vs. Sea. (12/16/18 - 2.0; QB Russell Wilson)

    BUCKNER’S TRANSACTIONS Originally the first of two 1st-round (7th overall) draft choices by SF in 2016.

    BUCKNER’S CAREER STATISTICS

    Total Tackles: 11 vs. Sea. (12/16/18)Solo: 8 vs. NYJ (12/11/16)Assists: 5 vs. NYG (11/12/18)Sacks: 2.5 at Min. (9/9/18)

    Passes Defensed: 2 vs. Dal. (10/22/17)Fumble Recoveries: 1 (3 times) Last vs. Chi. (12/23/16)Forced Fumbles: 1 vs. LAR (9/21/17)

    BUCKNER’S CAREER HIGHS

    Date Opp Sacks Yds QB 10/16/16 at Buf. 2.0 0.0 Tyrod Taylor (2.0)12/11/16 vs. NYJ 2.0 9.0 Bryce Petty (2.0)9/9/18 at Min. 2.5 16.0 Kirk Cousins (2.5)

    Date Opp Sacks Yds QB 12/2/18 at Sea. 2.0 6.0 Russell Wilson (2.0)12/16/18 vs. Sea. 2.0 12.0 Russell Wilson (2.0)

    BUCKNER’S CAREER MULTI-SACK GAMES (5)

    GOLDMINE (CONTINUED)• In July of 2017, Buckner returned to his hometown of Waianae, HI,

    to host a free noncontact youth football clinic at Waianae High School. “Having my first camp back in my hometown means a lot to me because this is where it all started,” said Buckner. “Where I grew up shaped a big part of my life and having the opportunity to give back to my community means the world to me. I just want the youth in our community to see that dreams do come true.”

    • During his time at Oregon, Buckner used art as an outlet for his emotions outside of football, even earning the nickname “Dr. DeFo” from his art professor for his passion, focus and patience with his pieces. Buckner enrolled in a class called “Art of the Ath-lete,” which provides engagement for student-athletes through the visual arts and has the student-athletes help in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art workshops for children with disabilities. During the open exhibition at the end of the class, Buckner was awarded with the highest honor, the breakout artist award for his piece titled “King of Pop” showing himself in a Michael Jackson type pose that was spray painted on vinyl.

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    2017• Started all 16 games and tallied 61 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 1 FF and a

    career-high 5 PDs.• Registered the 1st FF of his career vs. LAR (9/21), stripping the ball

    from Rams RB Todd Gurley II.• Brought down Cardinals QB Carson Palmer for a 7-yd. loss at Arz.

    (10/1), marking his 1st sack of the season and 7th of his career.• Combined with LB Elvis Dumervil for a sack of Colts QB Jacoby

    Brissett at Ind. (10/8).• Along with DL Tank Carradine, the pair combined on a 3-yd. sack

    of Titans QB Marcus Mariota vs. Ten. (12/17).

    2016• Started all 15 games in which he appeared and tied for the team

    lead in sacks with 6.0. Also tallied 87 tackles, 1 PD and 2 FRs.• According to GameBook Statistics, ranked 2nd among all DTs in

    tackles with 73 (Min. DT Linval Joseph - 77 tackles) and ranked 4th among all rookies with 6.0 sacks.

    • Recorded the 1st 2.0 sacks of his career and his 1st career FR at Buf. (10/16), twice taking down Bills QB Tyrod Taylor. He is the 1st member of the 49ers to register 2.0 sacks and 1 FR in a single game since LB Aldon Smith accomplished the feat in 2011 [vs. StL (12/4/11) - 2.0 sacks and 1 FR].

    • Registered 8 tackles, 1.0 sack and 1 FR at Arz. (11/13), his 3rd sack of the season and 2nd career FR.

    • Recorded a career-high 10 tackles and 2.0 sacks vs. NYJ (12/11), marking his 2nd career multi-sack game.

    • Registered his 6th sack of the season at LAR (12/24), tak-ing down QB Jared Goff for an 8-yd. loss. With that sack, he tied LB Aaron Lynch (6.0 sacks in 2014) for 5th-most sacks by a rookie in 49ers fran-chise history.

    • Part of a 49ers defense that allowed 177 net yds. (99 rush, 78 pass) at LAR (12/24), the fewest given up by the 49ers defense in a single game since 11/19/12 vs. Chi. (143; 85 rush, 58 pass).

    2018• Ranked 2nd in the NFL among DTs in sacks (12.0).

    • Started all 16 games and registered 67 tackles, a career-high 12.0 sacks, 3 PDs and 1 FR.

    • Registered a career-high 2.5 sacks of Vikings QB Kirk Cousins at Min. (9/9). His 2.5 sacks were the most by a 49ers defender in a single game since 11/20/12 (LB Aldon Smith - 5.5 sacks vs. Chi.). Tied for the third-most sacks in a single game by a 49ers defender since 2010.

    • His 2.5 sacks at Min. (9/9) were the most by a 49ers player in Week 1 since 9/11/05 [Junior Bryant (3.0) and LB Julian Peterson (2.5) vs. StL].

    • Registered 2.0 sacks of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson at Sea. (12/2). With the 2.0 sacks, became the first 49ers defender to register at least 0.5 sack in four-consecutive games since LB Aldon Smith accomplished the feat in Weeks 7-14 of the 2012 season [1.0 vs. Sea. (10/18/12), 2.0 at Arz. (10/29/12), 2.0 vs. StL (11/11/12), 5.5 vs. Chi. (11/19/12), 1.5 at NO (11/25/12), 1.0 at StL (12/2/12) & 2.0 vs. Mia. (12/9/12)].

    • Registered a career-high 11 tackles and 2.0 sacks vs. Sea. (12/16). Has now registered 2.0-or-more sacks in three games this season, the most in a single season by a member of the 49ers since LB Al-don Smith registered three games with at least 2.0 sacks in 2013.

    • Registered 3 tackles and 1.0 sack vs. Chi. (12/23). Also recovered a Bears fumble, marking the 3rd FR of his career and his first since 11/13/16 at Arz. Extended his sack total to 12.0 on the season, which is the 4th-most by a 49ers defender since 2000.

    MOST TACKLES AMONGDTs (2016)

    Player Tackles 1. Linval Joseph, Min. 77 2. DeForest Buckner, SF 73 3. Ndamukong Suh, Mia. 72 4. Kyle Williams, Buf. 64 5. Kawann Short, Car. 55

    MOST SACKS AMONGROOKIES (2016)

    Player Sacks1. Joey Bosa, SD 10.52. Yannick Ngakoue, Jax. 8.03. Leonard Floyd, Chi. 7.04. DeForest Buckner, SF 6.05. Two players 5.5

    MOST SACKS BY A ROOKIE,49ERS FRANCHISE HISTORY

    Player Sacks Year 1. LB Aldon Smith 14.0 2011 2. LB Charles Haley 12.0 1986 3. DT Dana Stubblefield 10.5 1993 4. DE Andre Carter 6.5 2001 5t. DL DeForest Buckner 6.0 2016 LB Aaron Lynch 6.0 2014

    MOST SACKS IN THE NFL AMONG DTs (2018) Player Sacks Sack Yds. 1. Aaron Donald, LAR 20.5 183.5 2. DeForest Buckner, SF 12.0 71.0 3t. Jarran Reed, Sea. 10.5 74.0 Fletcher Cox, Phi. 10.5 68.5 5. Geno Atkins, Cin. 10.0 55.0

    MOST SACKS IN A SINGLE GAME BY A 49ERS DEFENDER, SINCE 2010

    Player Date Opponent Sacks Aldon Smith 11/20/12 vs. Chicago 5.5 Justin Smith 1/2/11 at Arizona 3.0 DeForest Buckner 9/9/18 at Minnesota 2.5 Cassius Marsh 11/1/18 vs. Oakland 2.5 Aldon Smith 12/20/11 vs. Pittsburgh 2.5

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    COLLEGEAppeared in 54 games during his four-year career at Oregon and registered 232 tackles, 18.0 sacks, 36 TFLs and 9 PDs. In 2015, was named First-Team All-America by USA Today and Second-Team All-America by the Associated Press. Also earned Pac-12 Defen-sive Player of the Year honors and the Morris Trophy award, a prestigious honor voted on by opposing Pac-12 offensive linemen. Appeared in all 13 games and registered 83 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 17 TFLs and 5 PDs. As a junior in 2014, started all 15 games for the Ducks, and was named Second-Team All-Pac-12 after recording 81 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 13 TFLs and 4 PDs. In 2013, appeared in 13 games (8 starts) and registered 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 TFLs. As a freshman in 2012, received the Casanova Award as the team’s top first-year player after appearing in 13 games (2 starts) and re-cording 29 tackles, 1.0 sack and 2.5 TFLs.

    PERSONAL• Graduated with a degree in criminology.• Attended Punahou (Honolulu, HI) HS, where he recorded 73 tack-

    les as a senior and was named first-team all-state at DE. Also a four-year letterwinner in basketball, earning first-team all-state and first-team all-ILH (Interscholatistic League of Honolulu) hon-ors during his senior year.

    • Was teammates with 49ers DL Arik Armstead for three seasons at Oregon (2012-14).

    • Married to the former Ashlyn Shebelut.• Son of George and Maria Buckner.• Born DeForest George Buckner (3/17/94) in Waianae, HI.

    INJURY REPORT2016: Inactive vs. Arz. (10/6) with a foot injury.

    2016Date Opp W/L P/S Tot Sol Ast Sk Yds Int Yds PD FF FR Yds Sep 12 LAR W 1/1 4 2 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Sep 18 at Car L 1/1 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Sep 25 at Sea L 1/1 7 5 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Oct 2 Dal L 1/1 6 5 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Oct 6 Arz L - - INACTIVE (Foot) - - - - - -Oct 16 at Buf L 1/1 9 5 4 2.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 0Oct 23 TB L 1/1 9 6 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Nov 6 NO L 1/1 6 4 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Nov 13 at Arz L 1/1 8 6 2 1.0 9.0 0 0 0 0 1 0Nov 20 NE L 1/1 7 3 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Nov 27 at Mia L 1/1 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Dec 4 at Chi L 1/1 7 5 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Dec 11 NYJ L 1/1 10 8 2 2.0 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Dec 18 at Atl L 1/1 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Dec 24 at LAR W 1/1 2 2 0 1.0 8.0 0 0 1 0 0 0Jan 1 Sea L 1/1 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 15/15 87 58 29 6.0 26.0 0 0 1 0 2 0

    2017Date Opp W/L P/S Tot Sol Ast Sk Yds Int Yds PD FF FR Yds Sep 10 Car L 1/1 6 5 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Sep 17 at Sea L 1/1 4 2 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Sep 21 LAR L 1/1 5 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0Oct 1 at Arz L 1/1 4 4 0 1.0 7.0 0 0 1 0 0 0Oct 8 at Ind L 1/1 5 1 4 0.5 5.5 0 0 0 0 0 0Oct 15 at Was L 1/1 5 4 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Oct 22 Dal L 1/1 5 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0 0Oct 29 at Phi L 1/1 5 4 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Nov 5 Arz L 1/1 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Nov 12 NYG W 1/1 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Nov 26 Sea L 1/1 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Dec 3 at Chi W 1/1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Dec 10 at Hou W 1/1 2 1 1 1.0 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Dec 17 Ten W 1/1 9 7 2 0.5 1.5 0 0 1 0 0 0Dec 24 Jax W 1/1 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0Dec 31 at LAR W 1/1 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 16/16 61 45 16 3.0 21.0 0 0 5 1 0 0

    BUCKNER’S GAME-BY-GAME

    2018Date Opp W/L P/S Tot Sol Ast Sk Yds Int Yds PD FF FR Yds Sep 9 at Min L 1/1 7 3 4 2.5 16.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Sep 16 Det W 1/1 5 5 0 1.0 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Sep 23 at KC L 1/1 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Sep 30 at LAC L 1/1 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Oct 7 Arz L 1/1 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Oct 15 at GB L 1/1 2 1 1 1.0 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Oct 21 LAR L 1/1 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Oct 28 at Arz L 1/1 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0Nov 1 Oak W 1/1 2 2 0 1.0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Nov 12 NYG L 1/1 5 0 5 0.5 4.0 0 0 1 0 0 0Nov 25 at TB L 1/1 5 5 0 1.0 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Dec 2 at Sea L 1/1 7 3 4 2.0 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Dec 9 Den W 1/1 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Dec 16 Sea W 1/1 11 7 4 2.0 12.0 0 0 0 0 0 0Dec 23 Chi L 1/1 3 3 0 1.0 3.0 0 0 0 0 1 0Dec 30 at LAR L 1/1 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 TOTALS 16/16 67 44 23 12.0 71.0 0 0 3 0 1 0