What does an NFL “Rookie of the Year” Trophy look like?

Kristin Cates, owner of Rookies and Willie Buchanon

It’s your chance to find out!

Oceanside High School alum Willie Buchanon (Class of 1968) is sharing his 1972 NFL “Rookie of the Year” Trophy with the public and it is currently on display at Rookies Bar & Grill in Oceanside. He won this trophy playing for the Green Bay Packers.

Willie’s Senior Photo

After graduating from OHS in 1968, Buchanon was drafted to play for the San Diego Padres in 1969. But this Hall of Famer continued with football and was an All-American at San Diego State during his collegiate years. He played for seven years as defensive back for the Green Bay Packers and four years with the San Diego Chargers. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, the San Diego Hall of Champions, the California Jr. College Hall of Fame and in 2006, the Oceanside High School Hall of Fame .


Visit Kristin at Rookies, a friendly, locally-owned and operated neighborhood restaurant with a warm “Cheers-Like” environment. With TV’s throughout, Rookies can find your favorite game to watch. All ages welcome.

Rookies Bar and Grill
2216 S El Camino Real
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 757-1123