Buster Rhymes
No. 88, 80
Position:Wide receiver,
Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1962-01-27) January 27, 1962 (age 62)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Northwestern (Miami)
NFL draft:1985 / Round: 4 / Pick: 85
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:149
Return yards:1,558
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

George "Buster" Rhymes (born January 27, 1962) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL).


Rhymes grew up in Liberty City, an inner city neighborhood of Miami, Florida. He graduated from Miami Northwestern and committed to the University of Oklahoma under coach Barry Switzer in 1980.[1] He was named Dade County's Athlete of the Year for 1979–80.[2]

Buster achieved All-American recognition at Oklahoma as a wide receiver.

Standing 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall and weighing 218 lb (99 kg), Rhymes was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 1985 NFL draft.[3] Rhymes played in two NFL seasons for the Vikings in 1985 and 1986, and in 1985 set an NFL single-season record for kick return yardage with 1,345 yards; the league record has since been broken, but the total stood as a Vikings franchise record until broken by Cordarrelle Patterson in the final game of the 2013 season. Following his NFL stint, Rhymes went to Canada and played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. He spent two seasons there (1988 and 1989), winning a Grey Cup championship ring in 1988.

In popular culture

Rhymes was the inspiration behind American rapper Busta Rhymes' stage name, which was given to him by Chuck D.[4]


  1. ^ 1980 OU Football Roster - SoonerStats.com - Oklahoma Sooners Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Softball Scores, Records, and Stats. SoonerStats.com. Retrieved on August 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Cowlishaw, Tim (September 10, 1982). "Buster bides time to regain lost luster". The Miami Herald. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  3. ^ "1985 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2023-10-05.
  4. ^ "The Story Of Chuck D Nicknaming Busta Rhymes After NFL Player". ThePostGame.com. August 16, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2019.