Dan Buenning
No. 72, 62
Personal information
Born: (1981-10-26) October 26, 1981 (age 39)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Suamico (WI) Bay Port
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 107
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Games played:36
Games started:23
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Daniel Robert Buenning[1] (born October 26, 1981 in Green Bay, Wisconsin) is a former American football guard. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and also played professionally for the Chicago Bears and Florida Tuskers. He played college football at Wisconsin.

College career

Buenning played on both sides of the ball at Bay Port High School, earning all-state honors and committing to the University of Wisconsin.[1] He was also a state champion wrestler at Bay Port.[2]

Playing at Wisconsin, Buenning was a four-year starter on the offensive line, and was a team captain his senior season.[3] He was an All-American and All-Big Ten selection after the 2004 season.[4]

Professional career

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buenning was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft,[4] and became an immediate starter.[5] He played in nine games his sophomore season before suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, sidelining him for the rest of 2006 and all of 2007.[6] After spending his first three NFL seasons at guard, he moved to center between the 2007 and 2008 seasons.[7]

Chicago Bears

On September 2, 2008, Buenning was traded to the Chicago Bears for a conditional 2009 sixth-round pick.[8]

On September 4, 2009, the Bears informed Buenning that the team intended to cut him.[9]

Florida Tuskers

In 2009, Buenning played for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.[10]

Personal life

Buenning is married.[11] After his football career ended, Buenning became a car salesman in Waupaca, Wisconsin.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Game Day Spotlight: Dan Buenning". Tampa Bay Buccaneers. September 24, 2005. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "Shufelt takes third Div. III state wrestling title". The Journal Times. February 27, 2000. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Oxley, Jim. "Wisconsin Football Countdown: No. 67, Dan Buenning". Badger of Honor. FanSided. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Reviewing the Buccaneers' 2005 NFL Draft". Bucs Nation. SB Nation. March 17, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "Bears Trade For Dan Buenning". Windy City Gridiron. September 2, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2012-08-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "More On Buenning". Windy City Gridiron. SB Nation. September 2, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  8. ^ Smith, Craig T. (September 2, 2008). "Buccaneers trade for Pittsburgh Steelers' G/C Sean Mahan, deal Dan Buenning to the Chicago Bears". Bucs Nation. SB Nation. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  9. ^ "Bears inform veteran offensive lineman Dan Buenning he is cut". Chicago Sun-Times. September 4, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  10. ^ "2010 United Football League Media Guide" (PDF). United Football League. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  11. ^ "Buccaneers' Wives Are a Winning Team". Tampa Bay Magazine. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  12. ^ Lucas, Mike (August 26, 2016). "Lucas at Large: Adjusting to life after football". Wisconsin Badgers Athletics. Retrieved June 29, 2020.