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About Buster Skrine

Darryl Frank Skrine Jr., nicknamed Buster, was born on April 26th, 1989. Skrine was given his nickname “Buster” by his grandmother because his father also shares the same first name. He currently plays in the NFL as a cornerback for the New York Jets. Skrine signed a five-year contract with the New York Jets on March 10, 2015. He was first drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Buster played college football for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he was named First Team All-Southern Conference, twice.

In his high school years, Skrine attended Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia. He was a football start there on both offense and defense. As a junior, he was named All-County as defensive back and was selected the teams MVP of the year after recording 61 tackles and two interceptions. As a senior, he led Cherokee County County in rushing yards with 1,071 on 167 rushes and 15 touchdowns. He caught 17 balls for 363 yards and a score as a receiver, and also tallied 89 tackles from the secondary with 66 solo stops, had one interception and a fumble recovery. For his senior season, he earned All-county, All-region and All-state honors, and was named as the Cherokee County Player of the Year.

Not only was Skrine a start on the football field, he was also a top competitor in track & field. He won the 2007 County Championship in the triple jump (43-3 or 13.25m) and finished second in the long jump (22-7 or 6.92m), leading him to earn All-County honors in track.

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