Buster Stanley
Date of birth: (1970-05-14) May 14, 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth: Youngstown, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Defensive tackle, Defensive guard, Nose tackle
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Sylvester "Buster" Stanley, Jr. (born November 30, 1970) is a former American football player. Stanley played college football for the University of Michigan from 1990 to 1993 and was the Most Valuable Player on the 1993 Michigan Wolverines football team. He played professional football for the New England Patriots (1994), Rhein Fire (1996–1997) and Grand Rapids Rampage (1999–2000).

Early yearsEdit

Stanley was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. His father, Sylvester Stanley, Sr., worked at a General Motors plant in Youngstown. His mother, Theodora, was a licensed practical nurse.[1] As a senior in high school, Stanley was named by the Detroit Free Press to its "Best of the Midwest" team and was selected as the UPI Lineman of the Year for the first time.[1]

University of MichiganEdit

After graduating from Youngstown's East High School, Stanley accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Michigan, choosing Michigan over offers from Ohio State University and Michigan State University.[1] He played at the defensive tackle and middle guard positions for the Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1990 to 1993.[2][3][4] After a lackluster defensive performance against Houston in 1993, Stanley called a defensive team meeting. Stanley noted, "We had a little meeting (last) Sunday — just the (defensive) players and we got everything out and came out with a better attitude this week. We wanted to come out and play 'Michigan defense.'"[5] The following week against Iowa, Stanley "led an inspired effort by the Wolverines defensive front", allowing only 48 yards on the ground. Stanley had 10 tackles in the game, including three for losses and two quarterback sacks.[5] Stanley was selected as the Most Valuable Player and a co-captain of the 1993 Michigan Wolverines football team.[2][6] He also won the Dick Katcher award in 1993 as the team's outstanding defensive lineman or outside linebacker.[7] Stanley graduated from the University of Michigan in 1994 with a bachelor of arts degree in kinesiology.[8]

Professional footballEdit

He played as a nose guard for the New England Patriots in 1994.[9] In 1996 and 1997, he played for the Rhein Fire in the World League of American Football. He was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Michigan from 1997 to 1999.[8][10] He played for the Grand Rapids Rampage in the Arena Football League from 1999 to 2000.[8] While playing for Grand Rapids, Stanley received the Rampage Award as the "Best Player for the Organization" and was named to the Arena Football League's All-Rookie Team.[8]

Later yearsEdit

After retiring from football, Stanley worked as an account representative for Worthington Steel (1999–2003) and as a sales representative for U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands (2003–2009).[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ken Sugiura (1993-11-22). "Oh Captain, My Captain: Buster Stanley laughs off the field, leads 'M' on it". The Michigan Daily.,3001343&dq=buster-stanley&hl=en.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "1993 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  3. "1992 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  4. "1991 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jeff Dahn (1993-10-03). "Moeller speaks kindly of Iowa defensive effort". The Cedar Rapids Gazette.
  6. "University of Michigan Football Co-Captain: Buster Stanley, 1993". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  7. "Michigan Football Dick Katcher Award". University of Michigan. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "Sylvester Stanley Jr.". Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  9. "Buster Stanley". Archived from the original on 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  10. Stanley lists this coaching position on his curriculum vitae, but he is not listed as an assistant coach on the official register of U-M assistant football coaches. This fact requires further verification.
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