Camron Buckley '21
By Will Johnson '01
Whether Camron Buckley is in class, in the locker room or in the middle of a grueling workout, one thing almost always remains the same about the Aggie wide receiver. The smile on his face.
“I just want to be an all-around happy person,” Buckley said. “I don't want to be down. I don't want anyone else to be down. I just feel like it could affect someone else's day. A smile is contagious in every single way.”
Buckley has plenty of reasons for grinning these days. He is playing the game he loves at a prestigious university, and he is grateful for the opportunity.
Through the 1922 Fund, Buckley is paired with 12th Man Foundation donors Suzanne and Charles Boyette '79, and has developed a close relationship with the generous Aggie couple.
“I feel like they're extended family,” Buckley said. “I have so much love for them. I'm thankful they're in my life.”
Buckley and the Boyettes stay in touch, checking in on one another. The couple has witnessed Buckley's contagious smile first-hand, as well as the Cedar Hill native's ability on the field.
“Camron is one of a kind. The connection we have built through the 1922 Fund warms my heart and makes me feel like our contribution really made a difference. It makes me want to do it again, and I know the bond and relationship we have formed with Camron has inspired some of my friends to consider the 1922 Fund.”
“I feel like the Boyettes are extended family. I have so much love for them. I'm thankful they're in my life.”
“Camron is one of a kind,” Suzanne said. “He always has a smile on his face and his positive attitude is inspiring. He is very genuine and appreciative, and he really cares about his family, friends and football. I'm happy to be a part of his life and believe we will continue to stay in touch long after he leaves A&M.
“The connection we have built through the 1922 Fund warms my heart and makes me feel like our contribution really made a difference. It makes me want to do it again, and I know the bond and relationship we have formed with Camron has inspired some of my friends to consider the 1922 Fund.”
On the field, the junior is one of a few veterans amongst a young and talented receiving corps. Buckley, who trained in July with Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, has contributed to A&M's success with several key catches thus far in his Aggie career including the team's longest reception in 2018 (69 yards) in the near-upset of eventual national champion Clemson.
A business major, Buckley wants to use his education and positive attitude to continue to be involved with football when his playing days are finished, potentially marketing and promoting the game.
“I hope to use my degree to stay close to the sport, widen my network and knowledge within football,” he said. “I want to be around it to help kids and give back to my community.”
Whether it's football, education or donors like the Boyettes who help make it all possible, Buckley beams when considering the opportunities in front of him. He wants to be a positive influence to his teammates, fellow students and anyone watching.
Indeed, Buckley has plenty of reasons to smile. And he is grinning for all the right reasons.