Buck played in this rivalry his Sophomore, Junior & Senior seasons from 1958 to 1960, serving as a captain his senior year. He was on the All-State team in 1960 and a member of the Holy Cross High School Hall of Fame. Buck received a football scholarship to Tulane University where he played offensive guard from 1962-1964. He went on to graduate from American University for his Masters. He would then go on to serve a tour of duty in Vietnam and returned to obtain his Ph.D from Notre Dame.