Phil Tuckett was born in Eugene, Oregon, and then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he graduated from Olympus High School. He was honored at OHS with the Sanky Dixon Outstanding Athlete Award for football and basketball, and was recruited to Dixie College by fellow Hall of Famer Coach Sark Arslanian. Phil played football for Dixie from 1964-66. He earned first team all-ICAC honors both years and was an Honorable Mention all-American running back in 1966, an honor he shared with future NFL Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson.
Following graduation from Dixie College, Phil played football at Weber State College and was named NCAA Academic All-American. With his bachelor’s degree in English, he began his professional football playing career with the San Diego Chargers, while writing at San Diego State. His first published article, How I Won My Lightning Bolts, appeared in Sport Magazine, was admired by Ed Sabol, President of NFL Films, who offered the first-year Charger a filmmaking opportunity with the pioneering NFL Films. Phil began as a writer and editor. As a cinematographer, he captured some of the most memorable events in NFL and Super Bowl history.
He served as vice president of special projects and has won 30 Emmy Awards for cinematography, writing, editing and directing, and a Billboard Music Award. Tuckett’s ventures outside the sports arena include music videos for such musicians as Santana, Metallica, Def Leppard, B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn, along with national commercial spots for Sprint and Reebok and documentary films for the TNT and History Channel networks. Tuckett was the first Dixie Rotary Bowl speaker and parade Grand Marshall. He has served as a member of the Dixie College National Advisory Council. While as a student at Dixie, he fell in love with and married the head cheerleader, Judy Oxborrow. They are the parents of three children and seven grandchildren.