July 23, 2002
PINEHURST, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary Football Team was announced today by Commissioner John Swofford at the league’s 31st annual Football Kickoff. The 50-member team was voted on by a 120-member blue-ribbon committee that was selected by the league’s 50th Anniversary Committee.
Clemson led all league schools with nine members on the Golden Anniversary team while Florida State and North Carolina were tied for second with eight honorees each. NC State had six players selected, followed by Virginia (5), Maryland (4), Duke (3), Georgia Tech (3), Wake Forest (3) and South Carolina with one.
The ACC’s 50th Anniversary team, in alphabetical order, is as follows:
ACC 50th Anniversary Football Team
Bill Armstrong, Wake Forest (1973-1976)
Two-time All-American in 1975 and 1976 (the 1976 selection marks the only consensus player from WFU) … jersey #19 retired by WFU … All-ACC in 1975 and 1976 … inducted into WFU’s Hall of Fame in 1996 … recipient of the school’s Arnold Palmer Award in 1977 … 1976 team MVP … shares school career record for unassisted tackles with Ed Stetz … fourth in career total tackles … third in season total tackles … second in season unassisted tackles.
Tiki Barber, Virginia (1993-1996)
First-team All-ACC in 1995 and 1996 … 1996 ACC Player of the Year … 1996 ACC leader in rushing, punt returns and all-purpose yards, the first player in 40 years to do so … led ACC in all-purpose yards in 1995 … finished 10th in ACC history in rushing with 3,389 career yards … owned two of top-four rushing and all-purpose totals in ACC history.
Dre’ Bly, North Carolina (1996-1998)
Holds the ACC all-time record with 20 interceptions … only player in ACC history to earn first-team All-America honors on three occasions … first freshman to earn consensus first-team All-America honors in ACC history … became just the fifth freshman in NCAA history to be named to the AP All-America first team … was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the National Defensive Back of the Year in 1996 … earned ACC first-team honors and was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 1996 … led the nation in interceptions and interceptions per game as a freshman in 1996 with 11.
Joe Bostic, Clemson (1975-1978)
Two-year first-team All-American in 1977 and 1978 … four-year starter on the offensive line for Clemson, 1975-78 … named the top blocker in the ACC in 1977 by winning the Jacobs Blocking Trophy … won the same honor for the state of South Carolina in 1977 and 1978 … third-round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979, he played 11 years in the NFL.
Peter Boulware, Florida State (1994-1996)
Earned consensus All-America honors as a junior in 1996 after leading the nation and setting an FSU record with 19 quarterback sacks … ACC Defensive Player of the Year and the National Player of the Year in 1996 … had 34 career sacks in three seasons … third among ACC career sack leaders with 34 … graduated early from Florida State.
Derrick Brooks, Florida State (1991-1994)
Two-time consensus All-American linebacker for the Seminoles in 1993 and 1994 … led FSU to its first national title in 1993 … named ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 … an Academic All-American who won an NCAA postgraduate scholarship … all-pro in the NFL who was named Humanitarian of the Year.
Ted Brown, NC State (1975-1978)
All-America Honors: 1978 – Consensus 1st Team (Associated Press, UPI, Football Writers, Football Coaches) … named the ACC Freshman of the Year in 1975 and would go on to set the league record for career rushing yards that still stands (4,602 yards) … the only player in ACC history to earn All-ACC honors all four years of his career … when he finished his career, he ranked fourth on the NCAA Division I all-time career rushing chart, trailing only Tony Dorsett, Archie Griffin and Ed Marinaro with 4,602 yards.
Kelvin Bryant, North Carolina (1979-1982)
A three-time first-team All-ACC tailback … ranks fourth at UNC with 3,267 rushing yards … had three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons from 1980-82 … despite injuries, had 1,015 yards in seven games in 1981 … Rushed for more than 100 yards in a game on 19 occasions … scored six touchdowns in a game against East Carolina in 1981 … holds the NCAA record for most touchdowns scored in two and three consecutive games (11 and 15, respectively) … played eight years of professional football.
Jerry Butler, Clemson (1975-1978)
First-team AP All-American in 1978 … had a record 2,223 yards in pass receiving and at least one pass reception in 35 consecutive games … co-winner of Frank Howard Award with Steve Fuller for the 1978-79 academic year as Clemson’s Athletes of he Year … 10th in the nation in receiving with 4.9 catches per game in 1978 … first-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills, he was the fifth pick of the entire draft … member of the Clemson Ring of Honor … member of Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame and the State of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dennis Byrd, NC State (1965-1967)
All-America Honors: 1966 – Football Writers (1st); NEA (1st); Associated Press (2nd) 1967 – Consensus 1st Team (Associated Press, UPI, The Sporting News, NEA, Football Writers, Football Coaches, Central Press, Time Magazine, Walter Camp Foundation) … dominated many big games during his career with the Wolfpack … earned three All-ACC honors and became NC State’s first consensus All-American.
Dick Christy, NC State (1955-1957)
All-America Honors: 1957 – Associated Press (1st); UPI (1st) … at 5-10, 190 pounds, he led the team in rushing with 602 yards that season, and then ran for 589 yards, threw for 123 yards and returned kickoffs and touchdowns in 1956 … will always be remembered for scoring all 29 points in NC State’s 29-26 win over South Carolina in 1957 that clinched the ACC title … named the ACC Player of the Year and ACC Athlete of the Year as a senior … named to the ACC’s Silver Anniversary team in 1978.
Marco Coleman, Georgia Tech (1989-1991)
Two-time first-team all-America, 1990-91 … finalist for the 1991 Butkus Award … two-time first-team all-ACC, 1990-91 … key member of Tech’s 1990 national championship squad and part of a Tech defense that did not allow a touchdown for 19 straight quarters … finished his career as Tech’s all-time leader with 27.5 sacks and 50 tackles for loss in just three seasons … still ranks third in both categories … first-round draft pick in 1992 … long-time NFL career, including Pro Bowl honors following the 2000 season.
Bennie Cunningham, Clemson (1973-1975)
Consensus first-team All-American his junior year (1974), he was also chosen to some first teams as a senior … two-time first-team All-ACC pick … played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and won two Super Bowl rings (1978 & 1979 seasons) … a first-round draft pick for Pittsburgh in the 1976 draft, he was the 28th player chosen … member of Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame and State of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jeff Davis, Clemson (1978-1981)
First-team All-American in 1981 when he captained Clemson to National Championship … MVP of the ACC in 1981 as a defensive player, just the second defensive player to win the award … has the third best career tackles mark in Clemson history with 469 … defensive MVP of the 1981 Orange Bowl when Clemson downed Nebraska to win the national championship … member of the Clemson Ring of Honor in Memorial Stadium … member of Clemson Hall of Fame and South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jim Dombrowski, Virginia (1982-1985)
Most dominant ACC offensive lineman during his career … UVa’s first unanimous first-team All-American in 1985 … second-team All-American in 1984 … fifth player to win Jacobs Blocking Trophy twice in 1984-1985 when he was also named first-team All-ACC … four-year starter … fifth player in UVa history to have his number retired.
Warrick Dunn, Florida State (1993-1996)
Had his jersey retired following FSU career that included ’93 national championship … finest running back in FSU history who holds all-time rushing record with 3,959 career yards … ranks seventh all-time in the ACC in career rushing yardage … the only Seminole to gain over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons … three-time All-ACC selection.
Boomer Esiason, Maryland (1981-1983)
A two-time All-American honorable mention … completed 461 career passes for 6,259 yards (ranks second in both on Maryland career charts) … recorded 42 career collegiate touchdown passes, 1,006 total offensive plays and 6,081 total offensive yards … a second-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984 … his best season with the Bengals was in 1988 when he led the NFL with a 97.4 passer rating, and helped the Bengals win the AFC championship and advance to Super Bowl XXIII … competed in the NFL for 13 seasons.
Steve Fuller, Clemson (1975-1978)
Third-team All-American in 1978 … first-team Academic All-American in 1977 and 1978 … ACC Player-of-the-Year in 1977 and 1978 … in 1978 he led Clemson to ACC Championship with a perfect 6-0 record and then to a Gator Bowl victory; Tigers were 11-1 and ranked sixth in final poll that year … third in Clemson history with 4,359 yards passing and second in total offense with 6,096 yards in his career … second best pass interception avoidance percentage in NCAA history with 3.33% at the time of his graduation … charter member of Clemson Ring of Honor in Memorial Stadium with Frank Howard … member of Clemson Hall of Fame and South Carolina Hall of Fame … graduated with 3.9 GPA, he won NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship … national Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete.
William Fuller, North Carolina (1980-1983)
Consensus All-America as a senior in 1983 … Also earned first-team All-America honors as a junior … Was the only unanimous choice on the 1983 All-ACC team and is one of just three defensive linemen ever to make All-ACC for three straight years … Holds the UNC record with 57 tackles for loss and is fifth in UNC history with 20 career sacks … Had 22 tackles for loss in 1981 and 1983 … Played two years in the USFL and 13 in the NFL … Ranks among the NFL’s Top 20 in career sacks.
Roman Gabriel, NC State (1960-1961)
All-America Honors: 1960 – Football Writers (1st); Football News (1st); Football Coaches (2nd); UPI (2nd); NEA (2nd) 1961 – Football Writers (1st); Football news (1st); Football Coaches (1st); Time Magazine (1st); UPI (2nd); NEA (2nd) … began his collegiate career as a star in the defensive secondary as well as being the Wolfpack signal caller … tabbed as the National Sophomore Back of the Year by The Saturday Evening Post prior to his sophomore campaign … led the NCAA in completion percentage with a school record .604 in 1959 … threw for a then-school record 2,961 yards passing for his career, including 19 touchdowns … ranked eighth nationally in total offense in 1960 and 14th during his senior campaign … was named the ACC Player of the Year in 1960 and 1961 and was a 1960 Academic All-American … went on to a spectacular professional career, earning three trips to the Pro Bowl and being named the NFL’s MVP in 1969 … named to the ACC’s Silver Anniversary team in 1978.
Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech (1996-1999)
1999 Heisman Trophy runner-up and consensus first-team all-America … winner of 1999 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award … 1999 ACC Player of the Year … fFirst-team all-ACC, 1998-99 … 2000 McKevlin Award … finished his career as the ACC’s all-time leader in total offense, touchdown passes and touchdown responsibility … set Tech and ACC season records in 1999 for pass efficiency, total offense and touchdown responsibility while directing a Tech unit that led the nation in total offense and was second in scoring … led the Jackets to four straight bowls and was the MVP of two Tech bowl victories.
Alex Hawkins, South Carolina (1956-1958)
Halfback, played both offense and defense, 1965-58 (1,490 rushing yards) … ACC Player of the Year 1958 … All-ACC 1958 … Associated Press All-America (3rd team) 1958 … 13th player selected in 1959 NFL draft (Green Bay Packers) … played 10 seasons in NFL with Baltimore Colts (9) and Atlanta Falcons (1) … Has written two best seller books on his experiences in football and life … in South Carolina and USC Halls of Fame.
Clarkston Hines, Duke (1986-1989)
Consensus First Team All-America in 1989 … ACC Player of the Year in 1989 … two-time All-America pick in 1988 & 1989 … three-time First Team All-ACC selection in 1987, 1988 & 1989 … led the ACC in receiving yardage three consecutive seasons … ACC’s career leader with 38 touchdown receptions … ACC’s career leader with 17 100-yard receiving games … on the ACC’s career charts, ranks third in receiving yards (3,318) and sixth in total receptions (189) … set the ACC single-season record with 17 touchdown catches in 1989.
Torry Holt, NC State (1995-1998)
All-America Honors: 1998 – Consensus 1st Team ( Associated Press, The Sporting News, AFCA, Football Writers, Football News) … rewrote the NC State and ACC record books during his senior campaign … set the league mark for career receiving yards (3,379) and set Wolfpack career bests for receptions (191), touchdown receptions (31) and 100-yard receiving games (14) … was named the ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year for 1998 and was a two-time all-conference choice … Holt was a first round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams, and won a Super Bowl his rookie season.
Sebastian Janikowski, Florida State (1997-1999)
The only two-time winner of the Lou Groza Award as nation’s top kicker … a two-time consensus All-American as a sophomore and junior … two-time first team All-ACC selection … ACC’s second all-time career scoring leader with 324 points … made career-long 54-yard field goal as a senior … rare first round NFL selection as a kicker.
Marvin Jones, Florida State (1990-1992)
Winner of the 1992 Butkus and Lombardi Trophies … considered finest middle linebacker in FSU history … a two-time consensus All-America selection as a sophomore in 1991 and a junior in 1992 … ranks seventh in FSU history with 369 career tackles and only played three seasons.
Stan Jones, Maryland (1951-1953)
All-America tackle in 1953 … led the Maryland defense that allowed only 31 points and recorded six shutouts during the regular season … All-NFL, 1955, 1956, 1959 and 1960 … Played in seven straight Pro Bowls, 1956-1962 … a member of the Chicago Bears from 1954 -1965 … Enshrined in 1991 to the Pro Football Hall of Fame … inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Terry Kinard, Clemson (1978-1982)
First and still the only Clemson player to be unanimous All-America pick. (1982) … inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001 … first two-time Clemson All-American defensive back (1981 and 1982) … a first-team AP All-American two years in a row, the only Clemson player to do that … CBS National Defensive Player-of-the-Year for the 1982 season, only Tiger to win that award … chosen to the USA Today All-College Football Team in the 1980’s … member of Sports Illustrated’s All-Time college football team … named Clemson’s greatest player of the 20th Century by CNNSI.com … all-time Clemson leader in interceptions with 17, a mark that tied the 20-year-old ACC record.
Amos Lawrence, North Carolina (1977-1980)
The only ACC player and one of only four players in college football history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons … holds the UNC career record and is second in ACC history with 4,391 yards rushing … rushed for more than 100 yards in a game on 25 occasions … his 286 yards rushing vs. Virginia in 1977 was NCAA freshman rushing record at the time … named the co-MVP in the 1979 Gator Bowl and was the MVP of the 1980 Bluebonnet Bowl.
Bob Matheson, Duke (1964-1966)
A standout linebacker for the Blue Devils … earned First Team All-America honors in 1966 … named to the Silver Anniversary All-ACC Team … a two-time First Team All-ACC pick in 1965 & 1966 … enjoyed 15-year NFL career with Cleveland and Miami
Don McCauley, North Carolina (1968-1970)
Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001 … shattered the Carolina and the ACC record books with a dazzling senior season in 1970, rushing for 1,720 yards and scoring 21 touchdowns … his 1,720 yards was an all-time collegiate high at the time, breaking O.J. Simpson’s NCAA record … McCauley led the nation in all-purpose running and total points that season … his 120 points in 1970 is still an ACC single-season record … twice the ACC Player of the Year and still ranks fifth in career rushing at UNC … had a lengthy professional career with the Baltimore Colts.
Mike McGee, Duke (1957-1959)
Voted ACC Player of the Year in 1959 … was a first-team All-America selection in 1959 … winner of the Outland Trophy in 1959 … named to the Silver Anniversary All-ACC Team … was a two-time first team All-ACC pick in 1958 & 1959 … inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Herman Moore, Virginia (1988-1990)
Two-time All-American, including consensus first-team choice in 1990 … first-team All-ACC in 1990, second-team in 1989 … set two NCAA records, tied two others, and set ACC record for most yards receiving (1190) in a season … finished career as NCAA record-holder with highest yards per catch in a career (22.0) … finished second in ACC history in touchdown catches (27) and third in receiving yards (2,504) (both school records).
Bob Pellegrini, Maryland (1953-1955)
A consensus All-American center, first team All-ACC pick and ACC Player of the Year in 1955 … switched from guard before his senior year to become one of the best at his position … also the Terps’ top defensive player in ’55 … a National College Football Hall of Fame selection in 1996 … was a 6-2, 215-pound guard for the 1953 national championship team … first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1956 … helped lead the Eagles over Vince Lombardi’s Packers in the 1961 NFL Championship.
Julius Peppers, North Carolina (1999-2001)
A unanimous All-America selection in 2001 … won the 2001 Lombardi Award as the nation’s top lineman … also won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation’s top overall defensive player … earned All-America honors in 2000 and was a two-time first-team All-ACC selection … ranks second at UNC and sixth in the ACC in career sacks, despite playing just three seasons … led the nation with 15 sacks as a junior … one of the top two-sport athletes in ACC history, Peppers was a forward on UNC’s basketball team … helped Carolina advance to the 2000 Final Four and earn a share of the 2001 ACC regular-season title.
Michael Dean Perry, Clemson (1984-1987)
First-team All-American in 1987 … ACC Player-of-the-Year as a senior in 1987 … set the ACC record for career tackles for loss (61) and career sacks (28), both were previously held by his brother William … tied the Clemson single game tackle-for-loss mark against N.C. State in 1987 with five for 34 yards … Finalist (one of three) for Outland Trophy in 1987. All-ACC in 1986 and 1987 … went on to All-Pro Career with Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos, he was named to Pro Bowl five times … member of the Clemson Hall of Fame.
William Perry, Clemson (1981-1984)
First three-time All-American in Clemson football history (1982-83-84) … consensus All-American in 1983 … starter on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team … first among Division I players in tackles for loss as a senior with 2.45 per game … only fourth defensive player to be named All-ACC player for three years … first Clemson player to be a three-time selection to the All-ACC team … ACC MVP in 1984 … all-time ACC leader in tackles for loss with 60 at the end of his career … first round draft choice of the Chicago Bears.
Brian Piccolo, Wake Forest (1962-1964)
First team All-ACC selection in 1964 … inducted in WFU’s Hall of Fame in 1970 … earned All-American honors in 1964 … his jersey, #31, has been retired … ACC Player of the Year as a senior (1963-64) … ranked as WFU’s #1 in season points scored, season touchdowns scored and ranks seventh (tied with Morgan Kane) in career touchdowns scored … 10th in school’s career scoring leaders.
Frank Quayle, Virginia (1966-1968)
1968 ACC Player of the Year …1968-69 ACC Athlete of the Year … first-team All-ACC in 1967-1968 … at end of his career held ACC records for most rushing yards in a career, season and game, most points in a career, most career TDs and most all-purpose yards in season and career … led ACC in rushing in 1968 with 1,213 yards … only player in ACC history to lead three times in all-purpose yards … led nation in all-purpose yardage in 1966 with 1,616 yards … led ACC in scoring twice.
Jim Ritcher, NC State (1976-1979)
All-America Honors: 1978 – Consensus 1st Team (Associated Press, UPI, Football Writers, Football Coaches) 1979 – Consensus 1st Team (Associated Press, UPI, Football Writers, Football Coaches)… a 6-3, 245-pounder from Hinckley, Ohio…Jim Ritcher was the 1979 recipient of the Outland Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s premier lineman … he won the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy twice and went on to a successful NFL career.
Anthony Simmons, Clemson (1995-1997)
Just the second ACC player in history to be named an AP All-American in three different seasons (Clemson’s William Perry is the other) … earned third-team All-America honors as a freshman and sophomore, first-team as a junior … first-team AP All-American in 1997, Clemson’s first defensive player named to first team since 1982 … finished his career second in Clemson history in career tackles with 486 … led the ACC in tackles in 1996 and 1997 … one of 10 semifinalists for the 1997 Butkus Award … first-team All-ACC for three straight years, joining just Levon Kirkland and William Perry as three-time selections from Clemson.
Chris Slade, Virginia (1988-1992)
First-Team All-American in 1991 and consensus first-team in 1992, UVa’s first two-time first-teamer … 1992 National Defensive Player of the Year … first-team All-ACC in 1990 and ’92, second team in ’91 … still holds ACC and UVa career records with 40 sacks … school record 15 sacks in 1992 … 14 sacks in 1991 … holds school record with 56 TFL, including a record 21 in 1991.
Norm Snead, Wake Forest (1958-1960)
Quarterback from Warwick, VA … a first-round NFL Draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 1961… an All-American in 1960… jersey No. 16 has been retired at Wake Forest … three-time All-ACC selection … led league in passing and total offense last two seasons … enjoyed 16-year career in NFL and earned all-pro honors … 1977 WFU Hall of Fame inductee.
Ken Swilling, Georgia Tech (1988-1991)
Two-time all-America (1989-90), including unanimous first-team honors in 1990 … two-time first-team all-ACC, 1989-90 … member of Tech’s 1990 national championship squad and part of a Tech defense that did not allow a touchdown for 19 straight quarters … had 13 career interceptions, including six in 1989 and five in 1990 … has a share of the Tech single-game record with three interceptions vs. Boston College in 1989 … holds the Tech record for career tackles by a defensive back with 267.
Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina (1978-1980)
An outside linebacker who earned consensus All-America and the ACC Player of the Year honors in 1980 … established a Carolina single-season record with 16 sacks in 1980 … Carolina went 11-1 and won the ACC title in 1980 … selected as the No. 2 overall player in the NFL Draft and played 13 seasons with the New York Giants … elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Mike Voight, North Carolina (1973-1976)
Was named the ACC Player of the Year in 1975 and 1976 … is second in Carolina history in scoring and rushing with 254 points and 3,971 yards, respectively … still ranks sixth in rushing yards in the ACC … had three 1,000-yard seasons and twice was the top ground-gainer in the ACC … two-time ACC rushing leader … in 1976, he scored 110 points and ran for 1,407 yards.
Charlie Ward, Florida State (1990-1993)
The most decorated player in the history of college football…the first Heisman Trophy winner in the ACC when he won the award in 1993…literally, won every individual award that he qualified for as a senior…22-2 as a starter at quarterback in FSU’s first two years in the ACC.
Peter Warrick, Florida State (1996-1999)
Two-time consensus All-American (1998 and 99) and All-ACC who had most touchdown receptions (32) in FSU history…ACC’s all-time receiving yardage leader with 3,517…had a catch in 41 straight games…MVP of the national title game in the 1999 Sugar Bowl with a bowl record three touchdowns.
Chris Weinke, Florida State (1997-2000)
Second ACC player in history to win the Heisman Trophy…first three-year starter in FSU history at quarterback…led the nation with 4,167 passing yards as a senior…32-3 as the starter including wire-to-wire No. 1 run in 1999…threw for more yards (9,839) than any player in ACC history…won Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas trophies.
Randy White, Maryland (1972-1974)
Player whose combination of strength and quickness made him a prototypical defensive lineman in his day … Outland and Lombardi Trophy winner in 1974 … ACC Player of the Year in ’74 … AP All-American in 1973 and a consensus pick in ’74 … inductee of the National College and National Football League Halls of Fame … career tackle for loss leader at Maryland with 122 … perennial All-Pro with the Dallas Cowboys (1975-88) and co-MVP of Super Bowl XII.