Sept. 7, 2001
FSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2001
Four former student-athletes, LeRoy Butler, Bob Clem, Clay Shiver and Angela Wright, along with Bill Durham, the recipient of the Moore-Stone Award, given for outstanding contribution to the FSU athletics program, will be inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in a special ceremony tonight.
Here’s a look at the Class of 2001:
LeRoy Butler, Football
He wasn’t a typical child growing up in the Blodgett Homes projects in Jacksonville, Fla. LeRoy Butler struggled with extremely weak bones in his feet causing a misalignment, which prevented him from running. Several years of his youth were spent in braces, casts or even a wheelchair for a time. By the seventh grade, Butler’s feet had healed and the doors would soon open to a whole new world.
By 1986, Butler had become one of the most honored football players in the history of Lee High School. He was named to the Bally and Adidas All-America teams and ranked among the top 100 recruits listed by Joe Terranova of Football News.
At FSU, Butler became a household name when he ran the ball downfield in the punt-rooskie play against Clemson in 1988. His senior season, he moved from free safety to cornerback to replace teammate Deion Sanders. He had key interceptions in wins over Miami, Syracuse and Virginia Tech and finished the year with seven interceptions, which to this day, still places him fourth in the Seminoles’ all-time single-season records. He was named All-America at defensive back and was later named MVP of the Japan Bowl after an interception and 67 yard punt return. In 1990, Butler was a second-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers.
Today, Butler is a feisty fixture in the Packers’ green and gold entering his 12th season with Green Bay. He is a five-time NFL Pro-Bowler and is set to become the first NFL player in history to record 40 career interceptions and 20 career sacks. Butler is also known as the originator of the Lambeau Leap, where the players soar into the stands after scoring a touchdown on their home turf. In 1999, No. 36 was voted “NFL Man of the Year” for his extensive off-field community service.
Bob Clem, Baseball
Robert Clem, called the “most prolific hitter in city league history” by Georgia newspapers in the late 1950s, began impressing the coaches early in his career. The Atlanta native attended Bass High School where he lettered in football and baseball for four years. He earned all-state honors in football and was named to the North/South All-Star baseball team where he earned MVP honors. His batting average of .610 in 1957 still holds the top spot in the city of Atlanta.
When Clem joined the Seminoles, his impact was immediate, batting .461 as a sophomore in 1958. The talent behind the plate was noticed on a national scale as he was named to the District 3 All-Star team. Clem also became the youngest player named to the 30-man All-America squad in 1959, making him only the second All-American in Seminole history behind Dick Howser who received the honor in 1957 and ’58. Before leaving Florida State, the 6-1 second baseman established records for most triples and doubles in a season and led his team in hits, total bases, stolen bases, runs batted in and batting average. He is still listed in the Seminole record book for batting average.
On May 24, 1960, Clem signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles. It was a dream come true, but after just four seasons in Baltimore, he saw his career cut short. While playing centerfield, Clem hit the fence going after a fly ball and injured his arm. Though his time in the pros was not as long as he would have liked, he did have the opportunity to hit a three-run homer off of a famous major league pitcher named Satchell Paige.
Bob lives in Atlanta and has two daughters and two grandchildren. He and his wife Martha celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary over the summer.
Clay Shiver, Football
Clay Shiver grew up in the shadows of Seminole Territory. In his back yard, he was usually the quarterback in his fantasy game. He never dreamed of becoming an All-American hero at center but that’s just what he did.
In 1993, Shiver perfected the shotgun snap for a quarterback named Charlie Ward. He gave up just half a sack in more than 700 snaps to help lead Florida State to its first national championship. By the 1995 campaign, Shiver had become one of the top linemen in the country. He was a dominating blocker with quickness to pass block in FSU’s intricate offensive system. Shiver was named to the Football Writer’s first team All-America squad and Scripps Howard All-America team. He was a three-time All-ACC selection and received numerous ACC Player of the Week honors as well. During his junior and senior years, Shiver was awarded the prestigious Jacobs Trophy presented to the best blocker in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Shiver was the first Seminole selected in the 1996 NFL draft, taken 67th overall by the Dallas Cowboys. Shiver played in 14 games for Dallas during his first season, started in all 16 games in ’97 and in nine games in the ’98 campaign. After three seasons with Dallas, he became a free agent and signed with Denver and Carolina before having to retire due to a shoulder injury.
Angela Wright, Track and Field
It was quite obvious to folks in Marion County that Forest High School track star Angie Wright was headed for greatness. She broke the Class 3A state records in the 440-meter hurdles and 110 low hurdles and placed second in the 220. Wright also competed in the 220, long jump and high jump in high school and played basketball and ran cross-country. As a senior, she was honored for her accomplishments on and off the field, receiving the scholar athlete award after finishing at Forest with a 3.5 grade point average. She turned down an offer from Auburn to take a full scholarship at Florida State and at the end of the track season her jersey was retired at Forest High.
As a Lady Seminole, Wright was a 15-time All-American. She received numerous honors, including being named MVP of the Pepsi Invitation in Los Angeles. Her 1983 Seminole team placed second in Houston at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship, finishing behind UCLA. Wright’s relay team set new NCAA records in the 440-meter and 1600-meter relays. As an individual, she placed third in the 400-meter hurdles. Her outstanding discipline and work ethic kept her focused on the track and in the classroom. Wright was a member of the Dean’s List and the Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society.
In early 1984, Wright placed third at the U.S Track and Field National Meet and second at the U.S. Olympic Trials. This gave her an opportunity of a lifetime to become an Olympic athlete. At this time, she was ranked third in the United States and 11th in the world in the 400-meter hurdles.
Wright graduated from the University of Virginia with a law degree and is currently a practicing attorney in the Tampa area where she lives with her son Julian.
Bill Durham, Moore-Stone Award Recipient
Bill Durham was a typical student in the 1960s at Florida State. He was active in campus intramurals, played in a band called the Velvets and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. During his sophomore year, he was involved with the Homecoming Committee when he came up with an idea to really bring alive the Seminoles of Florida State. However, the idea would not fly at the time and was tabled for nearly 15 years.
But as the saying goes, timing is everything. Durham entered the insurance industry and was talking with a client at home who happened to be the new football coach at Florida State. Coach Bowden shared his desire about establishing some tradition at FSU and tossed out some ideas. And so, the opportunity arose for Durham to pitch the idea again. By the fall of 1977, Chief Osceola and Renegade began to materialize with the support of Bobby and Ann Bowden. One of Durham’s first steps was to seek the approval of the Seminole Indian Tribe. He then ran an ad in the Flambeau and received 168 applicants for the first rider. They were unable to locate the “right” horse so the original Renegade that premiered at the 1978 season opener against Oklahoma State was borrowed from a friend. Fans at that game got to witness the birth of a legend.
The sacred tradition is well known and well protected, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Durham. He has enjoyed a successful 30-year career in insurance sales and is currently serving as a marketing consultant for other insurance companies. Durham and his wife Leanne have two horse farms that house and train Renegade. Bill has three sons, Chris, Allen and Brent and a grandson, Jackson Tucker.