GREENSBORO, N.C. - Peter Boulware, one of the top pass rushers in Atlantic Coast Conference history, will represent Florida State on the 12-member, 2010 ACC Legends class.
The Legends will be honored at this year's Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship Game weekend, Dec. 3-4, in Charlotte, N.C. Boulware will take part in the ACC Night of Legends event on Friday and be recognized during ceremonies at Bank of America Stadium during Saturday's championship game, which will kickoff at 7:45 p.m. and be nationally televised in 3-D on ESPN.
"It's very special. I'm honored to be able to be in the [Legends] class. I know there are a lot of great players who were part of the game in the ACC. I'm honored and humble to a part," Boulware said.
There's no doubt Boulware is worthy of a place among the group of honored football greats among current ACC schools. From 1994-96, Boulware terrorized ACC quarterbacks. He led the nation with 19 quarterback sacks in 1996 and earned consensus All-America honors at defensive end for coach Bobby Bowden's Seminoles. During his three-year career, he racked up 34 career sacks, which ranks second in school history to teammate Reinard Wilson (35.5), as the Seminoles piled up a 31-4-1 record which included three ACC titles.
Boulware was the 1996 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and also named National Defensive Player of the Year by Football News. The fourth overall selection in the 1997 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, he played nine seasons and retired after 2005 as the franchise's all-time sacks leader with 70. He was selected as the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press in 1997, played in four Pro Bowls and helped the Ravens cap the 2001 season with a Super Bowl victory.
It's a resume that stacks up well among the 12-member Legends class. Collectively, five from the class earned some kind of ACC Player of the Year honors and three were selected to the league's prestigious 50th Anniversary football team. From the group, eight combined for 58 years of professional football experience, including five first-round picks.
Boulware was the second of three football-playing brothers from Columbia, S.C. who suited up in the ACC, following older brother Raleigh, who was a standout at Georgia Tech. A younger brother, Michael, later was a standout linebacker with the Seminoles.
He and his wife, Kensy (Zulueta), a former FSU volleyball player, have four children and reside in Tallahassee.
The former FSU star is joined in the ACC Legends class by Ted Brown (N.C. State), Steve Fuller (Clemson), Cortez Kennedy (Miami), Randy Rhino (Georgia Tech), Ethan Horton (North Carolina), Barry Word (Virginia), Cornell Brown (Virginia Tech), Darryl Hill (Maryland), Jay Wilkinson (Duke), Larry Hopkins (Wake Forest) and Tony Thurman (Boston College).