Clemson Tiger Heroes
Frank Howard was Clemson’s head coach between 1940-69, as he guided Clemson to eight conference championships, six bowl games, and six top-25 seasons. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989 and is the second winningest coach in ACC history. He had 165 wins when he retired, the most in ACC history.
Steve Fuller is one of three football players in Clemson history to be chosen an All-American on the field and in the classroom. Fuller was a first-team Academic All-American in 1977 and 1978 and was a third-team AP All-American in 1978. Fuller, who was ACC MVP on two occasions, is still Clemson’s all-time leader in touchdown responsibility. He was an NCAA Top Five Award winner in 1979, the only Clemson athlete to win the award.
Banks McFadden was named the nation’s most versatile athlete in 1939. He was an All-American in football and basketball, the only Clemson athlete in history to do that. McFadden led Clemson to its first bowl bid ever, a 6-3 win over Boston College in the 1940 Cotton Bowl. He was the number-three pick of the 1940 NFL draft, the highest draft selection in Clemson history.
Jeff Davis, captain of Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team, was a first-team All-American that year when he led the Tigers in tackles with 175, the second highest total in Clemson history. Davis was also named the MVP of the ACC and was the Defensive MVP of the Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska, the game that clinched the national championship for the Tigers.
Fred Cone, was the first player in Clemson history to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a career. Cone played for the Tigers from 1948 to 1950. He still ranks third on the Clemson career list for touchdowns with 31. Cone was a starter on two undefeated Clemson teams, one of two players in Clemson history to do that.
Jerry Butler was a first-team AP All-American in 1978 when he joined Steve Fuller in leading Clemson to a number-six national ranking and 11-1 record. He caught at least one pass in 36 consecutive games, a record that still stands today. In 1979 he was the number-five draft pick of the NFL by the Buffalo Bills, where he played at a Pro Bowl level for eight seasons.
Terry Kinard, who played for the Tigers from 1978-82 and was named National Defensive Player of the Year by CBS Sports as a senior, and is just the second Clemson player in history to be honored by the College Football Hall of Fame, the first since Banks McFadden in 1959. He was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame on December 12, 2001.