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Best NFL players to play in Death Valley
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Best NFL players to play in Death Valley

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May 14, 2024, 7:16 PM
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Just for fun, let's all name the best, highest profile players to play football in Clemson's Death Valley, weather they were wearing an orange jersey or a visitor's jersey.

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May 14, 2024, 7:29 PM
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Bryan Dawkins nfl hall of famer

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May 14, 2024, 7:36 PM
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Joe Montana
Primetime
Lawrence Taylor

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Hard to beat those 3

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May 14, 2024, 8:01 PM
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maybe add a way back like Fran Tarkenton

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May 15, 2024, 7:05 PM [ in reply to Re: Best NFL players to play in Death Valley ]
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I agree, on those 3, but I'd put Prime first. That dude could play #### down corner, any WR position, run ebd arounds, and was a great kick returner.

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May 14, 2024, 7:51 PM
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I watched Calvin Johnson single handedly beat us one game.

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May 14, 2024, 8:08 PM
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Yep my first thought was Megatron


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you just brought back really BAD memories. dang. He's got my vote..

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May 14, 2024, 8:53 PM [ in reply to Re: Best NFL players to play in Death Valley ]
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Go Tigers.

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May 15, 2024, 10:27 AM [ in reply to Re: Best NFL players to play in Death Valley ]
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Just thinking of that game makes me sick to my stomach. I remember SCREAMING at the TV.

We got him back the next visit, though.

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I remember just falling back into my seat at DV.

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May 15, 2024, 10:32 AM
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Then, the guy sitting beside me slammed his stadium chair into the bleacher. I temporarily forgot about Johnson's catch in fear for life. 😄

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Herschel Walker should be on the list.***

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Re: Herschel Walker should be on the list.***

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May 14, 2024, 8:50 PM
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Good call....

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Re: Herschel Walker should be on the list.***

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May 15, 2024, 10:11 AM [ in reply to Herschel Walker should be on the list.*** ]
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At least he had the decency to not score in Death Valley.

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May 14, 2024, 8:10 PM
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Christian Wilkins, Grady Jarrett

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May 14, 2024, 8:14 PM
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The Snake, Stabler

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May 14, 2024, 8:15 PM
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Too many to name ! Go top ten:
Montana
Deon
Dawkins
Kinard
Fridge
Kirkland
Hershel
Calvin Johnson (tech receiver, think that was name)
Michael Dean
Matt ryan...I don't know

Some of ours in last 5 years or so should have great NFL careers

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Great list

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May 14, 2024, 8:32 PM
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When Matt Ryan came back in the game after the hit from David Dunham, I knew we were in trouble!

I was right as he brought BC back.

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Re: Great list

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May 15, 2024, 7:04 AM
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Aaron Kelly broke my heart worse than any girl

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May 14, 2024, 9:57 PM [ in reply to Re: Best NFL players to play in Death Valley ]
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If you break it down by 10 year periods, the best in the last 10 years is Lamar Jackson. Bruce Smith has to be on the list from the past and maybe the best ever was Lawrence Taylor.

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May 14, 2024, 8:15 PM
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Too many to name ! Go top ten:
Montana
Deon
Dawkins
Kinard
Fridge
Kirkland
Hershel
Calvin Johnson (tech receiver, think that was name)
Michael Dean
Matt ryan...I don't know

Some of ours in last 5 years or so should have great NFL careers

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May 14, 2024, 10:18 PM
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This is hard, forgot LT, AND if we say 10 yr or so career, thinking also:

D Hopkins
Torrie holt
Roman Gabriel (early 60's?)
Rhonda Barbe
Champ Bailey I think played in DV

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May 15, 2024, 8:34 AM [ in reply to Re: Best NFL players to play in Death Valley ]
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David Dunham's hit on Matt Ryan to this day remains one of my favorite all-time moments in the valley

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May 14, 2024, 8:29 PM
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Trevor Lawrence
Etienne
Montana
Lamar Jackson
Dexter Lawrence
Tee Higgins
William Perry and so many others

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Best NFL player = Montana***

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May 14, 2024, 8:37 PM
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Best NFL player = Montana***

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Best NFL player = Montana***

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May 14, 2024, 8:47 PM
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Doug Flutie

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May 14, 2024, 8:51 PM
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Randy White
Boomer Esiason
Ladanian Tomlinson

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Tomlinson was in the NFL several years prior to them

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May 14, 2024, 8:56 PM
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coming to Clemson

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I saw Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Ken Norton Jr, and Merton Hanks play the Panthers

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May 14, 2024, 9:06 PM
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In death valley in 1995; they're pretty good. Also got to see Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce; John Elway was there but he didn't play.

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Lots of other opponents: JJ Watt, Antonio Brown,Julius Peppers,Warwick Dunn

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May 14, 2024, 9:07 PM
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Many other FSU guys- Deon Sanders included, some Miami guys I’m sure, Gilmore, Sharp, Brooks, Rogers, Clowney for the Coots. Lots of UGA guys.

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Re: Lots of other opponents: JJ Watt, Antonio Brown,Julius Peppers,Warwick Dunn

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May 14, 2024, 9:14 PM
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How about a 10 year + career as DB in NFL, but flanker (yes that used to be a position) at Clemson... Charlie Waters!

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Re: Lots of other opponents: JJ Watt, Antonio Brown,Julius Peppers,Warwick Dunn


May 15, 2024, 8:35 AM [ in reply to Lots of other opponents: JJ Watt, Antonio Brown,Julius Peppers,Warwick Dunn ]
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JJ Watt and Antonio Brown is a nice find. Completely forgot about them playing at Central Michigan the year they came to Clemson.

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May 14, 2024, 9:51 PM
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Visitors: Joe Montana, Lawrence Taylor, Bruce Smith

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May 15, 2024, 8:10 AM
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Deon Sanders

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May 15, 2024, 8:33 AM
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figure listing the Clemson players will be beat to death so i'll name some away players...

Lamar Jackson (Loserville)
Aaron Donald (Pitt)
JJ Watt / Antonio Brown (CMU)

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Donald never played here - he finished at Pitt in 2013***


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For players that defined a position, I have to go with the Big Five.

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May 15, 2024, 8:38 AM
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Joe Montana at QB.

Neon Deion Sanders at CB.

Lawrence Taylor at LB

Calvin (Megatron) Johnson at WR.

William (The FRIDGE) Perry at DT.

Of course there were many others, but each of these was a FORCE at their position. I am still to this day gutted when I think of Montana leading the Irish to two fourth quarter TDs to beat us.

I purposely only have one CLEMSON player on the list. I chose the Fridge, because, well, who doesn't love the Fridge?

:)

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Michael Dean Perry, Phillip Rivers, Russell Wilson***


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May 15, 2024, 10:25 AM
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Listing non-Clemson players only:

Joe Montana
Julius Peppers
Calvin Johnson (makes me sick just thinking about it)
Deebo Samuel
Sterling Sharpe
Matt Ryan

Did Deion Sanders ever play at Death Valley? That's just slightly before my tenure as a Clemson fan.

Bonus answer: Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Jim Harbaugh (ugh), Jerome Bettis, John Kasay, and Marshall Faulk all played in DV as professionals in 1995.

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May 15, 2024, 10:28 AM
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And totally forgot about Lamar Jackson. He deserves to be on there.

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May 15, 2024, 11:49 AM [ in reply to Re: Best NFL players to play in Death Valley ]
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yes - Sanders returned a punt return for a TD in the infamous puntrooskie game

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May 16, 2024, 9:12 AM
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Ah yes. Should have remembered that. Love him or hate him (and I've done both), Sanders was one of the best ever to play the game.

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May 15, 2024, 10:58 AM
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He is not very good now but Russell Wilson has had a very good career. Luke Kuekly (sp) was pretty good.
Boomer Esiason was good.

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May 15, 2024, 11:09 AM
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Dalvin Cook , Deandre Hopkins.

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Joe Montana has to be up there.***

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May 15, 2024, 12:53 PM
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George Rogers

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Phillip Rivers.***

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Great names guys.


May 15, 2024, 6:42 PM
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I was going to mention Hershal Walker but someone did mention him. Are sone of these players from the NFL when they played the Panthers?

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May 15, 2024, 6:45 PM
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No doubt. Got to be Joe Montana.

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Steve Young***


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Doug Flutie***


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May 15, 2024, 10:37 PM
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Trevor Lawrence, ETN, Mike Williams, Hunter Renfrow(the goat), Deshaun, Sammy Watkins, Ship Happens, Big Dex, Christian Wilkins, A. Terrell & Shaq Lawson!

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May 15, 2024, 10:42 PM
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Jake Scott

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I say LT is the very best


May 16, 2024, 2:41 PM
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Joe Montana was great, legend.

Hershel Walker was among best RB ever to play college football. No TD's in the valley!!

But LT was just different. The game literally changed based on his style and ability, coaches has to find a way and change offense to stop this guy from wrecking the game plan lol

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