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The greatest athlete that Clemson let get away was .....

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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 7:52 PM
 

Andersons own Jim Rice. A great running back in high school who became one of baseballs greatest, I enjoy watching him on NESN prior to games. He is a very knowledgeable guy and a sharp dresser! Anderson should be proud.


How did we let Jim Ed Rice “get away”? He was never


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 7:56 PM
 

He was never interested in college in the first place was he?

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Re: How did we let Jim Ed Rice “get away”? He was never


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:00 PM
 

Ask coach Ford.


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 11:15 PM
 

Now I’m really confused. Rice was already with the Red Sox by the early 1970s way before Coach Ford came to Clemson. If Rice were recruited to Clemson, it would have been Hootie Ingram or Red Parker.

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Yep, in '78 when Danny coached his first game

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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 11:40 PM
 

as a head coach in the Gator Bowl, Rice was AL MVP. He was a rookie in '75, and had at least 3-4 years in the minors prior to that


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Posted: Oct 25, 2018 7:29 AM
 



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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 7:57 PM
 

He was a WR in high school.

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I'd say Herschel or Todd Gurly

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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 8:08 PM
 

They could have made a major impact on both teams they would have been on.

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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 8:16 PM
 

Tim Tebow


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 8:21 PM
 

Herschel Walker


Well, we did win a national championship, even without Hershel!


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 8:40 PM
 



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Would have had 2, maybe even 3 with him though***


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:26 PM
 



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Georgia didn't...And there is no way in HeII we win in 80


Posted: Oct 25, 2018 5:23 PM
 

with him and truthfully, 82 would have been a stretch as well


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 8:27 PM
 

growing up in Clemson, the word was that Dan Marino had Clemson down as one of his top schools because he wanted to play baseball and football.


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 9:24 PM
 

Yeah, but we would have won three with him.


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Posted: Oct 25, 2018 2:08 PM
 

He also wanted to play in the south (warm weather) and on natural grass.

So he signed with Pitt.

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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 8:18 PM
 

Moses Malone or Hershel Walker

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I remember when we were recruiting Malone, & had already

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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 8:45 PM
 

signed Colon Abraham, a friend said, "Abraham and Moses will lead us to the promised land!"

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Rob Gronkowski - picked Ariz over Clemson

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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 8:31 PM
 

He has to be mentioned here

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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 8:38 PM
 

We got Gronked.

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He would have never become Gronk @ Clemson


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 9:02 PM
 

Because Tommy Bowden refused to throw to TE's.

Under Swinney & Scelliot he would flourish

For relaxing times, make it Suntory time


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:13 PM
 

Coach Howard recommended him to Duffy Dougherty because of segregation. He was a n All-Pro for several years. I think he was from Anderson


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 8:49 PM
 

Tony rice


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 8:55 PM
 

Pistol Pete!!!


Moses Malone...Really...

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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 9:21 PM
 

He barely passed kindergarten .

For me Herschel Walker. We almost got him...Coach Howard told me so himself.

He said Clemson was in the running but Alabama found out that Herschel loved cold milk and that his refrigerator didn't work to well so the Bama boys got his mom a new refrigerator so Herschel could get all the cold milk he wanted .

The Georgia boys found out about the refrigerator and bought his mom a new house to put it in.

Coach Howard could spin a yarn .


Re: Moses Malone...Really...


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 9:30 PM
 

I heard we bought him a Trans Am. I believecUGA paid him throughout his time there. My father in law claims he knew the bag man and was solicited on multiple occasions to deliver the money to Walker. He was solicited because he was neither an alumnus nor a booster.


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:21 PM
 

I'm with you on Pistol Pete Maravich


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 9:21 PM
 

Wasn’t Joe Theismann interested in Clemson?


Worst mistake Tommy Bowden ever made


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 9:28 PM
 

was not letting Armanti Edwards play quarterback at Clemson.


Ummm...No


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:23 PM
 

Great high school player and a good athlete...nothing more.


Brandon Bennett, Stephen Davis were upstate players


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 9:39 PM
 

Have heard before that Davis probably wouldn't
have qualified academically. The biggest surprise
to me was Tony Rice. Danny Ford wanted him bad.
After he committed to ND back then, I read in a
Greenville News article that Rice said Danny actually
over recruited him. Said he was there in Woodruff
a lot waiting on him when he got out of class or
practice and he got tired of it. Rare that you hear
of a player thinking he was over recruited by a school.

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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 9:44 PM
 

Ok maybe not the best athlete but I thought of Tony Rice. Went to Notre Dame and won the Natty. Would have done the same if he had come to Clemson.


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:00 PM
 

I was told that Tony Rice was denied admission because of academics. I think he was a top student at ND. Not sure of this.

Do you remember the Rice kid from Sumter who ended up at Tampa! He’s the best high school player I ever saw. Absolutely was unstoppable in the Shrine Bowl. I think it was Sumter. Remember him?

Amazing all three of those greats had the same last name!


Freddie Solomon***


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:02 PM
 



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Freddie Solomon - SAT scores eliminated him.***


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:55 PM
 



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Re: Freddie Solomon - SAT scores eliminated him.***


Posted: Oct 25, 2018 5:10 PM
 

That’s true of several others, including Csonka. According to coach Howard.


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Posted: Oct 25, 2018 5:09 PM
 

You are right. It was Solomon. I think he may have played a short while in the nfl. Maybe as a receiver.


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:02 PM
 

Larry Csonka


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:05 PM
 

Zion Williamson


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:28 PM
 

Duke apparently was the top bidder.


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:26 PM
 

Dalvin Crook came to mind. I know he had a off the field issue, but we would have been fun to watch in the valley!


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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:52 PM
 

Pistol Pete Maravich


Michael Jordan and Jim Thorpe


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:56 PM
 

just say'n. Ha!

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The Greatest College RB of all time


Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:58 PM
 

Herschel Walker. Maybe the greatest college player of all time.


Has to be Herschel in terms of the athlete he was.

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Posted: Oct 24, 2018 11:47 PM
 

He's doing things at fifty something that 99.9% of people can't do in their twenties. He's incredibly gifted, and extremely motivated and disciplined too.

Honorable mention goes to Pete Maravich, not for his athleticism, but because he would've set many Clemson basketball records and maybe even encouraged our administration at the time to care about basketball.

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Posted: Oct 25, 2018 10:12 AM
 

Well seeing how he likes to throw footballs to Clemson players I'd say we won with this miss....


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Posted: Oct 25, 2018 11:58 AM
 

Jeff Francoeur(sp?)-Braves, Dan Marino, Tommie Frazier and Stephen Davis were good ones. Solomon could not get into ny ACC school because of academics.
Best player that was only with us for a short time, before dying in a car accident when home on a weekend in Sumter as the season started. Marvin Montgomery, only a freshman was an outstanding athlete (wide receiver) and would have did great things for us back in late 80s/early 90s.


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Posted: Oct 25, 2018 12:03 PM
 



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Posted: Oct 25, 2018 12:24 PM
 

Nah!!!! It was Larry Csonka!


Tiger Woods? Chose Stanford over Clemson


Posted: Oct 25, 2018 12:34 PM
 

Amirite?

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Posted: Oct 25, 2018 3:41 PM
 

Agree re Moses Malone or Hershel Walker

I spoke to Hershel and he said he loved Clemson but Georgia paid him

Jim Rice was never coming to Clemson. He had major league all over him and he proved it to be right

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Thanks for the comebacks


Posted: Oct 25, 2018 5:19 PM
 

That was a good thread and all the nominees were well thought out .... except for Bentley!

Rice was offered a scholarship but wisely chose the baseball route. I vaguely remember him being introduced at a football game years ago. Anyone have knowledge of that? I’m a Rice fan and have been a Red Sox fans since the early 50s so I’m feeling good baseball wise today.


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Posted: Oct 25, 2018 5:36 PM
 

Can't believe no one said Parnell Burnside. The greatest that never was


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