Kinard Will Join Ring of Honor

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Kinard had a Clemson record 17 interceptions during his career.

Clemson, SC--Former Clemson All-America free safety Terry Kinard
will be inducted into the Clemson Ring of Honor during ceremonies at
the Clemson vs. Florida State game on November 3, 2001. The induction
will be held in conjunction with ceremonies honoring the 20th
anniversary of Clemson's 1981 National Championship team.

It will be the second major honor for Kinard in 2001. He will be
honored for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame at
the September 22nd Virginia game at Death Valley.

Kinard will be the sixth player and seventh person to be
inducted into the Ring of Honor at Clemson Memorial Stadium. The
others players already enshrined are Banks McFadden, Steve Fuller,
Jeff Davis, Fred Cone and Jerry Butler. Frank Howard is also in the
Clemson Ring of Honor.

Kinard will have his jersey retired and a likeness of his
helmet and uniform number (43) will be displayed in the Ring of
Honor at Memorial Stadium. "This is a great honor, one I am very
excited about. This is the highest award given by Clemson, so it
means a great deal. This is going to be an exciting Fall."

Kinard, who played for the Tigers from 1978-82 and was named
National Defensive Player of the Year by CBS Sports as a senior, will
be just the second Clemson player in history to be honored by the
College Football Hall of Fame, the first since Banks McFadden in

A native of Sumter, SC, Kinard was a first-team Associated
Press All-American in 1981 and 1982, the only two-time first-team AP
All-American in school history. He was in fact a unanimous
selection in 1982, the only unanimous first-team All-American in
Clemson history.

Kinard recorded 17 interceptions during his Clemson
career, still the high mark in school history and second in ACC
history. He ranked in the top 15 in the nation in interceptions in
1981 and 1982 and was a major reason Clemson had a combined record
of 21-1-1 over those two years. Clemson's defense ranked in the top
10 in the nation in scoring defense each year. He was Clemson's
second leading tackler on the 1981 National Championship team and led
the 1982 squad that finished eighth in the final Associated Press

At the conclusion of his Clemson career, Kinard was chosen in
the first round of the NFL draft by the New York Giants, the 10th
overall pick of the draft. He played seven years for the Giants,
including the team's 1986 Super Bowl Championship season. Kinard was
named to the NFL All-Rookie team in 1983 and the Pro Bowl in 1988.

Since his retirement from the game, Kinard was named to
Sports Illustrated's All-1980s team that was released in conjunction
with the magazine's All-20th Century team of college football. In
2000 he was named Clemson's top player of the 20th Century by He was also chosen to the USA Today All-Decade team for
the 1980s. In 1996 he was named to Clemson's Centennial Team and
received more votes than any other defensive player.

Ring of Honor

The Ring of Honor is the highest honor at Clemson football player can receive. A recipient must first be a member of the Clemson Hall of Fame, earn at least an undergraduate degree, and make a significant contribution to the heritage of Clemson athletics. Honorees will have their jersey retired.


Purpose: The charge of the Ring of Honor committee is to bestow the highest athletic award presented by the Clemson Athletic Department on deserving candidates. The committee will examine the careers of candidates in all Clemson sports.

Nominations: Nominations are made by any member of IPTAY, a member of the faculty or a relative of a worthy nominee, and are accepted up to 30 days prior to the committee meeting. The committee will meet once every two years in the month of April to vote on the nominations.

Nominations will be made in the form of a letter with a complete list of accomplishments and submitted to the chair of the committee, currently Clemson sports information Director Tim Bourret, who will retain an active file of nominations. Letters of support may also be submitted. All nominations will remain on file for a period of three voting committee meetings (five years). The Chair of the Committee will screen all nominations to make sure they meet eligibility requirements.

Eligibility: This committee will recognize individuals who have demonstrated consistent and unique national excellence in their sport during their Clemson career. Their accomplishments must be significant on an individual and team basis. Their statistical accomplishments must Fran be noteworthy, but they should also have an outstanding record in terms of leadership. In general, they must have made a noteworthy contribution to the history of the Clemson Athletic Program.

Athletic accomplishments after their Clemson career are not a primary consideration in the nomination, but they must retain an unblemished record of citizenship after they leave Clemson.

A candidate must be a member of the Clemson Hall of Fame and must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year University or college.

Financial contributions to Clemson University will not be a consideration when evaluating the candidates. For a coach to be nominated he or she must be retired from coaching that sport at the college level.

Selection Process: Each member of the 11 person selection committee will cast one vote per sport. An honoree must obtain at least seven votes to be selected. There will be just one ballot. The committee does not have to select any honorees at its meeting. There shall be no more than one honoree in a sport for every two years.

Conferring: In the sport of football, the honoree will have his name, number, years participated and helmet enshrined in the Ring of Honor at Clemson Memorial Stadium. In the sport of basketball, the honoree's jersey will be hung from the rafters of Littlejohn Coliseum. In the sport of baseball a jersey replica will be hung from the fence of Tiger Field. Other sports will establish appropriate sites at the home facility.

When a student-athlete is selected the person's jersey is honored, but the jersey number may be worn in the future. However, it is encouraged that the number be issued only on special occasions. These occasions are determined by the head coach and athletic director. The ceremony honoring the recipient will be determined from a meeting between the honoree the athletic director, the committee chair and the head coach of the sport involved.

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