The ACC has announced the Dr. Pepper Football Championship Game Legends Class of 2010 Tuesday, recognizing one former gridiron star from each member of the conference.
The class of 2010 includes two players with ties to the palmetto state, with QB Steve Fuller representing the Clemson Tigers; and Columbia, SC native Peter Boulware representing the Seminoles of Florida State.
Steve Fuller was a dual-threat star quarterback for Clemson from 1975-78. He is one of only five two-time ACC players of the year, winning the award in 1977 and 1978. Fuller led the Tigers to an 11-1 record in 1977, which included an ACC title and #6 ranking nationally to finish the season. He was not only a great athlete, but is also the only Clemson player to ever be selected to the Academic All-America team and football All-America team in the same season(1978).
In 1978 Fuller was also awarded the NCAA Top Five award for excelling in the classroom and on the field. Fuller is a charter member of the Clemson Ring of Honor, and lettered each of his four years of college. He went on to be selected #23 overall in the 1979 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, playing eight NFL seasons with Kansas City, Chicago, and with the L.A. Rams. While playing in Chicago he joined fellow Clemson Tiger great William “Refrigerator” Perry to win the 1985 Super Bowl. Steve Fuller was selected to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Football Team in 2003.
He is originally from Enid, Oklahoma, but currently resides in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Peter Boulware was born and raised in Columbia, SC, but became a star at Florida State. He is recognized as one of the most feared defensive end’s in ACC history, leading the nation in sacks with 19 in 1996. He was a consensus first-team All-American, first-team all ACC, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and National Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. Boulware helped lead the Seminoles to a 31-4-1 record during his three year career at FSU, with the Seminoles never finishing worse than 4th nationally during his tenure. He finished his illustrious career with 34 sacks, which still ranks as the second most in FSU history. The Baltimore Ravens selected Boulware 4th overall during the 1997 NFL Draft, and he went on to play nine seasons before retiring after the 2005 season. During his NFL career, Boulware was selected to the NFL Pro-Bowl four times, was voted the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the year in 1997, and helped lead the Ravens to win the 2001 Super Bowl. Peter Boulware still holds the Ravens franchise record with 70 career sacks, and currently resides in Tallahasee, Florida.
Other members of the 2010 class include:
- Tony Thurman, Boston College
- Jay Wilkinson, Duke
- Randy Rhino, Georgia Tech
- Darryl Hill, Maryland
- Cortez Kennedy, Miami
- Ethan Horton, North Carolina
- Ted Brown, NC State
- Barry Word, Virginia
- Cornell Brown, Virginia Tech
- Larry Hopkins, Wake Forest
The members of this elite club will be honored during the ACC Championship game weekend in Charlotte this season during the Night of Legends event on Friday, and again during halftime of the Championship game at Bank of America Stadium Saturday, December 4. The game is scheduled for a 7:45 pm kickoff on ESPN.