S.C. Football HOF announces Class of 2021 finalists

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Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 5:58 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, SC - In the fall of 2021, 76 nominees were chosen that have played collegiate football for an in-state institution or grew up in South Carolina and played out of state with excellence during their full career.  The vote was determined by sports media, the SCFHOF Board of Advisors and Directors, supporting members and fans of the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF).  The SCFHOF is proud to announce the final ballot consisting of 26 modern-era and four Legacy finalists eligible for a five-person class to be enshrined at the 9th Annual Enshrinement & Benefit scheduled for March 31, 2022 at the Hilton Greenville.

The 26 modern day finalists have ties to in-state programs including the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, The Citadel, South Carolina State, Furman, Newberry, and Wofford. Nine of those finalists grew up in the state and played their college ball at an out-of-state program. The four Legacy finalists represent Clemson University, Western Carolina, South Carolina State University, and the University of South Carolina.

The final round of voting presented by Wyatt Law, P.A, trusted legal services is open exclusively to supporting members, media, and past SCFHOF honorees now through February 7, 2022. If you are not a supporting member of the SCFHOF and would like to support the organization, you can go here. Monthly, annual, and other supporting options are available for purchase.  The Class of 2021 will be finalized by the SCFHOF Board of Directors and announced later in February.


The SCFHOF is a 501(c)(3) “For Impact” organization whose mission is to honor South Carolina football legends and help lead South Carolina students to the Top 10 in the country for college and career readiness by December 31, 2030.  The SCFHOF is on a mission, celebrating excellence and educating, empowering, and encouraging themselves and others to live in purpose to bring out the best for our South Carolina Community. The SCFHOF believe that with your support SC students can be Top 10 nationally in college and career readiness by December 31, 2030. (Ranked 43rd nationally in 2019 by U.S. News).

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Class of 2021 Modern Era Finalists (Alphabetical Order):

1.     Terry Allen (Commerce GA, Clemson ‘86-’89, Minnesota Vikings ‘91-’94 (9th Rnd Draft Pick), Washington Redskins ‘95-’98, New England Patriots ‘99, New Orleans Saints ‘00, Baltimore Ravens ‘01, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘15)

2.     Mike Ayers: (Georgetown KY, Georgetown (KY) ‘66-’’69, Assist Coach: Georgetown, Newberry, Wofford, Richmond HC: ETSU ‘85-’87, Wofford ‘88-’17, 218-160-2 overall HC record, 5x SoCon Champion, 8-8 FCS Playoff record)

3.     Jeff Bostic (Greensboro NC, Clemson ‘76-’79, Washington Redskins ‘80-’93. 3x Super Bowl Champion, All Pro ‘83, Pro Bowl ‘83, Washington Redskins Ring of Fame, made 70 Greatest Redskins list, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘95)

4.     Joe Bostic (Greensboro NC, Clemson ‘75-’78, St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals ‘79-’88 (3rd Rnd Draft Pick), 2x Clemson All-American, Older brother of Jeff Bostic, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘10)

5.     Peter Boulware (Columbia, SC; Florida State ‘93-’96, Baltimore Ravens ‘97-’05 (1st Rnd Draft Pick), Pro Bowl ‘98, ‘99, ‘02, ‘03, All-Pro ‘99, NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award ‘97, Super Bowl XXXV Champion, AFC Sacks Leader ‘01)

6.     Troy Brown (Barnwell SC, Marshall ‘89-’92, New England Patriots ‘93-’07 (8th Rnd Draft Pick), 3x Super Bowl Champion, Pro Bowl ‘01, New England Patriots Hall of Fame/50th Anniversary Team, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘16)

7.     Dexter Coakley (Mt. Pleasant SC, Appalachian St. ‘93-’96, Dallas Cowboys ‘97-’04 (3rd Rnd Draft Pick), St. Louis Rams ‘05-’06, SoCon Freshman of the Year, 3x SoCon DPOY ‘94-’96, 2x Buck Buchanan Award ‘95, ‘96, ‘97 NFL All-Rookie team, 3x Pro Bowl ‘99, ‘01, ‘03, College Football Hall of Fame ‘11, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘19)

8.     Ben Coates (Greenwood SC, Livingstone College ‘88-’91, New England Patriots ‘91-’99 (5th Rnd Draft Pick), Baltimore Ravens ‘00, 5x Pro Bowl ‘94-’98, 3x All-Pro 1st Team ‘94, ‘95, 2nd Team ‘98, Super Bowl Champion (XXXV), NFL 1990′s All-Decade Team, New England Patriots Hall of Fame ‘08, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘15)

9.     Woody Dantzler (Orangeburg SC, Clemson ‘97-’01, Dallas Cowboys ‘02, ‘05, Atlanta Falcons ‘02, First QB in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in same season, held 53 Clemson football records)

10.  Brad Edwards (Lumberton NC, South Carolina ‘84-’87, Minnesota Vikings ‘88-’89 (2nd Rnd Draft Pick), Washington Redskins ‘90-’93, Atlanta Falcons ‘94-’96, Super Bowl XXVI Champion, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘11, Athletic Director (AD): Newberry College, Jacksonville University Current: AD for George Mason University)

11.  James “Jumpy” Geathers (Georgetown SC, Wichita St ‘80-’83, New Orleans Saints ‘84-’89 (2nd Rnd Draft Pick), Washington Redskins ‘90-’92, Atlanta Falcons ‘93-95, Denver Broncos ‘96-’97, Super Bowl XXVI Champion)

12.  John Gilliam (Greenwood SC, SC State ‘63-66, New Orleans Saints ‘67-’68 (2nd Rnd Draft Pick), St. Louis Cardinals ‘69-’71, Minnesota Vikings ‘72-’74, ‘75, Atlanta Falcons ‘76, Chicago Bears ‘77, New Orleans Saints ‘77, 4 x Pro Bowl selection ‘72-’75, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘92)

13.  Dwayne Harper (Orangeburg SCSC State ‘84-’87, Seattle Seahawks ‘88-’93 (11th Rnd Draft Pick), San Diego Chargers ‘94-’98, Detroit Lions ‘99, 24 career INTs, and 10 forced fumbles)

14.  Stanford Jennings (Summerville SCFurman ‘80-’83, Cincinnati Bengals ‘84-’90 (3rd Rnd Draft Pick), New Orleans Saints ‘91, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ‘92, 1981 SoCon Player of the Year, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘06)

15.  Terry Kinard (Bitburg West Germany, Sumter HS, Clemson ‘79-’82, New York Giants ‘83-’89 (1st Rnd Draft Pick), Houston Oilers ‘90, Consensus All-American ‘81, ‘82, College Football Hall of Fame ‘01, National Champion ‘81, Pro Bowl ‘88, Super Bowl Champion (XXI), Clemson all-time leader in interceptions (19), Clemson Ring of Honor ‘01, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘02)

16.  Marcus Lattimore (Duncan SC, South Carolina ‘10-’12, San Francisco 49ers ‘13-’14, USA Today  HS All-American, NCAA Freshman of the Year ‘10, Sporting News All-Freshman Team, 1st Team All-SEC ‘10, 2nd Team All-American, 2nd Team All-SEC ‘11)

17.  George Martin (Greenville SC, Oregon ‘71-’74, New York Giants ‘75-’88 (11th Rnd Draft Pick), Super Bowl XXI Champion, scored 7 touchdowns (one lined up as a tight end) as a defensive lineman which is second to Jason Taylor in NFL history)

18.  Stump Mitchell (Kingsland GA, The Citadel ‘77-’80, St. Louis Cardinals ‘81-’87 (9th Rnd Draft Pick), Phoenix Cardinals ‘88-’89, Kansas City Chiefs ‘90 (player)/Head Coach: Morgan State ‘96-’98, Southern ‘10-’12/Assistant: San Antonio Riders ‘92, Morgan State ‘95, Seattle Seahawks ‘99-’07, Washington Redskins ‘08-’09, Arizona Cardinals RB coach ‘13- 17, New York Jets RB Coach 2017-2018, Cleveland Browns ‘19 (current), South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘99)

19.  Sidney Rice (Gaffney SC, South Carolina ‘05-’06, Minnesota Vikings (2nd Rnd Draft Pick) ‘07-’10, Seattle Seahawks ‘11-’13, Pro Bowl ‘09, All-Pro ‘09, Super Bowl XLVIII champion, NFL record for most touchdown receptions in a playoff game (3), U of SC Athletic Hall of Fame ‘16, U of SC career TD reception record holder (23-tied))

20.  Tony Rice (Greenwood SC, Notre Dame ‘86-’89, Saskatchewan Roughriders ‘90 (CFL), Barcelona Dragons ‘91-’92 (World League), Munich Thunder ‘94 (FLE), 1988 National Champion, ‘89 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, ‘89 4th in Heisman, ‘89 All-American)

21.  Brian Ruff (Mountainside NJ, Citadel ‘69-’72, Baltimore Colts ‘72 (11th Rnd Draft Pick), 3x All-SoCon ‘74, ‘75,’76, 2x SoCon Player of the Year ‘75, ‘76, SC Player of the Year ‘75, ‘76, 1st Team AP All-American ‘72, Citadel retired his #51 jersey, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘06, All-time leading tackler in SoCon history (755))

22.  Rick Sanford (Rock Hill SC, South Carolina ‘76-’79, New England Patriots ‘79-’84 (1st Rnd Draft Pick), Seattle Seahawks ‘85, NCAA All-American ‘78, 1st UofSC player to be selected in 1st round of the NFL Draft, All-Pro ‘83, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘98)

23.  Connor Shaw (Flowery Branch GA, South Carolina ‘10-13, Cleveland Browns ‘14-’15 (undrafted), Chicago Bears ‘16, 2014 Capital One Bowl MVP, went 17-0 as a starter at home, and 27-5 overall, was starting quarterback of 3 straight 11-win seasons. Current: USC Director of Football Relations)

24.  Clyde Simmons Jr. (Lane SC, Western Carolina ‘82-’85, Philadelphia Eagles ‘86-’93 (9th Rnd Draft Pick), Arizona Cardinals ‘94-’95, Jacksonville ‘96-’97, Cincinnati Bengals ‘98, Chicago Bears ‘99-’00, 100 sack Club, 2x Pro Bowl/All-Pro ‘91, ‘92, Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team, (coaching)LA Rams Asst. Def. Line Coach ‘12-current)

25.  CJ Spiller (Lake Burton FL, Clemson ‘06-’09, Buffalo Bills ‘10-’14 (1st Rnd Draft Pick), NO Saints ‘15-’16, Seahawks, Jets, Chiefs-’16-’17, All-American, CFB Hall ‘20, Pro Bowl ‘12 /Current: Clemson RB Coach)

26.  Roddy White (James Island SC, UAB ‘01-’04, Atlanta Falcons (1st Rnd Draft Pick) ‘05-’15, 4x Pro Bowl, 1x First-Team All Pro, 2010 NFL Receptions Leader, Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor)

Legacy Finalists:

1.     Chester McGlockton (1969-2011, Whiteville NC, Clemson ‘88-’91, LA/Oakland Raiders (1st Rnd Draft Pick) ‘92-’97, Kansas City Chiefs ‘98-’00, Denver Broncos ‘01-’02, New York Jets ‘03, 4 x Pro Bowl ‘94-’97, 3 x All-Pro ‘94-’96, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘11)

2.     Joe Morrison (1937-1989, Lima OH, Cincinnati ‘55-’58, New York Giants (3rd Rnd Draft Pick) ‘59-’72, Head Coach: Chattanooga ‘73-’79, New Mexico ‘80-’82, South Carolina ‘83-’88, Walter Camp Coach of the Year ‘84, South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame ‘89)

3.     Marion Motley (1920-1999, Leesburg GA, SC State ‘39, Nevada ‘41-’43, Cleveland Browns ‘46-’53, Pittsburgh Steelers ‘55, NFL Champion ‘50, Pro Bowl ‘50, NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, 4 x AAFC Champion ‘46-’49, Pro Football Hall of Fame ‘68)

4.     David Patten (1974-2021, Hopkins SC, Western Carolina ‘92-’95, New York Giants ‘97-’99, Cleveland Browns ‘00, ‘09, New England Patriots ‘01-’04, ‘10, Washington Redskins ‘05-’06, New Orleans Saints ‘07-’08, 3x Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX))