ACC announces legends class
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Florida State's Chris Weinke, Miami’s Vinny Testaverde, and Clemson’s Danny Ford highlight this year's Class of 2009 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Legends. Also announced on Wednesday in this year's class are:
Billy Barnes, the 1956 ACC Player of the Year from Wake Forest, Jim Bakhtiar of Virginia, who earned first-team All-America honors in 1957, and Duke’s Bob Pascal, who led the ACC in total offense in 1955 and helped lead the Blue Devils to at least a share of the first three ACC championships.
Three more legends who earned All-America honors include Boston College standout defensive back Mike Mayock, who was a two-sport standout for the Eagles in football and baseball, Virginia Tech triple threat quarterback Bob Schweickert, who was named to the then-prestigious Look Magazine All-America team in 1964, and Maryland center Kevin Glover, a 1984 first-All-America and one of the centerpieces to the Terps' ACC championship teams in 1983 and 1984. Glover is currently a member of the staff and acts as a liason between the players and the NFL.
Completing this year’s impressive legends class are three more record-setting running backs of the 1970’s and early 80’s in Georgia Tech’s Eddie Lee Ivery, who set the NCAA single-game rushing standard with 356 yards against Air Force in 1978, NC State’s Willie Burden, the 1973 ACC Player of the Year, and North Carolina’s Kelvin Bryant (Tarboro, N. C.), who rushed for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons for the Tar Heels despite playing in only seven games due to injury in 1982.
The group includes three former ACC Players of the Year, seven former All-Americans, nine players who combined for 79 years of professional football experience and 10 who were drafted into the NFL, including two first-round picks and the No. 1 choice in the 1987 draft (Testaverde).
In all, the collection of players and coaches combined to capture two national championships, one NFL championship and 15 ACC team titles.