Three NFL Hall of Famers played at least a season at South Carolina State. Marion Motley was one of four players to break the color barrier when he signed with the Browns in 1946. Harry Carson, a South Carolina native, earned nine Pro Bowl nominations at linebacker for the Giants, and Deacon Jones was a late-round selection before becoming one of the best pass rushers in NFL history, coining the term "sack."
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From a little piece of flint and rock-solid play -- undefeated in 1948, a national title in 1981 -- springs the tradition of Death Valley. Frank Howard won 165 games as Clemson's coach from 1940-1969, and Danny Ford led the 1981 undefeated Tigers. Rival South Carolina has tried to add some fight to the series in recent years under Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier. Gamecocks running back George Rogers won the Heisman in 1980.
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It might be small, but 51 current NFL players call South Carolina home, including Troy Brown, Richard Seymour and Stephen Davis. Hall of Fame lineman and current Raiders coach Art Shell was born in Charleston. Spring 2006 DI signees: 34. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 190.
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South Carolina prep fan Justin Fabiano: Staggering differences such as a ranking of 49th in public education and 12th in high school football are numbers you can only expect to find in a state like South Carolina. If you looked at USA Today's Super 25 this past season, you might have been shocked to notice that South Carolina had three ranked schools at one time, tied for most in the country with Ohio. Read more from Justin