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Football's Davis Named to 2014 ACC Legends Class

Sept. 18, 2014

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former Georgia Tech All-American offensive lineman John Davis is one of 14 standouts named to the 2014 ACC Football Legends Class, the conference announced Thursday.

The Legends Class will be honored during this year’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game weekend. They will be honored at the ACC Night of Legends sponsored by the Belk Bowl on Friday, Dec. 5, and on Saturday Dec. 6, during ceremonies at Bank of America Stadium for the 10th Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship, which will be nationally televised with either a 7:45 pm (ESPN) or 8 p.m. (ABC) kickoff. Tickets for the Night of Legends are priced at $125 each and are available for purchase here.

Davis, a four-year starter on the offensive line for the Bill Curry-coached teams from 1983-86, is one of the best offensive lineman in Tech history. Davis started at offensive tackle as a true freshman in 1983, started at center in 1984, earned first-team All-America honors by The Sporting News in 1985 at tackle, and completed his collegiate career earning first-team All-America honors (Scripps-Howard) back at center in 1986.

He earned the nickname “The Refrigerator Mover” for his play in 1984 against Clemson consensus All-American William “The Refrigerator” Perry when he was named Sports Illustrated’s National Player of the Week following Tech’s 28-21 upset of the 13th-ranked Tigers, snapping a 20-game Clemson ACC win streak. Drafted in the 11th round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, he played two years with Houston and six seasons with the Buffalo Bills at guard, playing in three Super Bowls (XXV, XXVII, XXVIII), missing one (XXVI) with an injury. A native of Ellijay, Ga., he is currently serving as National Scouting Coordinator for CSA Prepstar 360 and currently resides with his family in Marietta, Ga.

The group of 14 former gridiron standouts from current ACC schools includes a former ACC Football Player of the Year, an ACC Defensive Player of the Year, 12 former All-Americans (10 first-team and six consensus All-America honorees), and 12 players who combined for 118 years in the National Football League. Twelve of the Legends were drafted into the NFL, including nine first- or-second-round draft choices.

In all, the collection of players combined for three national championships, eight ACC championships, 11 Super Bowl appearances, eight Super Bowl championships and 26 Pro Bowl appearances. Three of the Legends were named to their respective NFL All-Decade teams.

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 Chris Snee, G  Boston College  2001-03  Montrose, Pa.  Finger Lakes, N.J.
 Donnell Woolford, CB  Clemson  1985-88  Fayetteville, N.C.  Charlotte, N.C.
 Chris Castor, WR  Duke  1979-82  Cary, N.C.  (same)
 Derrick Brooks, LB  Florida State  1991-94  Pensacola, Fla.  Tampa, Fla.
 John Davis, C-OT  Georgia Tech  1983-86  Ellijay, Ga.  Marietta, Ga.
 Frank Minnifield, CB  Louisville  1979-82  Lexington, Ky.  (same)
 Darrin Smith, LB  Miami  1989-92  Miami, Fla.  Pembroke Pines, Fla.
 Greg Ellis, DE  North Carolina  1994-97  Wendell, N.C.  Dallas, Texas
 Jesse Campbell, S  NC State  1988-90  Vanceboro, N.C.  New Bern, N.C.
 Hugh Green, DE  Pittsburgh  1977-80  Natchez, Miss.  Fayette, Miss.
 Art Monk, WR  Syracuse  1976-79  White Plains, N.Y.  Great Falls, Va.
 George Welsh, HC  Virginia  1982-2000  Coaldale, Pa.  Charlottesville, Va.
 Jake Grove, C  Virginia Tech  2000-03  Forest, Va.  (same)
 Alan White, RB  Wake Forest  1959-61  Elm City, N.C.  Burlington, N.C.



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