CLEMSON, S.C. – Former Tiger All-American Donnell Woolford will be Clemson’s legend representative at the 10th-annual Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C. on December 6. Woolford will be honored along with 13 other former greats from ACC schools over the course of the championship weekend in the Queen City.
Woolford, who played from the Tigers from 1985-88, was a two-time All-American who earned second-team honors in 1987 and consensus All-America honors in 1988. He helped lead Clemson, coached by Danny Ford, to a 28-6-2 record in his final three seasons, including national top-10 rankings in 1987 (No. 10, UPI) and 1988 (No. 8, UPI; No. 9 AP).
A two-time First-Team All-ACC selection, he helped Clemson to ACC Championships in each of his final three varsity seasons, recording 10 interceptions in his career. An excellent punt returner, he led the ACC and finished third nationally with two touchdown returns and a 15.5-yard average in 1987.
The No. 11 overall selection in the first round of the 1989 draft by the Chicago Bears, Woolford played 10 seasons in the NFL, the first eight with the Bears (1989-96) followed by one each with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1997) and Carolina Panthers (1998).
The native of Fayetteville, N.C. earned a selection to the Pro Bowl in 1993 and was named an All-Pro in 1994. He finished his career with 36 interceptions, the most at the time in Bear history. Originally a native of Fayetteville, N.C., he now resides in Charlotte.
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