Former Terp will join 11 others being honored on ACC Championship weekend
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Former Maryland wide receiver Darryl Hill, who played for the Terrapins from 1963-64, was one of 12 players to be selected as a Class of 2010 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Legend, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Tuesday.
Hill led the Terps in receptions, receiving yards and kickoff return yards in 1963 and was the first African American to play football both at Maryland and in the ACC.
The Legends will be honored at this year's Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game weekend. They will be honored at the ACC Night of Legends event on Friday, Dec. 3 and during ceremonies at Bank of America Stadium for the 6th Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship.
The group of 12 former gridiron standouts from current ACC schools includes five former players who earned some kind of ACC Player of the Year honors, three members of the ACC's prestigious 50th Anniversary Football Team, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, eight former All-Americas including four consensus All-Americas, eight players who combined for 58 years of professional football experience and eight who were drafted into the National Football League, including five first-round picks.
In all, the collection of players and coaches combined to capture a national championship, one NFL World Championship, a Canadian Football League Grey Cup and seven ACC team titles.
Joining Hill is the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time career rushing leader in NC State's Ted Brown (Apple Valley, Minn.), Georgia Tech's only three-time first-team All-America in Randy Rhino (Marietta, Ga.), and one of only five players in ACC history to have been named ACC Player of the Year twice in Clemson's Steve Fuller (Enid, Okla.),
Also announced as 2010 ACC Legends this year are Boston College's Tony Thurman (Lynn, Mass.), one of the leading pass interceptors in college football history; and a trio of some of the best defensive linemen to ever play college football in Florida State defensive end Peter Boulware (Tallahassee, Fla.), the 1996 ACC Defensive Player of the Year; Miami defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy (Orlando, Fla.), an eight-time NFL Pro Bowl performer; and Virginia Tech defensive end Cornell Brown (Blacksburg, Va.), who was named National Defensive Player of the Year in 1995 by The Football News.
Completing this year's Legends Class is a quartet of running backs any coach would love to have on their team in Duke's Jay Wilkinson (Houston, Tex.), the 1963 ACC Player of the Year; North Carolina's Ethan Horton (Charlotte, N.C.), chosen by the Associated Press as the ACC's 1984 Player of the Year; Virginia's Barry Word (Haymarket, Va.), the 1985 ACC Player of the Year; and Wake Forest's Larry Hopkins (Winston-Salem, N.C.), who led the Deacons to the 1970 ACC Football Championship and then led the ACC in rushing in 1971.
Following his collegiate career, Hill had a short stint in pro football with the New York Jets before earning a master's degree in Economics at Southern Illinois, later became an entrepreneur and returned to Maryland in 2000 as a fundraiser. A native of Washington, D.C., Hill now resides in nearby Laurel, Md.