GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference released its Class of 2012 Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Legends on Monday, and former Hurricanes’ defensive end Ted Hendricks was among those receiving recognition as one of the conference’s all-time greats.
Hendricks, known as the “Mad Stork” for his tall (6-7), angular build and his dominating defensive play, started three seasons at defensive end for the Miami Hurricanes under coach Charlie Tate. A three-time All-America for the Hurricanes, he earned consensus, first-team All-America honors in 1967 and 1968, and led Miami to a 20-11-1 record. He ended his collegiate career as Miami’s all-time leading tackler with 318 hits in 1968. That year, he was named UPI National Lineman of the Year and finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
He went on to a spectacular 15-year NFL career as an outside linebacker playing in 215 consecutive games with the Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Oakland and L.A Raiders. During his time in the NFL, he helped lead his teams to four Super Bowl championships, was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, four times selected as an All-Pro and five times named second-team All-Pro. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1987 and was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. He was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time team and to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1970’s.
He was inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 1980, to its Ring of Honor in 1997 and had his jersey number—number 89—retired, also in 1997. His philanthropic foundation—The Ted Hendricks Foundation--with goals aimed at providing assistance to local and national charities through awards, grants and scholarship programs aimed at recreational, health and educational programs for both youth and seniors, also sponsors the Ted Hendricks Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top defensive end, but which also considers in the selection process academic and community excellence. Originally a native of Guatemala, he grew up in Miami Springs, Fla., and now lives in suburban Chicago, Ill.
The Legends will be honored at this year’s Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship Game weekend. They will be recognized at the ACC Night of Legends sponsored by the Belk Bowl on Friday, Nov. 30, and on Dec. 1, during ceremonies at Bank of America Stadium for the 8th Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship, which will be nationally televised with either a 7:45 pm (ESPN) or 8 p.m. (ABC) kickoff.
2012 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game Legends
|Bob Hyland||Boston College||1964-66|
|Sam Cowart||Florida State||1993-97|
|Ken Swilling||Georgia Tech||1988-91|
|Dre' Bly||North Carolina||1996-98|
|Torry Holt||NC State||1995-98|
|Pierson Prioleau||Virginia Tech||1995-98|
|Ed Stetz||Wake Forest||1969-71|
All-Time Miami Hurricanes ACC Legends
|Name||Position||Year of Induction|
|Ted Hendricks||Defensive End||2012|
|Cortez Kennedy||Defensive Tackle||2010|
|Russell Maryland||Defensive Tackle||2008|