After the news came out this week about the newest inductees to the Clemson Hall of Fame it was decided that the #TBT piece should be an honor to one of the greatest to ever don the Paw for Clemson’s Football program. It was announced on Monday that the Clemson Athletic Department plans to induct eight new members into it’s Hall of Fame this fall.
One of the eight is none other than C.J. Spiller. They are planning to honor them the weekend of October 16-17, which is the weekend that the Tigers take on NC State at Memorial Stadium.
Spiller was one of two that were in just their first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame.
Some of his achievements include finishing sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2009, being a unanimous first team All American as a senior, being named ACC Player of the Year in 2009, and being named first-team All American as a kick returner and second team as a running back according to Walter Camp Foundation.
He was also the first player in history to be named at two different positions in same year by Walter Camp.
Spiller set an all time NCAA record for career returns for touchdowns with eight (7 kickoff and one punt), in 2009. He was the first player in ACC history with 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving during the same season, and had 21 touchdowns of at least 50 yards or more in his career (12 more than any other Clemson player). Spiller was also a first team Academic All ACC and first team on the field in 2008.
He is the ACC’s career leader in all purpose yardage with 7,588, and that is still 1,700 yards more than any other ACC player in history.
Spiller was also an All American in track for 2008-09 academic year. He was part of 4x100M relay team that finished third in the nation outdoors.
He ran a 10.30 in the 100 meters that year (that was good enough to be the 13th best time in the nation that year).
Spiller was an All American in indoors during winter of 2008 when he had a time of 6.58 in the 60 and finished as eighth best that year at the NCAAs.
He was the ninth pick of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by Buffalo and played eight years in the NFL. Spiller earned his degree from Clemson in December of 2009.
He has continuously been outspoken about his love of Clemson for years and continues to keep in touch with the program.
As the ninth pick in the 2010 draft, he was the highest drafted Clemson player since Banks McFadden (1940) and Gaines Adams (2007), both of which went fourth overall.
On August 6, 2010 he signed a five year $25 million deal ($20.8M guaranteed), and played with the Bills from 2010 through 2014 before playing for the New Orleans Saints in 2015, the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets in 2016, and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017.
Today’s #TBT video is one that paid tribute to him back in 2010: