The Clemson final spot did not prove to be overly difficult. Although there was some debate over Larry Nance, with Horace Grant being suggested, it is hard to overlook Nance’s taking Clemson farther than anyone else AND having a stellar NBA career.
For the fourth spot, however, we are going with Banks McFadden. Although his name sounds like it should be in a movie… like Dodgeball… the guy was a stellar athlete a long time ago. Consider this biography:
He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959 . . . McFadden is widely considered to be the greatest athlete in Clemson University history, lettering in three sports (football, basketball and track). In 1939, McFadden was voted the Associated Press’ “Athlete of the Year”. McFadden was also a two-time All-American in basketball (1938 and 1939) and lead the Tigers basketball team to a Southern Conference championship in 1939. Upon graduating, McFadden played football for the National Football League’s Brooklyn Dodgers. McFadden fought in World War II and upon returning to the United States went into coaching.
On September 19, 1987, Clemson University retired his basketball No. 23 and football No. 66.
So, there you go, a retired jersey in TWO sports. Not many players get that type of recognition.
The Final Verdict for the Clemson Mount Rushmore: Danny Ford, Frank Howard, Larry Nance, and Banks McFadden!