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Bobby Bryant, Steve Fuller and Stephen Davis part of 2019 SC Football HOF class

Bobby Bryant is a former Gamecock defensive back who played 14 years in the National Football League with the Minnesota Vikings.
Bobby Bryant is a former Gamecock defensive back who played 14 years in the National Football League with the Minnesota Vikings. The State

South Carolina and Clemson will be represented in this year’s S.C. Football Hall of Fame class.

Former Gamecock Bobby Bryant and former Tiger Steve Fuller are part of the five-member class released Wednesday. The rest of the class includes former Spartanburg and NFL running back Stephen Davis, Erskine’s Dode Phillips and Greer/Georgia’s Steve Greer.

Bryant, a Georgia native, lettered in both football and baseball at South Carolina and was named the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1966 and 1967. He still holds the record for the longest punt return in Gamecocks history (98 yards).

After college, Bryant was drafted by both the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox but decided to pursue professional football. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round in 1967 and remained with the Vikings for 14 seasons.

Fuller played at Spartanburg High before going on to a successful career at Clemson. He was named ACC Player of the Year, made the All-ACC Team, and was an Academic All-American in both 1977 and 1978. Fuller was elected into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Clemson Ring of Honor in 1994.

Fuller’s No. 4 jersey was retired by Clemson and then brought back into action by Deshaun Watson.

Fuller played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Chiefs, Rams, Bears, and Chargers. He was the backup quarterback for the Chicago Bears in 1985, when they won Super Bowl XX. He now resides in Bluffton and is the offensive coordinator for the Hilton Head High School football team.

Davis, from Spartanburg, is regarded as one of the top high school players ever to play in South Carolina. He set the state record for the 100-meter with a time of 10.40 in 1991. In 1992, he became the No. 1 high school football recruit in the nation and was named USA Today’s Offensive High School Football Player of the Year.

Following high school, Davis played at Auburn, where he was named to the All-SEC Team 1994-95 and still holds many records for the Tigers. He was selected 103rd overall in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskin and played with Washington and Carolina during his career.

Greer played at Greer High School and went on to play at Georgia. In 1969, he was named first team All-SEC, an All-American, and won the Atlanta Touchdown Club award for Most Valuable Lineman in the SEC.

Greer was an assistant coach (1979-1993), and Director of Football Operations (1994-2009) at Georgia.

Phillips attended Chester High School where he was a three-sport letterman. He played football and baseball at Erskine.

Phillips was the hammer of the Erskine football team, leading them to victory over South Carolina and scoring every point in their 13-0 victory over Clemson University in 1921. He was charter member of the SC Hall of Fame.

Lou Bezjak is the High School Sports Prep Coordinator for The State and Island Packet. He has covered high school sports in South Carolina for 16 years and is a two-time South Carolina Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.


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