Former Aggie named to Clemson HOF

10/01/09 (Thu)

Editor’s Note: Rob Bodine is a native of Velva and played football for the Aggies his senior year of high school. He was inducted into the Clemson Tigers Hall of Fame last month, joining such alumni as Super Bowl winning players William “Refrigerator” Perry, Chicago, and Jim Stuckey, San Francisco. Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, is part of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The following article is from the university.

An all-state linebacker and fullback in high school from Velva, Rob Bodine came to Clemson with no intentions of playing football. He had come to Clemson to study livestock because his lifelong dream was to own a ranch. Little did he know that not only would he play football, he would also go down into the Tiger record book.
During the fall of 1988, Bodine decided to try out for the team. Even though the walk-on’s stature was small at 6’1” and 245 pounds, he quickly grew into one of the best nose guards Clemson has ever seen. It was not about size or strength with him, though, because he knew the mental aspect of the game and played that part better than anyone on the field.
Bodine became only the second Tiger in history to earn All-America honors after starting his career as a walk-on. He was named first-team All-American by Football Writers Association in 1991 and earned second-team honors by Associated Press and Sporting News.
During a time when there was no shortage of talent on Clemson’s defense, Bodine found himself as a starter for 35 straight games between 1989-91, helping to lead the Tigers to a top-20 ranking in each of those seasons.