Posted by: mrpeatie | December 14, 2009

The Many Accolades of C.J. Spiller

Doing what he does best — making people miss

At the end of the 2008 season, Clemson’s C.J. Spiller made the difficult choice to turn down a potentially lucrative NFL contract and return for his senior season of football at Clemson University. It’s a risky decision to return, just ask Oklahoma’s injured quarterback Sam Bradford. Spiller’s goals were to complete his career at Clemson and lead the team to its first ACC Championship since 1991. Although he fell just short of his conference championship goal, his senior season and his entire career at Clemson can be categorized as nothing other than a huge success.

You can view a lengthy list of Spiller’s career achievements here.  One of the more impressive career stats is that he joins Reggie Bush as the only players in college football history with 3000 yards rushing, 1500 yards in kickoff returns, 1000 in receiving and 500 in punt returns.

All the on-field numbers and records are great, but it’s actually some of his off-field stats that stand out as the most impressive. Spiller will graduate in three-and-a-half years on December 17, 2009. He made first-team Academic All-ACC last year when he made the Dean’s List. He is the first Clemson running back to make first-team Academic All-ACC and first-team All-ACC on the field in same year in school history.

Congratulations to C.J. on being role model on and off the field and giving us so many highlights throughout the last few years. Although I’ll miss seeing him play in a Clemson uniform, I am certainly look forward to seeing him play on Sundays.

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