Michael Dean Perry
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Today’s photo is of Michael Dean Perry, who lettered for Clemson from 1984-1987 on the defensive line.
Perry was a standout on the Clemson defensive line, playing on the 1986 and 1987 ACC Championship teams. Perry led the Tigers to the 1986 Gator Bowl and the 1987 Citrus Bowl. For his play during those two seasons, Perry was named All-ACC and was a first-team All-American in 1987.
In 1986, he led the Tigers with 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks and had 24 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 1987. During the 1987 season, he was also a finalist (one of three) for the Outland Trophy and was named ACC Player-of-the-Year, a rare distinction for a defensive player.
After his senior season, he played in both the Hula and Japan Bowls. For his Clemson career, he set the Clemson record for career tackles for loss (61) and is tied for career sacks (28). Both of the records had been previously held by his brother William before he topped each record by one.
Following his Clemson career, Perry was a second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 1988 NFL Draft. Over his 10-year NFL career, Perry was named All-Pro seven times and played in six Pro Bowls. Perry was named to Clemson's Centennial team in 1996, a member of the ACC 50-year anniversary football squad, and inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 2000.
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