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October 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

David Treadwell


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Today’s photo is of David Treadwell, kicker for Clemson from 1985-1987. In the above photo, Treadwell approaches the game winning kick against Georgia in 1986.

David Treadwell lettered for Clemson from 1985-1987 as a field goal kicker. Treadwell holds a special place in the hearts of all Clemson football fans for his last second field goals that beat Georgia in consecutive seasons, 1986 and 1987. Both field goals came in the last 10 seconds of the game to beat the Bulldogs: 31-28 in 1986 and 21-20 in 1987.

Six times in Treadwell's career he made field goals inside the last three minutes of games that won or tied games for the Tigers.

Click here to hear Jim Phillips call of Treadwell’s kick vs. UGA in 1986.

Treadwell's kicks were significant reasons Clemson won the ACC Championships of 1986 and 1987. He was also the starting kicker in 1985 and in his first game as a starter, booted a field goal as time ran out to beat Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Treadwell came to Clemson as a walk-on.

He spent the 1984 season learning from All-American Donald Igwebuike. Today, Igwebuike ranks first and Treadwell second in Clemson history in career field goal percentage. Igwebuike made 74 percent of his field goals, and Treadwell connected on 71 percent. During the 1989 NFL season they were both ranked among the most accurate field goal kickers in the NFL.

Treadwell once made 63 consecutive extra points, third longest streak in Clemson history. That senior season was certainly memorable and gratifying for Treadwell because he was named a first-team consensus All-American, the only consensus All-America kicker in Clemson history. He was also a first-team Academic All-ACC selection that year.

Following his Clemson career, he played in the NFL for six seasons. He had his best year in his first season when he was chosen to the Pro Bowl and made the NFL All-Rookie team as a member of the Denver Broncos. He played in Denver between 1989-92 and retired after two seasons with the New York Giants (1993-94). Five years into his career he was the third most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history. Treadwell was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

Recently, David Treadwell has joined Effective Presentations as a partner and keynote speaker. In addition, David Treadwell is currently serving as President of the Denver Broncos Alumni Association. 

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