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Levon Kirkland


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Levon Kirkland Lettered In 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991

Lorenzo Levon Kirkland came to Clemson from Lamar, South Carolina in 1987. Kirkland was a 1991 All-American while at Clemson in addition to earning All-ACC Status in 1990 & 1991.

Kirkland was instrumental in sacking West Virginia QB Major Harris during the 1990 Gator Bowl, creating one of the iconic moments from that game. Kirkland was named the game’s MVP and the sensational Mountaineer QB was sacked 4 times and kept to only 237-yards of total offense. Clemson won the game 27-7, but the score did not reflect how dominate the Tigers were in this game.


It was also the final time Danny Ford coached Clemson, as his termination from Clemson would take place only 3 weeks later.

Kirkland was a second-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1992 NFL Draft, and he went on to play 11 years in the NFL including nine seasons with the Steelers, and one each for the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles.

In 1996, Kirkland was named to Clemson University's All-Centennial team and was inducted into the University's Hall of Fame in 2001.


After retiring from the NFL, he returned to Clemson and earned his sociology degree in 2004 and worked for Clemson coordinating minority recruitment in admissions for the university. Kirkland was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Kirkland also educates student-athletes across the country on the college recruiting process as an Educational Speaker for the National Collegiate Scouting Association.

Kirkland worked as a linebacker coach at Woodmont High School in South Carolina until November 2011 when he was named the head coach for Shannon Forest Christian School in Greenville, South Carolina.

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