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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 12th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

25th Anniversary Football Reunion In 1981


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is not only historic, but a little bit unique and maybe even a little spooky! The above photo was taken on October 10th, 1981 in the pregame of the Clemson/Virginia football game on a wet day in Death Valley.

This is a photo of the 1956 football team that was celebrating its 25th Anniversary of their Orange Bowl Berth. The 1956 team went 7-1-2 during the season and was invited to play Colorado in the 1956 Orange Bowl, capping a great season for Frank Howard’s boys.

This photo was taken during the Homecoming weekend in 1981, when the buzz for Clemson’s National Title run was just beginning to make noise. At that point in the 1981 season, we were 4-0 with a big win against Georgia and had just entered the National polls. Nobody, even in their wildest dreams, thought that just 2 1/2 months later, the 1981 team would be returning to the Orange Bowl to play for the National Championship.

All of the talk of the Orange Bowl on this day was about the 1956 team…but that talk would soon change to Clemson as the Tigers rolled to an 11-0 regular season. Celebrating an Orange Bowl month...just a few months before Danny Ford would lead Clemson back to the Orange Bowl and the biggest moment in Clemson football history.


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