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72 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

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Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Obed Ariri


 
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Today’s photo is of Obed Ariri, who lettered at kicker from 1977-1980.

Obed Ariri was enrolled at Clemson in 1977 when Charlie Pell was in dire need for a kicker. Dr. Ibrahim offered Obed only if he would still continue to play soccer. Pell agreed, and Obed went on to nail every attempt thus securing his place as the kicker for the Tigers. Obed's scholarship was shifted to Football and Pell insisted that Obed forget about soccer.

One of Obed's longest successful career kicks for Clemson came in the clutch fourth quarter against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville on October 11, 1980 when his 52-yard boot gave the Tigers a 27-24 win. He narrowly missed a 61-yard attempt in a later game that season.

Obed was drafted in the 7th round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts but was cut from the team days before the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired Obed in 1984 only to release him during the 1985 training camp.


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