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Jerry Claiborne
National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame (1999)
Jerry Claiborne, 1999

Former Maryland football coach Jerry Claiborne was selected to join 12 legendary college football players and two other coaches among the 1999 class of inductees into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame.

Claiborne coached 28 seasons overall between stints at Virginia Tech (1961-70), Maryland (1972-81) and Kentucky (1982-89), and compiled a 179-122-8 record in the process.

At Maryland, Claiborne was named The Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 1974 after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference and finishing the season ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press. He was the District III Coach of the Year in 1973, 1975 and 1976.

In all, Claiborne was the coach of the year in three different conferences --- Southern (1963), ACC (1973, `75, `76) and Southeastern (1983) --- while leading his teams to 11 bowl games. Throughout his coaching career, he was a strong advocate of the right combination of academics and athletics. In his years as head coach, he had four players named Academic All-America and 87 players earn academic all-conference honors. On the field, he coached 13 All-Americans and 53 who earned all-conference status.

Stan Jones
Pro Football Hall of Fame (1991)
National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame (2000)
Stan Jones, 1991, 2000

Stan Jones was the starting right tackle on the Terp defense that allowed only 31 points during 10 regular season games in 1953. With Jones leading the way, Maryland recorded six shutouts and allowed only one team, Georgia, to score more than six points.
It all added up to a 10-0 regular-season for the Terps, who captured the national championship despite an upset loss to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

Jones earned consensus All-America honors in 1953 and was chosen "Outstanding College Lineman of 1953" by the College Football Coaching Board. A fifth-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears, Jones went on to have a lengthy pro career. He spent a majority of his career with the Bears (1954-65) before finishing at Washington (1966).

"I was very prepared for the NFL when I left Maryland," Jones said. "From my coaches who taught me football to my professors who taught me anatomy, physiology and weight training, I received a great education. I couldn't have picked a better place to go."

Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991 and selected for the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Dick Modzelewski
National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame (1993)
Dick Modzelewski, 1993

Through three All-America years at Maryland and 14 All-Pro years in the National Football League, Dick Modzelewski was always "Little Mo." At 6-0, 235 pounds during his playing days at Maryland, he was one of the bigger collegiate linemen during the early 1950s. He was the second Mo at Maryland, following his older brother Ed, "Big Mo."

Dick Modzelewski played three years at defensive tackle for the Terps on the great teams which were 24-4-1. He became Maryland's first winner of a major national honor when he received the Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman in 1952. Through his career at Maryland, the Terps fashioned a 22-game unbeaten streak.

At the end of his senior season, Modzelewski was named to every All-America team. He was a second-round draft choice of the Washington Redskins. He spent 14 seasons in the NFL, with the Redskins, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns. Modzelewski was an All-Pro and played on NFL championship teams with both the Giants (1956) and the Browns (1964).

Dick Modzelewski was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1993.

Bob Pellegrini
National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame (1996)
Bob Pellegrini, 1996

Bob Pellegrini was recruited to Maryland as a quarterback, but made his name as one of college football's best linemen. In his first season, Pellegrini was a 6-2, 215-pound sophomore guard for the 1953 national champion Terrapins. He played guard again in 1954 in an era when players went both ways, before switching to center for his senior year to fill a Terrapin void.

As a senior, Pellegrini led Maryland to its second 10-0 regular season and ACC championship in three years as the Terps defeated defending national champion UCLA. He was selected ACC Player of the Year, named consensus All-American and pictured as Herman Hickman's cover boy for Lineman of the Year in 1955.

Pellegrini led the Terps to a 27-4-1 record over his career, with rankings in the top 10 each season. He was the first pick in the National Football League draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Pellegrini became one of the building blocks of an Eagle turnaround that took the team to the top of the football world. A losing team when he joined, the Eagles defeated Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers for the World Championship four years later with Bob Pellegrini at linebacker.

Pellegrini was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in December 1996.

Jack Scarbath
National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame (1983)
Jack Scarbath, 1983

Jack Scarbath is an integral part of Maryland football history. In his first start, the All-America quarterback scored the first touchdown in the new Byrd Stadium, a 21-yard run in the first game of the 1950 season.

Scarbath was the quarterback for head coach Jim Tatum's new split T offense for three seasons (1950-52). Scarbath led the Terps to a 24-4-1 record, including a perfect 10-0 season and a 28-13 upset of national champion Tennessee in the 1951 Sugar Bowl. Scarbath called the signals during Maryland's 22-game unbeaten streak over the course of the 1950, `51 and `52 seasons.

During his stellar career, Scarbath rewrote the Terrapin record book, completing 125 of 260 passes for 2,287 yards, an average of 18.3 yards per completion. In 1951, AP and UPI voters named him honorable mention All-American. In 1952, he was honored with first team All-America citations from AP, UPI, International News Service, Colliers, and Look. He finished runner-up to Oklahoma's Billy Vessels in the 1952 Heisman Trophy balloting.

A first-round draft choice of the Washington Redskins, Scarbath went on to play with the Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1983.

Jim Tatum
National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame (1984)
Jim Tatum, 1984

In a brief time as a college football head coach -- one season at North Carolina (1942, 5-2-2), one at Oklahoma (1946, 8-3, Gator Bowl victory over North Carolina State) and nine years at Maryland (1947-55, 73-15-4, 2-2-1 in bowl games) -- Jim Tatum had become a coaching legend.

Tatum's Maryland teams from 1950-55 were 51-8-2, with a perfect 10-0 record and Sugar Bowl victory in 1951. The squad posted 10-0 regular-season records in 1953 and 1955 before both teams were upset by Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Tatum's 1953 team was declared national champion, and Tatum was named national Coach of the Year.

During his career at Maryland, Tatum led the Terps to 19 consecutive wins and an unbeaten streak of 22 games (21-0-1) during the 1950, `51 and `52 campaigns. In the 1952 Sugar Bowl, the Terrapins defeated top-ranked Tennessee 23-13.

Tatum left Maryland following the 1955 season to return to his alma mater, North Carolina. He coached the Tar Heels for three more seasons.

He was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1984.

Bob Ward
National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame (1980)
Bob Ward, 1980

Bob Ward weighed all of 165 pounds throughout his four-year playing career at Maryland and, even in the early 1950s, that was no size for a lineman. Especially a lineman who was a first team All-America middle guard on defense as a junior in 1950 and a first team offensive guard as a senior in 1951.

The forte of the Maryland teams of the early 1950s was consistency--a winning consistency. During Ward's four years, the team was a combined 32-7-1, winning two bowl games (1949 Gator over Missouri, 1951 Sugar over Tennessee to complete a perfect 10-0 season).

The awards and honors Ward earned as a Maryland player belie physical stature, but speak volumes about the man. He was the MVP of the 1949 Gator Bowl, Maryland's first bowl victory. He was the only player ever to earn All-America honors as both an offensive and defensive position player. He earned Southern Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior and was chosen Lineman of the Year by the Washington Touchdown Club and the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association in 1951.

Bob Ward was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1980.

Randy White
Pro Football Hall of Fame (1994)
National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame (1994)
Randy White, 1994

Randy White changed the look of football's defensive lines. At Maryland, and later in an All-Pro National Football League career with the Dallas Cowboys, he was regarded as the quickest defensive lineman to play the game. He could be in an opponent's backfield before a quarterback could make a hand-off.

In 1974, White cleaned up the college football awards plate. He was honored with the Outland and Lombardi trophies as the top collegiate lineman, was ACC Player of the Year, was an unanimous first-team All-America choice, named the Delaware (his home state) Athlete of the Year and named the Amateur Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association.

A first round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys, White was an All-Pro performer throughout his career and shared Super Bowl MVP honors with Dallas teammate Harvey Martin when the Cowboys defeated Denver in Super Bowl XII.

White's jersey number, 94, has been retired at Maryland. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994.