Hanulak Named an ACC Legend
Aug. 13, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Former Maryland All-American Chet Hanulak is one of 12 members of the Class of 2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Legends, announced Monday by the conference.
The Legends will be honored at this year's Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game weekend. They will be honored at the ACC Night of Legends sponsored by the Belk Bowl on Friday, Nov. 30, and on Dec. 1, during ceremonies at Bank of America Stadium for the 8th Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship, which will be nationally televised with either a 7:45 pm (ESPN) or 8 p.m. (ABC) kickoff.
The group of 12 former gridiron standouts from current ACC schools includes three former ACC Football Players of the Year, six consensus first-team All-Americas, seven first-team All-Americas, and 10 players who combined for 84 years in the National Football League. Eleven of the Legends were drafted into the NFL, including eight first- or second-round draft choices.
A total of six of the 12 honorees were members of the ACC's 50th Anniversary team which selected the league's Top 50 players of its first 50 years in 2003.
Hanulak, one of the most explosive runners of his era, set an ACC single-season record for highest per-carry rushing average in the league's first season in 1953 that still stands today. Hanulak averaged 9.78 yards per carry (minimum of 65.0 yards per game) that year in leading Maryland to a 10-1 record and the Terps first National Championship (both AP and UPI) in football.
Nicknamed "Chet the Jet" for his outstanding speed, Hanulak led the ACC in rushing in 1953 with 753 yards in his only season in the league. He still holds the Terrapin record for career yards per carry (8.13) and ranks 20th on the Terps career rushing list with 1,544 yards. A three-time letterman for Maryland (1951-52-53), he earned second-team All-America (International News Service) and first-team All-ACC honors in 1953.
The 24th overall selection in the second round of the 1954 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, he played two seasons in the NFL with Cleveland in 1954 and 1957. A two sport (baseball) standout for the Terps, he was inducted into the Maryland Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. A native of Hackensack, N.J., he currently resides in Salisbury, Md.
Also honored were: Boston College guard Bob Hyland (1964-66), Clemson tight end Bennie Cunningham (1973-75), Duke guard Mike McGee (1957-59), Florida State linebacker Sam Cowart (1993-97), Georgia Tech safety Ken Swilling (1988-91), Miami defensive end Ted Hendricks (1966-68), North Carolina cornerback Dre' Bly (1996-98), NC State wide receiver Torry Holt (1995-98), Virginia running back Frank Quayle (1966-68), Virginia Tech defensive back Pierson Prioleau (1995-98) and Wake Forest linebacker Ed Stetz (1969-71).
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