The Detroit Lions organization honored Robert Porcher’s community contributions by naming their Annual Man of the Year award after him. Self nomination will not be accepted. Washington was coming off a Super Bowl championship the season before, and the game was on national television at RFK Stadium. Plenty good enough to land in the S.C. Football Hall of Fame. Abundant sunshine. The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame has inducted ex-Detroit Lions defensive end Robert Porcher and former Michigan State running back Todd T. J. Duckett. ... Kevin Glover and Robert Porcher … He'll be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 28. Before the season began, Jeffries and defensive line coach George Wheeler sat down with their pupil and implored him to work harder. It was during a practice that season in 1995 that Porcher noticed Barry Sanders all by himself on a parallel field running gassers, the least favorite conditioning drill for any football player. Between 1996-2001, Porcher recorded 68 sacks, the second-highest total in the NFL during that span. Next week, Porcher will be inducted into the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame along with former South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, former Citadel and Furman head coach Art Baker, former USC and NFL standout Willie Scott and former Clemson and NFL star Charlie Waters. The Hall of Fame has announced its 25 semifinalists for the Class of 2021. Provided/Detroit Lions, Detroit Lions defensive end Robert Porcher (91) will be inducted into the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame. The … The first thought that went through Porcher’s head was not that he’d made his first NFL sack, but the reaction from his friends back in Wando watching the game on TV. Each season, he’d fly Jeffries and his wife up to Detroit for at least one game. He wanted more. Porcher has few regrets about his NFL career. “Those were the only games on TV. Going into his senior season at S.C. State, Jeffries knew that Porcher had more to give. Nominations shall be reviewed by the Hall of Fame committee no later than April 1st of each year. Eight of those new members come via this year's induction class, with the other 20 members belonging to last year's centennial class. Robert Porcher: Pos: DE-DT, Career: 187 G, 1 TD, 3xProBowl, Lions 1992-2003, born SC 1969 In addition to being the only NFL first-round draftee at SC State, where he earned a criminal justice degree in 1992, Porcher was inducted into the Hall of Fame at his alma mater in 1998, had his jersey (#94) retired in 2001 and was named to the Bulldog Centennial Football Team in 2007. His family moved to the city of Wando in Berkeley County during his junior year, and he transferred to Cainhoy High School, which barely had 200 students in the late 1980s. Winds light and variable. Porcher (1992-2003) had … By his fourth season in the NFL, Robert Porcher was already an established starter for the Detroit Lions. You have permission to edit this article. Robert Porcher and Isiah "Butch" Robertson are among six members of the Black College Football Hall of Fame's class of 2017. “I think everyone on the coaching staff knew he could play in the NFL.”. ... Robert Brazile (Player - 2014) ... Robert Porcher (Player - 2017) Coach Spurrier is one of the all-time great coaches, a coach I really idolized, so to be in the same class as coach Spurrier is truly an honor.”. Jeffries coached Porcher with the Bulldogs. Robert Porcher, Class: Induction: 2017 Sport(s): Football - Porcher was a standout defensive end for the South Carolina State Bulldogs, after transferring from The Wando, South Carolina native is a graduate of Huger Cainhoy High School. “I was a starter, my job was pretty secure, but I wasn’t really pleased with my development,” Porcher said. Spurrier retired as the winningest coach in both Florida and USC history. “When you live in Charleston, you are either a Washington, Atlanta or Dallas fan,” Porcher said. Before joining The Post and Courier in 1989, he graduated from South Carolina with a degree in journalism. The Berkeley Herbal Center in Pleasant Hill will be offering a class this summer on energetic hygiene to help people achieve more clarity in their lives. In addition to being the only NFL first-round draftee at SC State, where he earned a criminal justice degree in 1992, Porcher was inducted into the Hall of Fame at his alma mater in 1998, had his jersey (#94) retired in 2001 and was named to the Bulldog Centennial Football Team in 2007. When the call came from the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Robert Porcher was already on the phone. Robert Porcher's individual accomplishments are only one chapter in the story of his career. The next day, while the offense was working on their portion of the game plan and Porcher had a break, instead of taking a knee, and searching for water, he started to run his own. His play on the field earned him Pro-Bowl and All-Pro honors in 1997, 1999, and 2001. By 1995, Sanders was a perennial all-pro running back on his way to a Hall of Fame career. “He hasn’t changed, and that’s a great quality to have.”. Andrew Miller is a reporter, covering growth and development in Berkeley County. “The reason I didn’t get more scholarship offers was because I only played varsity football that one year,” Porcher said. That was back when you recorded games on VHS tapes. Over the next six seasons, Porcher was among the most feared pass rushers in the NFL, recording 68 sacks, including five seasons with double-digit sacks. “I mean, the top scouts were coming, and by the end of the season, Robert had turned himself into a first-round pick,” Jeffries said. He was far from satisfied with just making an NFL roster or being just another defensive lineman for the Lions. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will induct 28 new members this summer in Canton, Ohio. At 6-3 and 275-pounds, Porcher’s quickness and athleticism made him a prototype defensive rush specialist. “A lot of the players today would probably transfer if you talked to them like that, but Robert wasn’t like that at all,” Jeffries said. This was before the Carolina Panthers came along. ... Robert Porcher. “That drove me the first few years of my career. He was speaking with his son, Robert IV, a … The former Cainhoy High School star wanted Detroit fans to remember his name long after his career came to an end. ", "Maybe Barry was the best running back because of the extra work he was putting in," he recalls thinking. Willie Scott Greenville, S.C.: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) announces the Class of 2020 and information on the annual enshrinement ceremony. Charleston, SC 29403, News tips/online questions: newstips@postandcourier.com, Delivery/subscription questions: subserve@postandcourier.com. Not bad for a guy who had just two college scholarships offers coming out of Cainhoy High School. He was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, and in 2017, he was selected to the Black College Football Hall of Fame. “We told him he was going about 80 percent of what he could be doing. “Anytime that I’m recognized for my contributions as a football player, it’s always an honor,” said Porcher, who lives in Charlotte and runs a trucking and logistics company. High 66F. The ceremonies will take place from Aug. 5-9, with the Cowboys and Steelers also scheduled to play in the annual Hall of Fame Game. Porcher never forget where he came from. When I got over that hump, I wanted to be one of the team leaders, then I wanted to finish my career as the all-time sack leader for the Lions.”. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.. Clear skies. “All I could think about was everybody back at Lucky’s going crazy, high-fiving each other because Pat Summerall and John Madden had just said my name. the 2019 hall of fame dinner will take place on friday, october 11- social hour at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00. the dinner takes place at american legion hall at 215 waverly oaks road, waltham. He went to Wando High School for 2½ years, but played just one season of junior varsity football for the Warriors. "I thought I was doing enough, but I realized I wasn’t.”. He spent the next 13 seasons in Detroit. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will induct 28 new members this summer in Canton, Ohio. Reach Andrew Miller at 843-937-5599. He was good enough to catch the eye of coaches at Tennessee State and S.C. State. The Detroit Lions organization honored Robert Porcher’s community contributions by naming their Annual Man of the Year award after him. Athletic Hall of Fame nominations may be made by UMass Boston Alumni, students, faculty, staff, trustees and members of the general public. Since retiring, Porcher has become actively involved in community and business interests throughout Michigan and his home state of South Carolina. A member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, McCabe’s award-winning career at the Free Press began in 1970. Porcher was a three-time Pro Bowl selection (1997, 1999 and 2001) and finished his NFL career with 95½ sacks, which still stands as a franchise record. Nomination forms will be used for all qualified nominees. “We laid down the law with Robert,” Jeffries said. Former Detroit Lions defensive end Robert Porcher still holds two franchise records for sacks. “Robert was a good player, but I felt like he wasn’t realizing his full potential,” Jeffries said. Robertson was a linebacker who went on to become a first-round draft pick and NFL defensive rookie of the year in 1971. The Black College Football Hall of Fame was founded in 2009 to honor the greatest players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Porcher admits that lining up across from the 6-7, 300-pound All Pro offensive lineman Joe Jacoby was a bit nerve wracking. He started out at Tennessee State in 1988-1989 and then transferred to play for legendary South Carolina State Head Coach Willie Jeffries (SCFHOF13) in 1990-1991. Former South Carolina State standout and NFL All-Pro defensive end Robert Porcher has been selected for induction into South Carolina Football Hall of Fame in the class of 2020. The ceremony, which had been scheduled for July 23, has been moved to 2021 due to the coronavirus. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. Eight of those new members come via this year's induction class, with … I’ll pop that tape in and listen to John Madden say, ‘I like this rookie, he’s fast.’”. “He was huge, and I knew, if he got his hands on me, there was no way I was getting to the quarterback. Porcher spent his senior season terrorizing opposing quarterbacks and offensive linemen. It’s more than football….It’s Making A … About Us Read More » Robert Porcher (Wando, SC/South Carolina State ... SC State legendary head coach and South Carolina Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Inductee Willie Jeffries will … “I went from gassers to eventually running 100-yard sprints,” Porcher said. His play as a Bulldog earned the 6’3” 275-pound defensive end a first-round draft (26th overall) pick in the 1992 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. apmiller@postandcourier.com, Gamecocks' Jay Urich transfers Black Lives Matter fame into nonprofit, Sapakoff: The best political college football fix is April Madness, Carolina Panthers' new Rock Hill facility could make 'Two states, One team' a reality, Washington's NFL team drops 'Redskins' name after 87 years. “My cousin owns this joint called Lucky’s, and every Sunday they watch the NFL games on TV,” Porcher said. Porcher was a first-round NFL draft pick in 1992 and three-time All-Pro. He was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, and in 2017, he was selected to the Black College Football Hall of … The Detroit Lions organization honored Robert Porcher’s community contributions by naming their Annual Man of the Year award after him. tickets are $40 - make checks payable to whs athletic hall of fame and mail to whs athletic hall of fame, 617 lexington street, waltham, ma 02452. Follow him on Twitter @APMILLER_PandC. I would have liked to have gotten to 100 sacks. “When you’re playing, you don’t realize what kind of impact you are having, so I’m truly blessed to be recognized and to go in with such a great class. Post and Courier “You just don’t realize how big he is until you get on the field against him,” Porcher said. He spent his entire 13-year career in Detroit accumulating a franchise history record 95.5 career sacks. Robert Porcher – The first round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in … Not many players in the NFL have 100 career sacks, but I think my career turned out OK.”. I knew I had to be faster than him.”. “As soon as I committed myself, my career took off.”. Late in the second quarter, Porcher finally was able to get around Jacoby and sack Washington quarterback Mark Rypien. He was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, and in 2017, he was selected to the Black College Football Hall of Fame. DeArdo says defensive end Robert Porcher (95.5 career sacks) also received consideration to be the Lions’ representative. Home - Inductees - Inductees 2020 - Robert Porcher. 935 S. Main St. Suite 203 Greenville, SC 29657. Paul Sancya/AP. Porcher didn’t get mad. Cainhoy HS grad Robert Porcher basks in SC Football Hall of Fame glow, By David Cloninger Robert Porcher was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. 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