List of alumni of Clemson University
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Clemson University has tens of thousands of alumni; this article lists some of the better-known ones.
Arts, entertainment, and media
- Harry Ashmore, journalist, received Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1958
- Lee Brice, country music singer
- Aaron Buerge, "The Bachelor", Season 2
- James Dickey, a renowned writer and poet with American South influences. (Attended for one year, but did not graduate from Clemson.)
- Jonathan Hickman, comic book writer/artist
- Rob Huebel, actor/comedian, Human Giant
- Fiona Hutchison, One Life to Live actress
- Connie LeGrand, former co-host of Speed Channel's Speed News (now The Speed Report)
- Chris Luca, Winner of Amazing Race 2
- Rich Merritt, Author of the bestselling 2005 memoir Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star and 2008 novel Code of Conduct.
- Nancy O'Dell, former Miss South Carolina and host of Entertainment Tonight
- Jane Robelot, news anchor
- Ben Robertson, 1923, World War II correspondent, author
- Mark Tremonti Lead guitarist for "Creed" and "Alter Bridge" and his own band "Tremonti" where he is the lead singer and plays lead. Named "Guitarist of the Year" three consecutive years (Guitar World), multiple Grammy Awards, Greatest solo of all time (Alter Bridge, Blackbird (Total Guitar), named 4th Greatest Heavy Metal guitarist of all time (Guitarist). (Did not graduate, attended Clemson his freshman year)
- James Michael Tyler, Gunther on Friends
- Shawn Weatherly, Miss Universe, 1980–81
- Margo Wood Ladner, Miss South Carolina, USA, 1982-83
Business and industry
- Robert H. Brooks, founder and chairman of Naturally Fresh Dressings, Sauces and Dips and president of Atlanta-based Hooters of America, Inc, The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts is named for his son Mark, who died in the same plane crash as NASCAR driver Alan Kulwicki.
- Charlene Corley, former defense contractor who was convicted in 2007 on two counts of conspiracy
- C. D. Davies, CEO of LendingTree, LLC
- Richard C. Davis, founder of Trademark Properties, appeared in the first season of A&E's Flip This House
- Walter Gregg, Owner/founder of Gregg Animal Hospital in South Carolina. Recently named South Carolina Veterinarian of the Year 2011.
- Gary Parsons, Chairman of the Board and former President and CEO of XM Satellite Radio
- Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans and former President of Columbus Crew of the MLS
- Miles E. Gentry, Regional Manager of Cox Enterprises, Sales Manager of Manheim,
- George H. Ross, executive vice president and senior counsel of the Trump Organization. He is perhaps best known as one of Donald Trump's two advisors on the NBC reality television program The Apprentice
- Paul Steelman, architect known for designing casinos and entertainment venues, including the Sands Macao
Government and politics
- David Beasley, South Carolina governor (1995–1999)
- Alfred W. Bethea (Class of 1938), former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, the 1970 American Independent Party nominee for governor of South Carolina
- James F. Byrnes, former U. S. Secretary of State (1945-1947), former U. S. Senator (1931-1941), former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1941-1942)
- Jeff Duncan, US House of Representatives, SC 3rd Congressional District
- Ekwee Ethuro, Assistant Minister and Member of Parliament for Turkana Central-KENYA, 1998 to date
- Harvey Gantt, former mayor of Charlotte, NC and first African-American graduate of Clemson University
- Nikki Haley, former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and Governor of South Carolina
- Mark Hammond, South Carolina Secretary of State
- Kristie A. Kenney, United States Ambassador to the Royal Kingdom of Thailand, 2010 to date.
- Earle Morris, Jr., former Lt. Governor, Comptroller General of South Carolina
- Bob Peeler, South Carolina lieutenant governor (1995–2003)
- Harvey S. Peeler, Jr., Republican member of the South Carolina Senate since 1980.
- Strom Thurmond, former Governor of South Carolina, former U.S. Senator
- David Wilkins, former Speaker of South Carolina House, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, current Chairman of the Clemson University Board of Trusteesadd
- Rudolf Anderson Jr., a major in the United States Air Force, who was the only combat casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis when his U-2 spy plane was shot down.
- Aquilla J. Dyess, United States Marine Corps, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in action in World War II, only American to receive both the Carnegie Medal for civilian heroism and the Medal of Honor
- John W. Raymond, United States Air Force Brigadier General
- Jeff Baker, Texas Rangers utility player
- Kris Benson, former MLB pitcher, 1996 Dick Howser Trophy Winner
- Ty Cline, former MLB outfielder and first baseman with several teams
- Tyler Colvin, San Francisco Giants outfielder
- Khalil Greene, former MLB infielder with the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals, 2002 Golden Spikes Winner
- Steven Jackson, Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher
- Jimmy Key, former MLB pitcher with Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Baltimore Orioles, 4-time All-Star, 2-time World Series Champion
- Brian Kowitz, former MLB outfielder with the Atlanta Braves
- Matthew LeCroy, former MLB infielder
- Danny Sheaffer, former MLB catcher/third baseman
- Bill Spiers, former MLB infielder with the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, and Houston Astros
- Tim Teufel, former MLB second baseman, 1986 World Series Champion, current third base coach with the New York Mets
- Billy McMillon, former MLB Outfielder with the Florida Marlins (1996-1997), Philadelphia Phillies (1997), Detroit Tigers (2000-2001) and Oakland Athletics (2001, 2003-2004). Current Manager of the Salem Red Sox of the Class A Carolina League, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Named as a Member of Clemson Hall of Fame, Fall 2012.
- Trevor Booker, current NBA forward for the Washington Wizards, drafted 23rd overall in the 2010 NBA Draft
- Greg Buckner, former NBA guard
- Elden Campbell, former NBA forward/center, drafted 27th overall in the 1990 NBA Draft
- Dale Davis, former NBA forward/center, All-Star (2000), drafted 13th overall in the 1991 NBA Draft
- Horace Grant, former NBA forward, All-Star (1994), four-time NBA Champion, ACC Player of the Year (1987), drafted 10th overall in the 1987 NBA Draft
- Randolph Mahaffey former NBA guard, All-Star (1968)
- Larry Nance, former NBA forward, 3-time NBA All-Star (1985, 1989, 1993), first winner of NBA "slam dunk" competition (1984), NBA All-Defense First Team (1989), drafted 20th overall in the 1981 NBA Draft
- Wayne "Tree" Rollins, former NBA player and executive, NBA All-Defense First Team (1984), drafted 14th overall in the 1977 NBA Draft
- Itoro Umoh-Coleman, former WNBA player
- Chris Whitney, former NBA guard
- Sharone Wright, former NBA forward/center, drafter 6th overall in the 1994 NBA Draft
- Gaines Adams, former NFL defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears, drafted 4th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft
- Keith Adams, former NFL linebacker, 2-time NCAA first-team All-American (1999-2000)
- Terry Allen, former NFL running back, #20 All-time leading rusher in NFL history
- Obed Ariri, former NFL placekicker, NCAA first-team All-American (1980)
- Thomas Austin, current NFL center for the Carolina Panthers
- Charlie Bauman, Clemson nose guard who made a key interception in the 1978 Gator Bowl that led to the firing of Woody Hayes
- Jeff Bostic, former Washington Redskins center, only player in Clemson history to be a 3-time Super Bowl Champion
- Brentson Buckner, former NFL defensive tackle
- Jerry Butler, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver, currently Director of Player Development for the Cleveland Browns
- Dwight Clark, former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, 2-time Pro Bowler, 2-time All-Pro, 2-time Super Bowl Champion
- Darrel Crutchfield, former NFL conerback Philadelphia Eagles
- Airese Currie, former Chicago Bears wide receiver
- Woodrow Dantzler, former NFL running back for the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons
- James Davis, current NFL running back
- Jeff Davis, former NFL Linebacker, NCAA first-team All-American (1981)
- Brian Dawkins, former NFL defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Denver Broncos, 9-time Pro Bowler, 6-time All-Pro
- Mike Dukes, former AFL linebaker, 1-time All-Star (1960), 2-time AFL Champion (1960-61)
- Antuan Edwards, former NFL cornerback/safety
- Terrence Flagler, former NFL running back, first team All-American (1986)
- Kenny Flowers, former NFL running back
- Jacoby Ford, current NFL wide receiver with the Oakland Raiders
- Steve Fuller, former NFL quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, and Chicago Bears
- Rod Gardner, former NFL wide receiver
- Chris Gardocki, former NFL punter, 1-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro (1996)
- Dale Hatcher, former NFL punter, 1-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro (1985)
- Larry Hefner, former Green Bay Packers linebacker
- Leroy Hill, current Seattle Seahawks linebacker
- Tye Hill, former NFL cornerback, NCAA first-team All-American (2005)
- DeAndre Hopkins, current Houston Texans wide receiver, drafted 27th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft
- Bill Hudson, former AFL defensive tackle, 1-time All-Star (1961)
- Donald Igwebuike, former NFL placekicker
- Steven Jackson, current Carolina Panthers fullback
- Bobby Johnson, former Vanderbilt University head football coach
- Terry Kinard, former NFL defensive back, Pro Bowler (1988), 2-time NCAA first-team All-American
- Levon Kirkland, former NFL linebacker, 2-time Pro Bowler (1996–97), 1991 NCAA first-team All-American
- John Leake, former NFL linebacker
- Kevin Mack, former Cleveland Browns running back, 2-time Pro Bowler (1985, 87)
- Ray Mathews, former NFL wide receiver, 2-time Pro Bowler
- Ed McDaniel, former NFL linebacker, Pro Bowler (1998), 1991 NCAA first-team All-American
- Banks McFadden, first same season two sport All-American in 1939 (Football, Basketball), 1939 Nations Most Versatile Athlete, drafted 4th overall in the 1940 NFL Draft by the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1940 NFL yards per carry leader, Clemson Ring-of-Honor, Voted Clemson's All-Time Greatest Athlete.
- Chester McGlockton, former NFL defensive lineman, 4-time Pro Bowler (1994–97)
- Phillip Merling, NFL defensive end
- Justin Miller, former NFL cornerback, 1-time Pro Bowler (2006), All-Pro (2006)
- Harold Olson, former AFL tackle, 1-time All-Star (1961), All-Pro (1962)
- Michael Dean Perry, former NFL defensive lineman, 6-time Pro Bowler (1989-91, 93-94, 96), AFC Defensive Player of the Year (1989), NCAA first-team All-American (1987)
- William "Refrigerator" Perry, former NFL defensive lineman, Super Bowl XX Champion, 3-time NCAA All-American (1982-1984)
- Trevor Pryce, former NFL defensive lineman, 2-time Super Bowl Champion, 3-time All-Pro, 4-time Pro Bowler
- Johnny Rembert, former NFL linebacker, 2-time Pro Bowler (1989-90)
- Anthony Simmons, American football player
- Wayne Simmons, former NFL Linebacker, Super Bowl XXXI Champion
- Jim Speros, played linebacker at Clemson. Super Bowl winning coach. Youngest assistant coach in NFL history.
- CJ Spiller, current Buffalo Bills runningback, NCAA first-team All-American (2009), drafted 9th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft
- Chansi Stuckey, NFL wide receiver
- Jim Stuckey, former NFL defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers, 2-time Super Bowl Champion
- David Treadwell, former NFL placekicker, NCAA first-team All-American (1987)
- Perry Tuttle, former NFL wider receiver, NCAA first-team All-American (1981)
- Charlie Waters, former Dallas Cowboys safety, 2-time All-Pro (1977-78), 3-time Pro Bowler (1976-78)
- Joel Wells, former NFL halfback
- Charlie Whitehurst, quarterback with the Tennessee Titans
- Donnell Woolford, former NFL defensive back, Pro Bowler 1993, 2-time NCAA first-team All-American (1987–88)
- Archie Reese
- Tom Biershenk, PGA Tour golfer
- Jonathan Byrd, PGA Tour golfer, five-time Tour winner
- Brent Delahoussaye, PGA Tour golfer
- John Engler, PGA Tour golfer
- Lucas Glover, PGA Tour golfer, 2009 U.S. Open champion, three-time Tour winner
- Matt Hendrix, PGA Tour golfer
- Kevin Johnson, PGA Tour golfer, six-time Nationwide Tour winner
- Ben Martin, PGA Tour golfer, U.S. Amateur runner-up in 2009
- Parker Moore, former PGA Tour golfer, U.S. Amateur runner-up in 1976
- Chris Patton, 1989 U.S. Amateur champion
- Clarence Rose, former PGA Tour golfer, winner of 1996 Sprint International\\
- Kyle Stanley, PGA Tour golfer, winner of 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open
- D. J. Trahan, PGA Tour golfer, winner of 2006 Southern Farm Bureau Classic and 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
- Charles Warren, PGA Tour golfer, winner of 1997 NCAA Championship
- Greg Eckhardt, professional soccer player
- Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers and US National Team soccer player, midfielder
- Oguchi Onyewu, A.C. Milan and US National Team soccer player, defender
- Dane Richards, N.Y. Red Bulls MLS Player
- Jay Berger, professional tennis player ranked as high as # 7 in the world
- Gigi Fernández, former women's tennis player, won 17 Grand Slam doubles titles and two Olympic Gold Medals and was ranked the World No. 1 woman doubles player
Track and field
- Carlton Chambers, 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the 4x100 metres relay
- Shawn Crawford, 2004 Olympic gold and silver medalist in track and field; 2008 Olympic silver medalist in track and field
- Kim Graham, 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the 4x400 metres relay
- Michael Green, Jamaican-born sprinter who made the men's 100 m final at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
- Sammie Henson, 1993 and 1994 NCAA wrestling champion, 2000 Olympic silver medalist and 1998 World champion in freestyle wrestling
- Noel Loban, 1980 NCAA champion and 1984 Olympic bronze medalist in wrestling
- Chris Eatough, professional Marathon Mountain Bike Racer, played soccer while attending Clemson
- Greg Erwin, Competition director for Team Penske in NASCAR Nationwide Series, former crew chief
- Dutch Jones, 2005 Collegiate All-American in Rugby (Clemson Rugby's first).
- Mitzi Kremer, 1998 Olympic bronze medalist in swimming
- Scott Lazar, first person to free-climb Venezuela's Angel Falls
- Merritt, Rich (2005). Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star. New York, NY: Kensington Books. ISBN 0-7582-0968-1; ISBN 978-0-7582-0968-9.
- Merritt, Rich (2008). Code of Conduct. New York, NY: Kensington Books. ISBN 0-7582-2274-2; ISBN 978-0-7582-2274-9.
- "David Beasley". National Governors Association. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "Alfred W. "Red" Bethea (information taken from gravestone)". findagrave.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- "Nikki Haley". National Governors Association. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- South Carolina Senate biography
- "Strom Thurmond". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "Anthony Simmons". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- "HATBORO-HORSHAM HIGH SCHOOL INDUCTS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS TO HALL OF FAME ON APRIL 29". Hatboro-Horsham School District. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
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