Ted Brown highlights ACC’s 2010 Legends Class

NC State’s 4-time All-ACC running back, Ted Brown, will lead the 2010 ACC Football Championship Legends Class.

The group of 12 former gridiron standouts from current ACC schools includes five former players who earned some kind of ACC Player of the Year honors, three members of the ACC’s prestigious 50th Anniversary Football Team, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, eight former All-Americas including four consensus All-Americas, eight players who combined for 58 years of professional football experience and eight who were drafted into the National Football League, including five first-round picks.

The Legends Class is certainly the best of the best.

Ted Brown NC State 1975-78 Running Back High Point, NC (Apple Valley, Minn.) is the only player in ACC history to be named to the first-team All-ACC Football team for four consecutive seasons (1975-78). He ended his career in 1978 ranked 4th on the NCAA’s all-time rushing list and he still is the leading rusher in ACC history, having accumulated 4,602 yards. He scored an ACC-record 49 rushing touchdowns and holds NC State school records for most yards in a season (1,350), most touchdowns (51) and longest run from scrimmage (95 yards vs. Syracuse in 1977). Named a consensus All-America in 1978, he was a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings. The 16th player selected in the 1979 NFL Draft, Brown ran for 4,546 yards and 53 touchdowns in an eight-year career in the National Football League. He was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Football Team in 2003. Originally a native of High Point, N.C., he now lives in Apple Valley, Minn.

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26 Responses to Ted Brown highlights ACC’s 2010 Legends Class

  1. timberwolf 08/03/2010 at 4:09 PM #

    251 yards rushing against Penn State in 1977. My goodness. Just a few years before my time but Dad always went on and on about THE Ted Brown.

  2. Pack78 08/03/2010 at 5:35 PM #

    I remember Ted owning the holes in CH in ’78 in a 34-7 wipeout; loved to see him pick his way through a defense-probably the best we’ve ever had at RB.

  3. NOT A FAN OF BLUE 08/03/2010 at 9:24 PM #

    Ted Brown is – hands down – my favorite PACK back. To me, he is the original #23.

    When I played Pop Warner, I was an offensive lineman. Why, I do not know … because I was awesome (my grandmother said so). Of course, I wanted the number 23 jersey. Instead, my coach gave #23 to our (punk) RB. He made me wear #77. What a jerk. I still consider this a crime against humanity.

    In case you guys havent seen it, check out this NFL highlight of TB …

  4. whitefang 08/03/2010 at 9:50 PM #

    My favorite Wolfpack football memories pretty much center around the Ted Brown years. Of course these were also the same years I was at State, but man, he was fun to watch. Of course the game was different then, but Ted Brown was one special football player. Remember the tear away jerseys and Jim Ritcher knocking huge holes in the defense?

  5. blpack 08/04/2010 at 8:03 AM #

    That some of his records at State and the ACC are still standing are a tribute to his greatness as a player. Even as a kid I remember how great he was.

  6. StateFans 08/04/2010 at 8:11 AM #

    I agree about him being the ‘original #23’

    Take a look at the new poll on the right panel of the blog. Thoughts on the ‘next best’ running back discussion?

  7. rtpack24 08/04/2010 at 9:23 AM #

    Ted’s numbers are skewed because his freshman year he played JV the first 3 or 4 games. Buster Ray was the starting tailback and we got waxed at Mich St on national TV so the next week Holtz moved Ted to varsity starting tailback and he went out and ran through the Clemson defense like hot butter. The rest is history. We were the only ACC school other than Wake to recruit him. We were not recruiting him but Johnny Evans kept bugging Holtz that there was this 165lbs running back at his high school and nobody could tackle him.

  8. RegularExpression 08/04/2010 at 9:35 AM #

    I’m surprised Anthony Barbour isn’t in the above poll. He is 5th in career yards, 2nd in yards per carry and his 1992 season was the 3rd best single season in our history with 1204 yards. I consider that 1992 team and the 2002 team the best of the last 30 years so AB will always be one of my favorites.

  9. Trout 08/04/2010 at 9:54 AM #

    ^ Agree. AB or Tremayne Stephens would get my vote, although Joe McIntosh was very good, just played on some bad teams.

    Ted Brown is, without a doubt, the best RB in ACC history. That his career rushing record still stands is amazing. He would also have the TD record as well, but the NCAA started allowing bowl games to count in stats, so UVA’s Wally Lundy passed Ted, by one TD. Brown had 51 total TDs (49 rushing, 2 receiving), while Lundy had 52 (43 rushing, 9 receiving).

  10. GoldenChain 08/04/2010 at 10:07 AM #

    Another great one not mentioned is Billy Ray Vickers who graduated the year after Ted B and was the leading rusher on our LAST ACC champ team.

    No doubt he be one of the greats if he’d had not been in Brown’s shaddow.

    But I voted Ray Robbinson. He was the textbook utility back. Great receiver and explosive runner.

  11. StateFans 08/04/2010 at 10:35 AM #

    I voted for McIntosh and Tremayne Stephens.

    Robinson & Brown and maybe even Gary Downs may have been actually better RBs than Stephens…but, they didn’t perform on the same level for their entire career as Tremayne.

  12. StateFans 08/04/2010 at 10:37 AM #

    APOLOGIES! Something happened when we edited the poll. It is now open to allow for 2 votes.

  13. Sweet jumper 08/04/2010 at 10:38 AM #

    We had more great running backs before than after Ted Brown mainly from the Lou Holtz years–Willie Burden, Charlie Young, Rowland Hooks and Stan Fritts. I voted for Joe McIntosh as best running back since Ted Brown.

  14. Buck 08/04/2010 at 10:47 AM #

    ^Agree that not having Barbour on that list is a serious oversight.

    Interesting what Trout brought up about Brown having 49 rushing TDs and only 2 passing while in college. Interesting because as a Viking, Brown developed into one of the better pass catching RBs in the league….kinda picking up where Chuck Foreman left off for them.

  15. rtpack24 08/04/2010 at 11:01 AM #

    One year in the NFL Brown was only back in the league to rush for more than 1500yds and had 1500yds in receiving.

  16. StateFans 08/04/2010 at 11:11 AM #

    Not having Anthony Barbour on that list is an absolute travesty. I am going to re-start the voting!

  17. StateFans 08/04/2010 at 11:23 AM #

    Poll has been reposted because I am a moron!

    I went with McIntosh, Stephens & Barbour.

    Simply cannot vote for TA based on both his flameout and how many games I can cite that one could argue that his fumbling &/or ‘boneheadedness’ was the direct reason for losing.

    old-timers…correct me if I am wrong…but, IMHO, anyone who does not vote for McIntosh is simply too young and didn’t see him play.

  18. newt 08/04/2010 at 11:45 AM #

    I had no idea that Ted Brown held the ACC records for yards and touchdowns. I always assumed Choo Choo Justice was the best back in the history of the ACC. Wonder why?

  19. StateFans 08/04/2010 at 12:35 PM #

    I thought it was Lawrence Taylor? 🙂

  20. Trout 08/04/2010 at 12:57 PM #

    Does anyone know if Ted scored a TD in either the ’75 Peach, ’77 Peach or ’78 Tangerine? He was named MVP of the ’78 Tangerine and we scored 30 points so I gotta think he scored a TD.

    Reason I’m asking, is why cant the NCAA go back and count bowl games retroactively? The only reason Wally Lundy passed TB was the extra # of games he played. The 3 bowls Ted played in should count as well.

    Agree with StateFans on Joe McIntosh. Great, great running back.

  21. Buck 08/04/2010 at 1:14 PM #

    I have seen everyone on that list play. To me, after Ted Brown, the best were Tremayne, Joe Mac, and Ray Rob (who nips Barbour by a nose) in that order. And yes…I do think Tremayne had it over Joe.

    About TA…he was an absolute freak of nature for one year. No doubt he has many of the best individual runs in Wolfpack history. But over a career, he did cough it up at some key moments. It’s a shame he got injured so much, because if he could have stayed healthy, I think he would have been tops on the list.

  22. Icabod61 08/04/2010 at 1:30 PM #

    I was fortunate enough to have an older brother on the team those years and got to watch the games from the “players'” ticketed seats immediately behind the home bench. One very memorable time was Ted Brown getting hammered to the ground and the crowd falling quiet as he was lying there. Then, from a couple of seats down, his mom stands up and yells “GET UP BOY!!! YOU AIN’T HURT!!! GET UP AND RUN!!”. Whether he actually heard her or not, who knows… but he slowly got up and continued to have another great game. And of course, the crowd went wild.

  23. NOT A FAN OF BLUE 08/05/2010 at 1:26 AM #

    I agree about Joe Mac, as well. He was the real thing. Definitely our best Scot.
    Does anyone remember the game where Ted Brown breaks through the middle … and a DB in pursuit … lunges for him … catches the back of his jock strap … and Ted drags the DB for a good 10 yards before he goes down? Never knew a jock strap could stretch that far.
    Bizarre, but true.

  24. rtpack24 08/05/2010 at 7:49 AM #

    Ted Brown was 5’10′” and 200lbs his senoir year and could still dunk a basketball. If fact he was a very good basketball player. He was one of the strongest atheletes I have ever seen play any sport. Did not get hurt or fumble.

  25. wolfbuff 08/05/2010 at 8:17 AM #

    Ted Brown is hands down the best RB this university, and arguably the ACC, has ever seen. I was fortunate enough to watch him play on many occasions during my formative fandom days. I was in the stands the day he put up 250 on Penn State and remember Joe Pa’s comments after the game. He was going on and on about Brown and how good he was. He had a rare combination of balance, power, and speed. Very hard to bring down.

    For the record, I know T.A. flamed out and can’t compare. But I thought he is the only RB we’ve had who came close to having the potential that Ted Brown was in reality.

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