This was before the Carolina Panthers came along. “We laid down the law with Robert,” Jeffries said. Porcher was a late bloomer with the Bulldogs. 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. The Hall of Fame has announced its 25 semifinalists for the Class of 2021. 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 … Robert Porcher, a former member of the Detroit Lions, made the Black College Football HOF. “He was huge, and I knew, if he got his hands on me, there was no way I was getting to the quarterback. Reach Andrew Miller at 843-937-5599. Porcher admits that lining up across from the 6-7, 300-pound All Pro offensive lineman Joe Jacoby was a bit nerve wracking. Home - Inductees - Inductees 2020 - Robert Porcher. A member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, McCabe’s award-winning career at the Free Press began in 1970. “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. 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. The Detroit Lions annual Man of the Year award is named after Robert Porcher in honor of his contributions to the community. Porcher, 50, spent most of his childhood in Mount Pleasant. Each season, he’d fly Jeffries and his wife up to Detroit for at least one game. Not bad for a guy who had just two college scholarships offers coming out of Cainhoy High School. Porcher (1992-2003) had … The Detroit Lions organization honored Robert Porcher’s community contributions by naming their Annual Man of the Year award after him. “Robert was a good player, but I felt like he wasn’t realizing his full potential,” Jeffries said. I’ll pop that tape in and listen to John Madden say, ‘I like this rookie, he’s fast.’”. Cainhoy HS grad Robert Porcher basks in SC Football Hall of Fame glow, By David Cloninger About Us Class of 2020 Members Coach Steve Spurrier, Charlie Waters, Robert Porcher, and Willie Scott talks about “It’s not about us” with our 2020 Bridge Builder Excellence Awards Finalists We honor the state of South Carolina’s football legends, and are a catalyst for youth, workforce, and community development. He was good enough to catch the eye of coaches at Tennessee State and S.C. State. “As soon as I committed myself, my career took off.”. 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. He was far from satisfied with just making an NFL roster or being just another defensive lineman for the Lions. "I thought I was doing enough, but I realized I wasn’t.”. Robert Porcher, Class: Induction: 2017 Sport(s): Football - Porcher was a standout defensive end for the South Carolina State Bulldogs, after transferring from Robert Porcher and Isiah "Butch" Robertson are among six members of the Black College Football Hall of Fame's class of 2017. Self nomination will not be accepted. 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. Robert Porcher – The first round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in … NORFOLK, Va. — Former South Carolina State defensive end Robert Porcher was named Thursday as one of five 2017 inductees to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. The Detroit Lions organization honored Robert Porcher’s community contributions by naming their Annual Man of the Year award after him. ", "Maybe Barry was the best running back because of the extra work he was putting in," he recalls thinking. Not many players in the NFL have 100 career sacks, but I think my career turned out OK.”. Nominations shall be reviewed by the Hall of Fame committee no later than April 1st of each year. After his retirement from the Lions, Porcher became actively involved in the community raising thousands of dollars for cancer research. Follow him on Twitter @APMILLER_PandC. “Physically, I was still able to play at a high level,” Porcher said. dcloninger@postandcourier.com, The Berkeley Independent - Moncks Corner, SC, By Andrew Miller NFL scouts began to take notice. Athletic Hall of Fame nominations may be made by UMass Boston Alumni, students, faculty, staff, trustees and members of the general public. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will induct 28 new members this summer in Canton, Ohio. Porcher didn’t get mad. Post and Courier 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. He didn’t pout. 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. High 66F. Before joining The Post and Courier in 1989, he graduated from South Carolina with a degree in journalism. 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. 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. 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. 134 Columbus Street “I think everyone on the coaching staff knew he could play in the NFL.”. Porcher spent his senior season terrorizing opposing quarterbacks and offensive linemen. He wanted more. 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. “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. Porcher decided to give football another chance and played for Cainhoy during his senior season. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will induct 28 new members this summer in Canton, Ohio. “Those were the only games on TV. “At first, I wanted to prove that I belonged in the NFL and that Lions didn’t make a mistake taking a kid from an historic black college in the first round,” Porcher said. 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. Going into his senior season at S.C. State, Jeffries knew that Porcher had more to give. Andrew Miller is a reporter, covering growth and development in Berkeley County. By his fourth season in the NFL, Robert Porcher was already an established starter for the Detroit Lions. 935 S. Main St. Suite 203 Greenville, SC 29657. First-time eligible players include Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, and Calvin Johnson. He was speaking with his son, Robert IV, a … Robert Porcher's individual accomplishments are only one chapter in the story of his career. The ceremony, which had been scheduled for July 23, has been moved to 2021 due to the coronavirus. Plenty good enough to land in the S.C. Football Hall of Fame. “He hasn’t changed, and that’s a great quality to have.”. 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. Former Cainhoy High School and S.C. State standout Robert Porcher holds the Detroit Lions' career sack record with 95.5. Between 1996-2001, Porcher recorded 68 sacks, the second-highest total in the NFL during that span. Paul Sancya/AP. Eight of those new members come via this year's induction class, ... Moore’s former teammate, defensive end Robert Porcher (95.5 career sacks) also received consideration. He'll be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 28. He became the first Detroit Lion player to record double-digit sack totals in four consecutive seasons from 1996-1999. ... former S.C. State and Wando defensive end Robert Porcher and Sumter native and … I knew I had to be faster than him.”. 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 … That was back when you recorded games on VHS tapes. “You just don’t realize how big he is until you get on the field against him,” Porcher said. “There was just something about coach Jeffries that made you want to play for him,” Porcher said. ... Robert Porcher. You have permission to edit this article. 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. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.. Clear skies. Porcher signed with Tennessee State and played two years for the Tigers before transferring to Orangeburg to play for Willie Jeffries. Legendary former S.C. State head coach Willie Jeffries (a Class of 2013 inductee) will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will induct 28 new members this summer in Canton, Ohio. I remember I couldn’t sleep the night before, and, running onto the field, all I could think about was, ‘God, if this is a dream, don’t ever wake me up.’”. The Detroit Lions organization honored Robert Porcher’s community contributions by naming their Annual Man of the Year award after him. Porcher was a first-round NFL draft pick in 1992 and three-time All-Pro. “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. “Robert literally made one tackle from Florida A&M cry during a game because he couldn’t block him,” Jeffries remembers. 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. Low 44F. The class was enshrined Friday night. 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. Porcher has few regrets about his NFL career. 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. 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. Porcher never forget where he came from. “I was a starter, my job was pretty secure, but I wasn’t really pleased with my development,” Porcher said. ©2012 — 2020 SC Football Hall of Fame (501(c)(3) Organization) | Website by Some Web Studio, LLC. Will Robert Porcher ever receive a gold jacket from the Pro Football Hall of Fame? It’s more than football….It’s Making A … About Us Read More » The Detroit Lions organization honored Robert Porcher’s community contributions by naming their Annual Man of the Year award after him. He didn’t talk about transferring. 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. By 1995, Sanders was a perennial all-pro running back on his way to a Hall of Fame career. “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. He spent the next 13 seasons in Detroit. Provided/Detroit Lions, Detroit Lions defensive end Robert Porcher (91) will be inducted into the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame. When the call came from the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Robert Porcher was already on the phone. I was just mentally burned out. Eight of those new members come via this year's induction class, with … The … 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.”. His play on the field earned him Pro-Bowl and All-Pro honors in 1997, 1999, and 2001. I would have liked to have gotten to 100 sacks. ... Robert Brazile (Player - 2014) ... Robert Porcher (Player - 2017) Steve Spurrier headlines new S.C. Football Hall of Fame class. “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. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. DeArdo says defensive end Robert Porcher (95.5 career sacks) also received consideration to be the Lions’ representative. Greenville, S.C.: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) announces the Class of 2020 and information on the annual enshrinement ceremony. ... Kevin Glover and Robert Porcher … Before the season began, Jeffries and defensive line coach George Wheeler sat down with their pupil and implored him to work harder. “That drove me the first few years of my career. Jeffries coached Porcher with the Bulldogs. Willie Scott He went to Wando High School for 2½ years, but played just one season of junior varsity football for the Warriors. 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. Robert Porcher was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. At 6-3 and 275-pounds, Porcher’s quickness and athleticism made him a prototype defensive rush specialist. Paul Sancya/AP, Former Detroit Lions defensive end Robert Porcher was taken with the 26th overall pick in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Lions. Porcher was taken by the Lions in the first round with the 26th overall pick. “My cousin owns this joint called Lucky’s, and every Sunday they watch the NFL games on TV,” Porcher said. Eight of those new members come via this year's induction class, with the other 20 members belonging to last year's centennial class. Since retiring, Porcher has become actively involved in community and business interests throughout Michigan and his home state of South Carolina. I wanted to be more than I was. “The reason I didn’t get more scholarship offers was because I only played varsity football that one year,” Porcher said. “I knew I could be better. Fill in the missing pieces in the comments below. “We told him he was going about 80 percent of what he could be doing. Former Detroit Lions defensive end Robert Porcher still holds two franchise records for sacks. “I could have played two or three more years. "I think if I'd played another year, maybe, I'd have gotten a better look.". Porcher can still remember his first NFL sack against the Washington Redskins nearly three decades ago. I remember watching Barry running these sprints during one of the defensive periods when the offense is supposed to be on the sidelines resting and wondering why the best running back in the NFL was doing all this extra work. 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.”. Winds light and variable. “I went from gassers to eventually running 100-yard sprints,” Porcher said. The Wando, South Carolina native is a graduate of Huger Cainhoy High School. 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. Spurrier retired as the winningest coach in both Florida and USC history. He spent his entire 13-year career in Detroit accumulating a franchise history record 95.5 career sacks. One, however, was that he may have retired too soon. Washington was coming off a Super Bowl championship the season before, and the game was on national television at RFK Stadium. Nomination forms will be used for all qualified nominees. 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. The Detroit Lions organization honored Robert Porcher’s community contributions by naming their Annual Man of the Year award after him. Robertson was a linebacker who went on to become a first-round draft pick and NFL defensive rookie of the year in 1971. Charleston, SC 29403, News tips/online questions: newstips@postandcourier.com, Delivery/subscription questions: subserve@postandcourier.com. 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