When Ed Bradley Jr. came to Wake Forest in 1968 from Stratford, Conn., he bore credentials as a standout quarterback and defensive back. He quickly converted to defense exclusively and found himself as a starting linebacker on Cal Stoll's first Deacon squad in 1969. He went on to hold that first-string position all three varsity seasons and was a key figure in the 1970 team's memorable drive to an ACC championship.
Following his senior season, he was invited to play in both the East-West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl.
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 1972 NFL Draft, Bradley anxiously joined the Steel Curtain defense. By 1974, he was playing an important role for the Steelers and starred in the team's 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX that season. When Steeler middle linebacker Jack Lambert suffered a badly sprained ankle in the first half, Bradley replaced him and played the remainder of the game.
The following year, Bradley helped the Steelers defend their Super Bowl title with a 21-17 win over Dallas. Bradley and another Wake Hall of Famer, Jim Clack, were the first Deacons to earn Super Bowl rings as players.
Ed later served as a tri-captain for the inaugural Seattle Seahawks team in 1976 and started two seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. He retired following the 1978 season after suffering an injury.
Bradley continued to return to Wake Forest during the off-season in order to complete his degree.
Bradley was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 19, 1987.
Haas came to Wake from Bellville, Ill., and immediately made an impact by winning the ACC individual crown as a freshman in 1973. He earned All-America honors that season as well.
He earned second-team All-America status as a sophomore in helping the Deacs to the 1974 NCAA championship. A few weeks thereafter, he was one of only three amateurs to make the cut at the U.S. Open, and his score was the best of the three.
Haas captured the NCAA medalist title as part of 1975's record-setting team victory in Columbus, Ohio. He went on to receive the prestigious Fred Haskins Award as the nation's outstanding collegiate golfer.
That set the stage for his brilliant junior season, which included participation on the U.S. Walker Cup team. A first team All-American in 1975 and 1976, Haas entered the professional tour in 1976.
As of August 2010, Hass had won more than $24 million and 23 tournaments on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. That includes three majors on the senior circuit.
His three varsity years included an overall mark of 71-29 and a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 1962 and 1963.. All three years at Wake Forest, he was selected to the All-ACC team. In 1964, as a senior, he was the club's Most Valuable Player.
Scripture hit .360 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI in 1963, leading the ACC in both home runs and RBI.
After a nine-year Minor League career with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets, Scripture was hired by the Kansas City Royals in 1973.
He began as a Minor League manager, eventually earning the title of Coordinator of Instruction for that system. Scripture later worked in the Pittsburgh organization.
Billy Scripture was inducted into the WFU Sports Hall of Fame on September 19, 1987. He was selected to the ACC's
As a collegiate golfer, Strange helped Wake to the 1974 NCAA championship. He was also a three-time All-America selection. Strange continued his success at the amateur level, with two North and South Amateur wins, a Western Amateur and Eastern Amateur all in 1974 and 1975. He was the top scorer on the U.S. Walker Cup team in `75.
Strange was the youngest recipient of Wake Forest's Arnold Palmer Award before joining the PGA Tour following his junior season.
As a professional, Strange was one of the best golfers in the 1980s, winning 16 times on the PGA Tour. Two of those wins were U.S. Open titles in 1988 and 1989, considered the toughest tournament in professional golf. He remains the only man to win the Open in consecutive years since Ben Hogan in 1950-51.
Strange has 28 professional victories in his career. Strange also continued his success in team golf, as he played on five Ryder Cup teams and captained the 2002 squad at the Belfry.
Strange was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on November 12, 2007.
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