Following his graduation from Wake Forest, Clack tried to make the Steelers as a free agent in 1969, but he was cut. He spent the year playing for the Norfolk Neptunes of the Continental Football League, a low-budget NFL competitor. The Neptunes averaged 13,000 fans a game - more than twice the league average of 5,700.
The following year, he made the Steelers as a member of the "taxi squad," or practice squad. It was on his third attempt, in 1971, that he made the Pittsburgh club for real.
At 216 pounds, Clack was considered too small for the NFL, but he earned a spot and became a starting guard on teams that made six straight playoff appearances and won the first two of the franchise's six Super Bowls (IX and X). Among his teammates was another Wake Hall of Famer, Ed Bradley.
In 1978, Clack joined the New York Giants. He retired upon reporting to training camp in July 1981, but he returned at the urging of coach Ray Perkins on Nov. 10. Five days later, he started at center against Washington, and he helped the Giants to their first postseason appearance in 18 years. He retired for good in early 1982.
Clack was also inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He became a member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 16, 1991.
At Rocky Mount High, Clack played on two state championship teams in football and one in basketball. Clack tapped in the winning basket in the 1962 state basketball championship game and once returned a fumble 96 yards for a touchdown as a prep. He was a co-captain in the Shrine Bowl in Charlotte in 1964 and played in the East-West game in Greensboro.
Clack was born Oct. 26, 1947 in Rocky Mount. He died on April 7, 2006 of heart failure after battling neck and throat cancer for four years.
Few student-athletes in Wake Forest's proud history have enjoyed the two-sport success that Herb Cline claimed as a Demon Deacon. On the football field and basketball court, Cline was a leader and record-setter.
As a receiver, Cline caught six touchdown passes during his senior season in 1941. His three touchdown receptions against George Washington that year has been matched by five other WFU players but has never been surpassed.
As a basketball performer, the 6-foot-4 Cline earned All-Southern Conference honors three consecutive seasons from 1940-42 and led the Deacs in scoring and rebounding in all three of those seasons. Cline's son Mark followed his father to Wake Forest and was a standout basketball player from 1984-87.
After leading the Deacs to the 1978 conference championship and earning his degree from Wake Forest as a dean's list student, Hoch joined the professional ranks where he reached the winner's circle in 1980 with a victory at the Quad Cities Open. Hoch has won 11 PGA Tour events, including the 2001 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. His last PGA Tour victory was the Ford Championship at Doral in 2003.
In addition to his $18 million in earnings on the PGA Tour, Hoch has won three times on the Champions Tour. He has been a generous benefactor the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla.
Hoch, born Nov. 24, 1955 in Raleigh, was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
A career in professional ball was halted by polio, so Stallings returned to Wake Forest to complete his degree and serve as an assistant coach for the
1955 national championship squad, the first team in any sport to win an NCAA title while representing the ACC.
After earning a master's degree and coaching on the high school level, Stallings again became a Deacon coach, first as an assistant, then head coach in 1960. In nine seasons, he guided his teams to two NCAA appearances and 152 victories.
Following the 1968 season, he became head coach at Florida State, where he coached three teams into the NCAA playoffs, including a 1970 club that finished second in the country.
From 1976-1999, Stallings was the head coach at Georgia Southern. His career record stands at an incredible 1,258-799-10. At the time of his retirement, he had the most Division I wins of any coach in collegiate baseball history. Stallings has also served as the head Pan American coach (1979), head coach for the U.S. Olympic team (1984) and assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic team (1988, 1992).
Jack Stallings was inducted into the WFU Sports Hall of Fame on February 16, 1991.
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