Rodney Rogers


In the late 1980s, Wake Forest basketball was struggling. There were five straight losing seasons, five consecutive years of finishing 7th or 8th in the ACC standings. The fortunes of Demon Deacon basketball turned around in the fall of 1990 when Rodney Rogers became the program's most prized recruit in years.

All Rodney did was earn ACC Freshman of the Year honors in 1991 while leading Wake Forest to its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1984. The next year Rogers was named first team All-ACC. And in 1993, after leading Wake Forest to the NCAA Sweet 16, Rogers was named the ACC Player of the Year and first team All-American. He is one of only six players - and the only Deacon - to be named ACC Freshman of the Year and ACC Player of the Year.

After his junior season, Rodney departed for the NBA, but he left behind the framework for continued success on the hardwood. The Demon Deacons went on to earn seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1991-97.

Rogers averaged 11 points a game over a distinguished 12-year NBA career for seven teams.


Ed Stetz


Listen to these statistics put up by Ed Stetz during his days as a standout football player at Wake Forest from 1969 to 1971: 460 tackles, which remains the most in Deacon football history; 203 tackles in 1971, another still-standing record; and 271 career solo tackles, which ties for first in school history.

The funny thing about those numbers is that they might be a little low. If you talk to anyone who played with Ed, or watched Ed on the gridiron, most agree that he had many more tackles than what is in the record books. But regardless of what his true statistics were, they probably don't accurately reflect the impact he had on Wake Forest football.

Ed was a two-time first team All-ACC selection in 1970 and 1971. He played in the 1971 Blue-Gray All-Star Game. During his three seasons at Wake Forest, the Deacons posted two winning seasons under coach Cal Stoll. In 1970, Ed was instrumental in leading Wake Forest to its first ACC championship.

At less than six-feet tall and just over 200 pounds, Ed was considered too small to play linebacker in the ACC. But he had incredible heart and toughness, and in the end, he left Wake Forest as one of the best in school history.

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