Thursday, October 2, 2008

ACC Legends hold close ties to Tampa Bay...

This year’s ACC Legends were announced and will be honored at this year's Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game weekend. They will appear at the ACC Coaches & Awards Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 5, and will be honored at the "ACC Night of Legends" held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Friday evening. They will also be recognized during pre-game ceremonies at Raymond James Stadium. Among the 12 Legends are three who have specific ties to Tampa Bay.

Former Virginia (1993-1996) running back Tiki Barber played with the New York Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl, held in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, which is also the site of this year’s Dr Pepper ACC Championship game. Barber was the 1996 ACC Player and Offensive Player of the year, and played 10-years with the New York Giants. Barber’s twin brother Ronde, who currently plays with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is also head of the Buccaneer ACC Alumni Council for Tampa Bay as well as their Special Advisor for the ACC-Tampa Bay Football Partnership.

Former North Carolina (1992-1995) defensive tackle Marcus Jones was chosen in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1996 NFL Draft, and played seven seasons with the Bucs (1996-2002). Jones was the ACC’s 1995 Defensive Player of the Year and currently lives nearby Tampa in Lutz, Florida.

Former Boston College (1980-83) linebacker Steve DeOssie was a member of the 1991 Super Bowl Championship New York Giants, who captured their championship in old Tampa Stadium, which is adjacent to the site of Raymond James, this year’s championship game. DeOssie was a two-time All-ECAC selection in college and enjoyed a 12-year NFL career with Dallas, the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

The “ACC Night of Legends” presented by the Florida Sports Foundation will take place from 7-11pm at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. This Legendary Event is an invitation-only party to honor outstanding legends from each ACC institution. Held at the ACC Headquarters Hotel, this party will embody the true spirit of ACC Football as well as provide the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in college football. For information about the 2008 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship and the ACC Night of Legends, log on to

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