By VAN HOLLAND
Two famous professional athletes who played high school sports for Tarboro High were named to the NCHSAA "100 To Remember Male Athletes" Wednesday.
Kelvin Bryant and Mike Caldwell we named to the list for their spectacular high school, college and professional careers. The list was compiled of mostly players from across the state who went on to have great professional careers as well, such as Michael Jordan, Jerry Stackhouse, Phil Ford and many others.
"It's an honor to be on a list with great players like Michael Jordan and Jerry Stackhouse," Bryant said. "It's nice to see a lot of former Tar Heel players and other greats like Caldwell on the list.
"I'm happy to be up there, but I didn't do it all by myself. I had a lot of help along the way from my teammates. It's just a blessing to have played for the coaches and with the players that I played with. I was just blessed."
Bryant had a great football career in high school, which earned him the opportunity to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels in college where he had three 1,000 rushing yard seasons. He finished with 3,267 career yards. He also had a career game against East Carolina where he scored six touchdowns.
He later signed with the Philadelphia Stars in the United States Football League and wound up the second leading rusher of all time in the league in its three years of existence. He rushed for 1,440 yards in 1983, 1,406 yards in 84 and led the Stars to the USFL title in 84 and 85.
After the USFL folded, Bryant played four years for the Washington Redskins in the NFL and rushed for 1,186 yards in that stint of his career.
Bryant was also been named one of the Top 50 ACC Players of All-Time.
Cladwell set records during his high school baseball career. In one game, he pitched 18 innings against Washington High School and struck out 31 batters.
He went on to play college baseball at North Carolina State and played 13 years in the major leagues. The left-handed hurler began his career with the San Diego Padres and also pitched for the San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers. During his professional career, Caldwell won 137 games and finished with a career 3.81 earned run average.
In 1978, Caldwell led the American League with an amazing 23 complete games in 1978 and posted a 22-9 mark that season.
Other notable players on the list were Brad Daugherty, Walter Davis, Josh Hamilton, Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Buck Leonard, Pete Maravich, Bob McAdoo, Hakeem Nicks, Chris Paul, Julius Peppers, Gaylord and Jim Perry, David Thompson and many others.