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All these years after Clemson's win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, Coach Ford says he enjoyed getting to see his former players. (Scott Eisberg/WCIV) All these years after Clemson's win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, Coach Ford says he enjoyed getting to see his former players. (Scott Eisberg/WCIV)
Among those who played on that championship team, is Jeff Cruce who is now head football coach of the Berkeley Stags.(Scott Eisberg/WCIV) Among those who played on that championship team, is Jeff Cruce who is now head football coach of the Berkeley Stags.(Scott Eisberg/WCIV)

CLEMSON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It was a special day for fans of the orange and purple in Death Valley last weekend. Not only did the Tigers come away with a dominate win over UNC, they also paid tribute to those who played during one of Clemson's brightest moments.

On Saturday, the university honored the players and coaching staff of their 1981 National Championship team.

Many of those Tiger alumni revisited Howard's Rock, and ran down the Hill.

Among those who played on that championship team, is Jeff Cruce who is now head football coach of the Berkeley Stags.

"Just a chance to get back and revisit some old memories, so it has been fun," said Cruce. "Clemson is doing well this year, and it is just kind of a special time for the players and all the guys that are associated with it. To see Coach Ford again, that's the best part of it -- he deserves this."

All these years after Clemson's win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, Coach Ford says he enjoyed getting to see his former players.

"What is more important to me is how these guys are doing today. How our ex players are doing a wonderful job. We are all proud of them," said Ford.

Clemson hopes to keep their perfect record this season alive Saturday night, when they take on Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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