August 3, 2010
Brown part of 2010 ACC Championship Game Legends Class
Former defensive end was a first-team All-American in 1996

Cornell Brown, one of the top pass rushers in Virginia Tech history, was selected to be a part of the Class of 2010 Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Legends, as announced by the ACC office on Tuesday.

The Legends will be honored at this year’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game weekend. They will be honored at the ACC Night of Legends event on Friday, Dec. 3, will also be recognized during ceremonies at Bank of America Stadium for the sixth annual Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship, which has a 7:45 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 4 and will be nationally televised by ESPN.

Brown is one of 12 former gridiron standouts from current ACC schools – a group that includes five former players who earned some kind of ACC Player of the Year honors, three members of the ACC’s prestigious 50th Anniversary Football Team, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, eight former All-Americas including four consensus All-Americas, eight players who combined for 58 years of professional football experience and eight who were drafted into the National Football League, including five first-round picks.

Brown earned consensus All-America honors in 1995 and was also named a first-team All-America in 1996 despite missing three games that year with injuries. He lettered four seasons for Virginia Tech, helping the Hokies to a record of 37-11 in that span. Named National Defensive Player of the Year by The Football News in 1995, he led the Big East Conference that year in quarterback sacks with 14. He totaled 22 sacks in his final two seasons in Blacksburg.

Brown was a sixth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 1997 NFL Draft and played seven seasons in Baltimore (1997-2000, 2002-2004). He was a member of the Ravens’ World Championship team that played in Super Bowl XXXV. Originally a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, he now resides in Blacksburg.

The other 11 members in the class include NC State’s Ted Brown (1975-78), Georgia Tech’s Randy Rhino (1972-74), Clemson’s Steve Fuller (1975-78), BC’s Tony Thurman (1981-84), Maryland’s Darryl Hill (1963-64), Florida State’s Peter Boulware (1994-96), Miami’s Cortez Kennedy (1988-89), Duke’s Jay Wilkinson (1961-63), North Carolina’s Ethan Horton (1981-84), Virginia’s Barry Word (1982-85), and Wake Forest’s Larry Hopkins (1970-71).

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