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Cal, Stanford, and SMU Legends Are Now ACC Fans



We can finally officially welcome Cal, SMU, and Stanford to the ACC.

Doing so, we must acknowledge those who will now be cheering for ACC teams in all sports — including previous athletes.

On Monday, Deacons Illustrated’s Conor O’Neill launched a trend with a tweet, and that got me thinking. I then decided to research these three schools a bit more and become more familiar with the “ACC legends” that are joining us. These athletes played for the three programs that joined the league recently. Feel free to reference this list at the bar, at the water cooler, or anywhere that you find yourself talking ball. Here is a list of some ACC Legends.


Tiger Woods

15-time major champion golfer.

Toby Gerhart

Rushed for 1,800+ yards and 28 TDs in 2009.

Christian McCaffery

Rushed for 1,600+ yards in two seasons and is now the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

Andrew Luck

3,500+ yards and 37 touchdowns in 2011. Eventual No. 1 overall pick.

Richard Sherman

Six interceptions in two years. Also played WR for the Cardinal.

John Elway

Threw for 3,200+ yards in 1982. 1st overall pick.

Jed Lowrie

Utilityman. MLB journeyman. Hit 17 bombs for Stanford in ’04.

Mike Mussina

MLB Hall of famer. All-american pitcher at Stanford.

Brook & Robin Lopez

Brook: Averaged 19 & 8 as a sophomore. Robin: 10 & 6. NBA veterans.

John McEnroe

Won the NCAA singles title in tennis and led the Cardinal to a 24-0 record in 1978.

Kelley O’Hara

Won the 2009 Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s best player. Became a two-time World Cup Champion for USA Women’s Soccer.

Katie Ledecky

Holds seven Olympic Gold medals and 21 world championships in the pool. An all-time legend of swimming.

Kerri Walsh Jennings

Four-time first-team All-American at Stanford. Three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball.


Aaron Rodgers

Threw for 5,400+ yards at Cal in two years. Current Jets QB.

Jaylen Brown

Averaged 14.6 points per game as a freshman at Cal and immediately jumped to the NBA. Now, he’s the reigning NBA Finals MVP.

Marshawn Lynch

“Beastmode” put up 35 touchdowns and 3,000+ yards in three seasons in Berkeley.

Tony Gonzalez

Longtime NFL star played basketball and football at Cal. Averaged six points per game on the hardwood, and caught eight touchdowns on the gridiron.

Alex Morgan

Graduated from Cal in 3.5 years. Now has two World Cups and an Olympic gold medal.

Alex Honnold

Dropped out of Cal to live in a van and climb, but still an honorary Golden Bear. If you haven’t seen “Free Solo,” check it out.

Jason Kidd

Kidd averaged 16 & 9 in his second season at Cal before becoming an NBA legend and head coach.

Nnamdi Asomugha

Longtime NFL defensive back had three pick-sixes while at Cal.

Ron Rivera

All-American linebacker set a school-record in tackles behind the line of scrimmage as a senior. Rivera played nine seasons for the Bears in the NFL, and became a head coach for the Carolina Panthers and Washington Commanders.

Colin Morikawa

Four-time All-American at Cal. Morikawa is a major champion, and won his first PGA Tour golf event just months after graduating from Cal.

Missy Franklin

Four-time individual NCAA Champion at Cal. Won four gold medals at the 2012 Olympics.


Eric Dickerson

NFL Hall of Famer put up 48 TDs and 4400+ yards at SMU.

Bryson DeChambeau

Won the NCAA Individual National Championship in 2014-15. Owns 2020 and 2024 U.S. Open trophies.

Payne Stewart

All-American golfer at SMU. 11-time PGA Tour winner and three-time major champ.

Semi Olejeye

Won the 2014-15 national title with Duke MBB as a role player, then transferred to SMU and averaged 19 points per game. Double ACC legend.

Courtland Sutton

Top-three in career touchdowns at SMU. Broncos WR.

Thomas Morstead

Longtime NFL punter. First Team All-Conference USA at SMU.

Cole Beasley

Caught 14 touchdowns over four years at SMU. Totaled 500+ yards in six separate NFL seasons.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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