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Perry Tuttle is a former Clemson football standout in the early 1980's.His career continued into the National Football League (Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Atlanta Falcons) and Canadian Football League (Winnipeg Blue Bombers). Now, he is known for his inspirational speaking, sports marketing, and sports ministry.

Early Life

Perry Warren Tuttle was born on August 2, 1959 in Lexington, North Carolinamarker to Russell Samuel and Betty Mae Tuttle. He attended North Davidson High Schoolmarker and was a standout player throughout his high school career. His successes in high school led to his recruitment by and later him attending Clemson Universitymarker.

College Life

The prime of Tuttle football career was during his three seasons (1978-1981) at Clemson University. His career still stands as one of the most remarkable and memorable of the school’s history. As of the 2008 Clemson football season, Tuttle ranks 2nd all-time for touchdown receptions with 17, 2nd all-time for receiving yards with 2,534, 4th all-time for receptions with 150, and 9th all-time yards per catch with 16.82. His most influential season came in 1982 when he earned 1st team All- American honors. Also, during this season, he left a mark on Clemson football history that will never be forgotten. Tuttle caught the winning touchdown pass in the 1981 Orange Bowl, which allowed the Tigers to defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the National Championship. After the game, his celebration, of arms outstretched above his head with ball in hand, made the cover of the January 11, 1982 edition of Sports Illustrated. The S.I picture headline reads, “No.1” with a caption stating, “Orange Bowl Hero Perry Tuttle of Clemson.” In 1991, Clemson made Tuttle a part of their Hall of Fame, and in 1996, he was named as a member of Clemson’s Centennial team. Later in 1999, “a panel of historians ranked Tuttle as the 14th best player in Clemson football history.”

NFL career

On April 27, 1982, the 6 foot, 178 pound, Tuttle was selected in the first round (19th overall) of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. It was in Buffalo that Tuttle spent the majority of his three seasons in the NFL. For the two seasons that he spent with the Bills, Tuttle had 24 receptions for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns. Between 1982 and 1983, the latter year was his most productive season. He averaged 15.4 yard a catch on 17 receptions for 264 total yards. After his two seasons in with the Bills, his career in the NFL took a major decline. Due to a very short time with the Buccaneers, Tuttle did not post any stats in Tampa Baymarker. And later, while in Atlanta, he only played in 5 games which led to only minimal stat production, 1 reception for 7 yards.

CFL career

In 1986, Tuttle began his 6 season career in Canadian Football League with Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Throughout his time with the Bombers, he caught 321 passes for 5,817 yards for 41 touchdowns. On November 25, 1990 at B.C Place Stadium in Vancouver, the Bombers (12-6) defeated the Edmonton Eskimos, 50- 11, to win the Grey Cup Championship, the equivalent to the Super Bowl in the NFL. The Bombers quarterback Tom Burgess awarded the Offensive Most Value Player honor and linebacker Greg Battle was named Defensive Most Valuable Player. In the third quarter of the game, Tuttle caught a 60 yard pass that later led to his 5 yard touchdown catch. Two seasons after the Blue Bombers championship win, in 1992, Tuttle ended his football career and moved his family back to North Carolinamarker (Charlotte). A few years after his retirement, Tuttle was once again recognized for his outstanding football talent with an induction into the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Hall of Fame.

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