Steve Fuller

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Steve Fuller (b. January 5, 1957) # 4, was a quarterback for the Tigers from 1975-1978. Fuller was selected 23rd overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1st round of the 1979 NFL Draft.


  • 1978 - 1st Team Academic All-American
  • 1978 - ACC Player of The Year
  • At the time of his graduation, Fuller has the 2nd best pass interception avoidance percentage (3.33%) in NCAA history.
  • Awarded both NCAA and Jim Weaver post graduate scholarships from the ACC
  • Selected to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team
  • Only second Clemson athlete in history to have his number retired

The Catch[edit]

With :49 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the Clemson vs. South Carolina Gamecocks game on October 19, 1977, Fuller throws a spectacular pass to Jerry Butler in the endzone to lift Clemson to a 31-27 win. The Catch is rated # 65 on the's 100 Greatest Finishes.

NFL Career[edit]

Fuller was the understudy to Jim McMahon on the 1985 Super Champion Chicago Bears

1979 Kansas City Chiefs 
1980 Kansas City Chiefs 
1981 Kansas City Chiefs 
1982 Kansas City Chiefs
1983 St. Louis Rams
1984 Chicago Bears 
1985 Chicago Bears
1986 Chicago Bears
1988 San Diego Chargers 


  • Fuller made the Deans List 6 consecutive semesters at Clemson.
  • Fuller was the last former Clemson quarterback to be on an NFL roster as a quarterback. The year was 1988 and ironically he was with the San Diego Chargers (same team Charlie Whitehurst was drafted by in 2006). Fuller was on the active roster but did not play in a single game that year.
  • As of the end of the 2005 NFL season, Fuller is the last Clemson quarterback to throw a pass from the quarterback position in an NFL game (1986).
  • As Clemson's quarterback, Fuller had a bad habit of rolling out of the pocket while looking for a receiver, with the ball held unprotected away from his body in his throwing hand - just waiting to be popped loose in a hit. Fortunately, he was quick enough that he usually got the pass away, but fans cringed when he did that...

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