- 1981 - First-team Associated Press All-American
- 1982 - Only Tiger ever voted unanimous All-America and AP first-team All-America TWICE
- 1983 - NFL All-Rookie team
- 1988 - NFL Pro Bowler
- 1991 - College Football Hall of Fame
- 1991 - Clemson Ring of Honor
- 1996 - Named to Clemson's Centennial Team
- 2000 - Named Clemson's top player of the 20th Century by CNNsi.com
- Named to Sports Illustrated's All-Century team of college football
- Named part of the USA Today All-Decade team for the 1980's
- 1983 New York Giants
- 1984 New York Giants
- 1985 New York Giants
- 1986 New York Giants (Superbowl champions)
- 1987 New York Giants
- 1988 New York Giants
- 1989 New York Giants
- 1990 Houston Oilers
- In 1991 he became just the second Clemson player in history to be honored by the College Football Hall of Fame (the first was Banks McFadden in 1959).
- Recorded 17 interceptions during his Clemson career.
- He was Clemson's second leading tackler on the 1981 National Championship team.