The most decorated football player in App State history (2006-09) which includes Back-to-Back FCS National Championships (2006, 2007), Back-to-Back FCS National Player of the Year awards (2008, 2009), 4x All-America honors, 14,754 yards of total offense + 139 total touchdowns. Quarterback No. 14 Armanti Edwards aka “The Great One”, an Iconic Hero!
Whether at the high school, college or professional level - Alana Beard was legendary. She graduated from Duke as the all-time points leader, was the first women’s basketball player to have her jersey retired and was recently named to Duke’s 2022 HOF Class.
Beard played 15 season in the WNBA for the Washington Mystics and LA Sparks - a 4x All-Star, 9x All-Defensive Team, 2x Defensive POY and 2016 WNBA Champion. Beard was larger than life, a trailblazer in women’s sports. An Iconic Hero.
Raleigh native, LeVelle Moton, reached stardom while playing for NCCU from 1992-96 where he was CIAA POY, All-CIAA First Team + graduated as the Eagles all-time leading scorer. No. 15 was inducted into the CIAA HOF in 2020.
In 2009, Moton returned to his alma mater as head basketball coach where the Eagles have reached legendary status which includes 3x MEAC regular season + 4x MEAC tournament Championships. A North Carolina basketball legend. An Iconic Hero.
David “Skywalker” Thompson is credited for being college basketball’s original hi-wire act and above the rim player due to his incredible leaping ability. One of the greatest college basketball players of all-time, No. 44 helped lead the Red and White to his school’s first ever National Championship over Marquette in 1974.
Thompson eventually went on to be the #1 overall pick in both the 1975 NBA and ABA drafts. The pride of Shelby. An Iconic Hero.
Phil Ford is considered by many the greatest point guard in Atlantic Coast Conference basketball history. The Master of Coach Smith’s Four Corners Offense graduated from Carolina as the all time leading scorer in school history with 2,290 points that stood for nearly 30 years. The pride of Rocky Mount. An Iconic Hero.
Roman Gabriel is credited for redefining the quarterback position as football’s first big and strong thrower standing in at 6’5, 225 lbs. When not using his rocket arm, he would tuck and run it punishing anyone in his path. While wearing the Red and White, he set 22 school passing records and 9 conference records. The pride of Wilmington. An Iconic Hero.
Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice is one of the most famous athletes in North Carolina sports history. After serving in the United States Navy during World War Il, he enrolled at North Carolina where he was a 2x Hesiman Trophy Candidate, National POY + even had songs written about him. The pride of Asheville. An Iconic Hero.