Former Clemson Tiger defensive lineman Thomas "Black Cat" Barton passed away this week at age 90, the program confirmed today.
Barton played for the Tigers from 1950-52 and earned letters in all three seasons. As a senior, he was named second-team All-American by UPI, the first Clemson defensive lineman to ever earn All-American honors.
A 1987 Clemson Hall of Fame inductee, Barton was a sixth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1953. However, a knee injury ended his pro career before it could begin.
With his football career behind him, Barton embarked on a long and distinguished career in education. He served as the President of Greenville Technical College from 1962-2008. In 2000, the main campus of the school was named in his honor.
Our thoughts are with Barton's family and friends during this difficult time.
May he rest in peace.