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Former Clemson All-American, NFL Draft Pick Has Passed Away

View of helmets of the Clemson football team.

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 03: A detailed view of the helmets of the Clemson Tigers before their game against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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.