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Photos: Clemson's 1981 National Championship Trophy Broke

Clemson has been one of the ACC's best programs, and have a national championship to show for it. The 1981 team went 12-0, knocking off Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to capture the national title this year. For their efforts, Clemson received a number of awards, including the "Grantland Rice Trophy," given out by the Football Writer's Association of America. Based on a few photos, it appears that the trophy was somehow damaged, with the bronze football being separated from its base.

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— Gabby Bates (@nicole_gabby15)

As they were cleaning Clemson's trophy case, I was able to look at Clemson's prize possessions. @ClemsonInsider. pic.twitter.com/MVsLAhUw9M

— Gabby Bates (@nicole_gabby15) September 1, 2015

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That, of course, led to the "Clemsoning" jokes that probably should have been expected.

">@ClemsonTigerNet @Orange_Emperor The first half is good, the second half totally falls apart? Man, I've never seem a trophy Clemson itself.

— Nick Hannula (@NickHannula)

@ClemsonTigerNet@Orange_Emperor The first half is good, the second half totally falls apart? Man, I've never seem a trophy Clemson itself.

— Sauna Insider (@NickHannula) September 1, 2015

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According to The Clemson Insider's Gabby Bates, the 1981 trophy has reportedly been fixed. CU might want to be more careful with those trophies...or they're going to need Dabo Swinney and Deshaun Watson to go out and win another just to be safe. 

[The Clemson Insider]