"When Clemson players rub that rock and run down the hill, its the
most exciting 25 seconds in college football."
Brent Musberger, ABC Sports
"Death Valley really lives up to its image. I was impressed with this
stadium. When you put 80,000 people in there, it really feels like
they are on top of you. I would hate to be Georgia Tech or whoever
else comes in here."
San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Steve Young
"I came here knowing it would be loud and that Clemson would hit me
hard, but to me, the noise was the biggest factor. I know I didn't
concentrate as well because of it."
Herschel Walker after Clemson's 13-3 victory in 1981, his only regular season loss at Georgia.
"I remember being nervous before the game because there were 80,000
people dressed in orange. It's intimidating. I even threw up before
the game. It's the only time I've ever done that."
Former Duke Quarterback Dave Brown
"When you get to the bottom of the hill, it's like you're in a hole
and all around you are nothing but Clemson fans. Its like the crowd
is one big voice. You feel like little kings."
Former Clemson running back Rodney Blunt
"Clemson's record at home is not a coincidence. Running down the hill
is a part of that record. You get so inspired, and so much of college
football is about emotion. You get out of that bus and you hear the
roar of the crowd and it gives you chills up and down your spine."
Former Clemson All-America kicker David Treadwell
"There is no place louder or more picturesque than Death Valley.
There, where Clemson folks see magic in a hill and a rock, orange
gets more respect than anywhere this side of Gainesville, Florida."
Terence Moore, Atlanta Constitution
"Running down the hill is still talked about everywhere I go. Players
who played against Clemson when I was in college remember us running
the hill and thinking we would gain some type of spirit. The
adrenalin rush was unbelieveable for a Clemson player and quite a
shock for the opponent."
Former Clemson All-American Jerry Butler
"The rock has strange powers. When you rub it, and run down the hill,
the adrenaline flows. Its the most emotional experience I've ever
Six-time All-Pro and former Clemson All-American Michael Dean Perry
"Last spring (1999), former New York Knicks Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy came
to Clemson for a coaching clinic. One of the first things he said
was, 'before I leave I've got to rub Howard's Rock.' So, we brought
him to the rock about midnight one night. He rubbed the rock, but
he wouldn't run down the hill. He was a little afraid of that."
Clemson Head Basketball Coach Larry Shyatt
"It has always been a dream to run down that hill. You get to the
top and it's emotional because you think of all the players that have
done the exact same thing that you are doing. When you get to the
bottom you look up and see 80,000 people hollering and you realize
you have a tradition to live up to."
Clemson Senior Center Kyle Young