CHAPEL HILL — Dre Bly is remembered at North Carolina for being one of the best football players in school history – a gifted cornerback who had the potential to intercept any pass thrown in his vicinity. Now Bly has been elected for enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Bly, who played for the Tar Heels from 1996 through ’98, is one of 14 members of the hall of fame’s incoming class, the National Football Foundation announced Thursday. In a statement that UNC released, Bly said he was “thrilled” to represent UNC in the hall.
“It’s a dream come true that hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Bly said in the statement. “I was fortunate to play with a great group of guys in Chapel Hill who pushed me every day to become a better player. We had one of the best defenses in the country with future NFL players all over the field.
“I wouldn’t be accepting this honor without them and the great coaching staff under the leadership of Mack Brown.”
Bly will become the sixth UNC player or coach to be inducted in the hall of fame, and the first player since Don McCauley in 2001. The induction ceremony will be in December.
Bly helped lead the Tar Heels to back-to-back finishes in the top 10 during the 1996 and ’97 seasons, and he intercepted 11 passes during his freshman season. He remains the ACC’s only player to earn first-team All-American honors in his first three seasons.
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