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Former UNC DT William Fuller headed to College Football Hall of Fame

A 1982 photo of UNC defensive tackle William Fuller.
A 1982 photo of UNC defensive tackle William Fuller. UNC Athletics

William Fuller, who was a two-time All-American defensive tackle at North Carolina during the early 1980s, is one of 14 members of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame class.

The National Football Foundation announced the induction class Friday.

Fuller played at UNC from 1980 through 1983. He was a consensus All-American as a senior in 1983, and was a first-team All-American as a junior.

Only six other UNC players have twice been named a first-team All-American. Fuller is also one of three defensive lineman in ACC history to be named to the all-conference team three times.

Known for his quickness and his ability to make plays in the backfield, Fuller still holds the UNC record for career tackles for loss with 57. He had 22 tackles for loss in both 1981 and 1983. He’s sixth in school history with 20 sacks.

Fuller also played 13 seasons in the NFL, with the Houston Oilers, Philadephia Eagles and San Diego Chargers.

Fuller will become the second UNC player in the past three years to be inducted into the College Football Hall of fame. Dre Bly, the former cornerback, was inducted in 2014.

Don McCauley, Charlie Justice and Art Weiner are the only others who played exclusively at UNC to be inducted into the hall of fame. Fuller will be inducted in a ceremony in December.

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