John Small, 1970
To date, the only Citadel athlete ever picked in the 1st round of the NFL draft (#12), and the 1st pick of the Atlanta Falcons. He was a 1st team All-American who played for both Atlanta and Detroit. Elected into The Citadel and SC Athletic Hall of Fame and chosen as a 1st team All Southern Conference Linebacker for the 75 years of the league's history. His life's work after professional football was devoted to the ministry he founded dedicated to assisting financially disadvantaged youths realise their full ahletic potential. Small was recruited by every major football program in the country yet chose The Citadel because the college offered "purpose".