A star-studded high school and college career has landed Ed Brogden a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Brogdon is one of 11 selections of the inaugural class and feels honored that someone else thought he was worthy.
He said the honor, to him, is more than just having his name on a plaque.
“It’s something to behold,” he said. “The feeling I have about Clarendon County, growing up here, is that I owe a lot of my success to the people around me.”
Brogden is a 1986 graduate of East Clarendon High School where he played quarterback and certainly left his mark.
In his career as a Wolverine, he had an overall record of 35-4 and threw for 3000 yards with 38 touchdowns and rushed for 800 yards with 17 touchdowns during his senior year.
East Clarendon had lost their good running back from the previous year due to graduation and Head Coach Mickey Moss was forced to find another way to move the ball.
That is when he found Brogdon and sent him to quarterback and passing camps to tone his skills and prepare him for the upcoming seasons.
“We came back that summer and he saw the way I threw the ball and he knew exactly what we were going to do,” Brogdon said. “It was something trying to turn from a ground-and-pound into an air assault game within a year. We just threw the ball all over the place and when we had to, we ran it.”
In 1985, Brogdon accumulated numerous awards and accolades for his results on the gridiron and even kicked long field goals and PATs.
He earned honors as the Class A Player of the Year, Pee Dee Player of the Year, was selected for all-conference, all-state, North and South All Star game.
“It was amazing,” Brogdon said. “We were told by coach Moss that if you took care of business on the field, you’d be astounded at what accolades you got. We never had our eyes on individual accolades.”
Pete Surette, a high school teammate, said Brogdon is extremely worthy of the award.
He values Brogdon not only as a special athlete, but a special person as well.
“I’m proud to say I’m a friend of his,” he said. “To be inducted into the group is obviously an honor for him. I just feel fortunate to have played football with him. He’s an outstanding person and I think it’s great that he was inducted. He was a great choice for one of the first inductees and he’s very deserving of being in that group.”
Upon graduating from high school, Brogdon attended East Carolina University and was part of the Pirates football team.
He was a four-year starter. Despite being a quarterback in high school, he played there sparingly but spent the majority of his time as a defensive back.
At the free safety spot, he earned honorable mention All-American and was a captain his senior year.
“It was an adjustment from playing on the offensive side of the ball,” he said. “I thoroughly enjoyed East Carolina.”
Following his college career, Brogdon left sports for several years and spent five years in the United States Marine Corps as a second lieutenant.
After leaving the military, he began coaching.
He began coaching at East Clarendon, then went to Kingstree and is currently the offensive coordinator at Lake City.