Former Clemson football standout Cory Groover died Sunday from injuries suffered in a car accident earlier last week.
The accident occurred last Wednesday morning when Groover was on his way to his job at Pine Grove Group Home in Elgin, S.C. According to Columbia police, a dump truck appeared to have turned left and hit Grover’s car head on.
The 31-year-old Groover was from Johnsonville, S.C., and attended Hannah-Pamlico High School.
“My heart just goes out to the Groover family. He was one the best football players in the Pee Dee and even a better person,” Creek Bridge coach James Breland, who played against Groover in high school when Breland was at Hemingway, told the Florence Morning News.
Groover came to Clemson as a junior in 2004 after attending Southwest Mississippi Community College. He played defensive lineman for the Tigers (2004-05) and appeared in 22 games, including five starts, totaling 52 tackles and two sacks. He majored in sports management.
After college, Groover played for the Florence Phantoms Indoor Football team and was member of the 2008 AIFA championship team. He also played for AIFA’s Cape Fear Heroes in Fayetteville, N.C
At Hannah-Pamplico High, Groover was a Defensive Player-of-the-Year as a senior, and was a USA Today Preseason All-American. He had 152 tackles and eight sacks as a senior, rushed for 1,002 yards on 110 carries; and also had nine catches for 284 yards, also adding 307 yards on kickoff returns, and scored 27 touchdowns as a senior.
He was also named Defensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl during his senior year.
Groover had his football and basketball jerseys retired by the school after his graduation.