Tom Pridemore American Football Safety

Larry Thomas Pridemore is a former safety from West Virginia who played eight seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and a legislator. Pridemore played for the Ansted High School "Highlanders" and was a member of the record setting team that won 36 straight games on their way to winning back-to-back state championships (1971 and 1972). Pridemore, who was inducted into the West Virginia University Hall of Fame in 2001, holds school records that include: most career interception return yards (398 - 26.5 yards per return), most single game interception return yards, and most career interceptions (15). He also holds a WVU school record which doubles as an NCAA record as the Longest interception returned for a touchdown (102 yards vs Penn State). As a sophomore, Pridemore led the Mountaineers to a Peach Bowl victory against the NC State Wolfpack. After being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1978, Pridemore saw his first start in the third game of his rookie year and never looked back. Pridemore was Atlanta's starting free safety for the next eight years, and earned the reputation as one of the meanest, hardest-hitting safeties in the game.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 29th, 1956
United States of America
Places lived
Ansted , West Virginia
pop. 1,399 (2013)


1. West Virginia University Colleges/University

West Virginia University (WVU) is a public research university in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. Other campuses include: West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery and Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser; and a second clinical campus for the University's medical and dental schools at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston. WVU Extension Service provides outreach with offices in all of West Virginia's 55 counties. Since 2001, WVU has been governed by the West Virginia University Board of Governors.

Institution info

Type Land-grant university
2012. 404 mil. $
2010. 341 mil. $
Institution colors
Stewart Hall, 26506 - Morgantown, West Virginia
2013. 22,757
2010. 22,303
2009. 21,700
2013. 6,709
2010. 7,003
Acceptance rate
2012. 85.1 %
2011. 84.8 %
2010. 87.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 5.23 K $
2011. 5.67 K $
2010. 5.41 K $
2009. 5.3 K $
2008. 5.1 K $
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People attended West Virginia University connected by profession and/or age

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