Tom Pridemore

American football player from United States of America

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. With 21 career interceptions (returned for  ( Wikipedia article )


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United States of America
American football player


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West Virginia University

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American football

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