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Begin With Belief  HUNTER RENFROW

From football walk-on to two-time national champion to NFL wide receiver, he hit his stride at Clemson University.

The front steps of the Clemson College of Business building with a plant on the left. Hunter Renfrow standing in front of the the steps of the Clemson College of Business with his arms folded.
Hunter Renfrow standing in front of the the steps of the Clemson College of Business with his arms folded.
Hunter Renfrow sits in a backstage video area speaking to the Camera. Hunter Renfrow sits in a backstage video area speaking to the Camera.


Begin with belief

Turn your dreams into reality

Hunter Renfrow '18 had a choice to make about his future. A two-sport athlete in high school, he had scholarship offers from smaller regional schools to play college baseball and football. His other option was to join the Clemson Football team as a walk-on wide receiver.

Walking on at Clemson was definitely the riskier path. Renfrow would be at the bottom of the depth chart without a scholarship. Some might have opted for more certainty and guaranteed playing time.

But Renfrow had lifelong ties to Clemson; his grandfather and mother attended the University, and he grew up a Tiger fan. He had experienced many Clemson Football Saturdays — the sea of orange that engulfed campus, the thunderous spirit that filled Memorial Stadium, the cherished game day traditions. The chance to be surrounded by the nation's best players and coaches and earn a Clemson degree would be fulfilling a dream. Renfrow ultimately decided to bet on himself and become a Tiger.

Hunter is leaning against a railing with his left arm while looking off to the right of the camera with Sikes Hall being visible in the background.
Hunter Renfrow is celebrating with a teammate in the endzone after scoring a touchdown for the Clemson Tigers.

Surpass early expectations

After redshirting his first year and becoming a top contributor on the scout team, Renfrow earned a coveted athletic scholarship and began to see playing time. Off the field, he followed his developing interest in business and chose to major in economics.

While a career in professional football wasn't necessarily his end goal, he started to believe it was possible when he began winning matchups against opposing defenders heading to the NFL. For the next four seasons, Renfrow carved out a role as a dependable receiver who showed up in the right place at the right time to make plays. NFL scouts took notice, and by the end of Renfrow's collegiate career, he was projected to be a mid-to-late-round draft pick.

New Facilities

The five-story, 176,000-square-foot Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business building opened in 2020 and offers a dynamic learning environment that brings together students, faculty and industry.


Undergraduate enrollment in the College has increased 44 percent in the last five years, and pre-business is a top major for incoming first-year students.

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“Clemson was a place that wanted you to be your best all the time. It never was a place where it just kind of got you in the door and got you out of the door. It was helping you find yourself and helping you find what you wanted to do in life.”

Excel in your field

Reach new heights

When the Tigers lost in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, the following offseason provided valuable lessons for Renfrow about what it takes to be successful both as an individual and as part of something bigger than himself. His coaches and teammates challenged and inspired each other to be their very best.

A year later, their hard work, sacrifice and determination culminated in a single unforgettable moment when Renfrow caught the game-winning touchdown to secure the Tigers' first national title in football since 1981. The Tigers would be crowned champions again two years later in his final collegiate season.

Hunter is giving a speech in the football stadium after recieving an award.
Hunter as a Las Vegas Raider running the ball after a reception while in the middle of several defenders.
Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders

Renfrow was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft and is now in his fourth year as a pro. In the offseason, he and his family make it a priority to spend some time in Clemson. While Renfrow's days of catching passes to the cheers of 80,000-plus fans in Memorial Stadium are over, Clemson will forever feel like coming home to the place where it all truly began.

Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders

This is two photos stacked on top of each other. The top image is of Hunter and a teammate standing in a car with the top open during a parade. The bottom image is Hunter running after a reception as a Las Vegas Raider.
Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders
Hunter and a teammate standing in a car with the top open during a parade.

Hunter Renfrow:
Forever a Tiger

Graduated in May 2018 with a degree in economics.

Owns Clemson records for starts by a receiver (47) and consecutive games with a reception (43).

Ranks fifth in career receptions (186) and 11th in career receiving yards (2,133).

Caught the game-winning touchdown pass with one second remaining in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Recipient of the 2018 Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding FBS college football player who began his career as a walk-on.

Selected in the fifth round (No. 149 overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Hopes to see his daughter become a fourth-generation Tiger.

"Whether it's mentors, whether it's coaches, whether it's teachers, whether it's friends — I really just had a great supporting community and learned a whole lot from them as a person, as a son, as a brother and as a student. I'm just grateful that I was a part of it."

Hunter sits on steps with a group of Clemson students and has a conversation with them. Another group of students are sitting behind him having their own conversation.

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