Jeff Bostic has been a part of more Super Bowl-winning teams than any player in Clemson’s storied football history, but he may be best remembered as one of the Washington Redskins’ beloved offensive linemen known as the “Hogs.”
But despite his long career in our nation’s capital, he has never lost sight of his roots in North Carolina. The Greensboro native attended Ben L. Smith High School, where he excelled from fall to spring in football, wrestling and baseball.
After graduating from high school, Bostic followed his older brother, Joe, to Clemson, where they would further cement their football legacy as the “Bostic Brothers.” The 1977 and 1978 seasons have been appropriately labeled as the rebirth of Clemson football, and Jeff Bostic was at the center of the offense – both literally and figuratively – serving as the Tigers’ starting center and earning all-conference recognition in 1979.
His impact was so great that he’d go on to be named to the Clemson University All-Centennial Team and inducted into both the Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
Not surprisingly, he’d soon embark on an outstanding career in the National Football League. It began inauspiciously, however, when Bostic was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles during the 1980 preseason. But the division rival Washington Redskins quickly snapped him up, signing him to serve – at least initially – as the team’s long snapper. The following year, Bostic’s hard work and dedication to his craft paid off as he became the Redskins’ starting center, a position he’d hold through the next 13 seasons and four Super Bowl appearances, despite numerous injuries.
In 1983, Bostic was recognized by his peers as the best at his position in the National Football Conference, making the Pro Bowl squad alongside teammates Joe Jacoby and Russ Grimm. He missed a good portion of the 1984 season with the first of several knee injuries, but he returned in 1985 to be named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year, Redskin of the Year and also to be awarded the Ed Block Courage Award. In 1990, Bostic was honored with the Nate Fine Memorial Award, which is given annually to a player “completely dedicated to the Redskins and the game of football.”
Having undergone five major surgical procedures in his career, including operations on both knees, Bostic was forced to hang up his helmet in 1994. He’ll forever be a part of the Redskins’ lore, however, and was named by the franchise as one of its 70 greatest players. While he was no longer on the field, Bostic initially couldn’t stay away from the game. He worked as a broadcaster for ESPN (covering the Big East Conference) from 1998 to 2001, and then began doing the same for Westwood One Radio as a color analyst for NFL games.
Bostic lives in Duluth, Ga., with his wife, Lynn, and their three daughters: Ashley, Amanda and Alicia. Since retiring from the NFL, Bostic has worked as a developer of multi-family apartment complexes throughout the Southeast. A great contributor to the communities in which he’s lived, Jeff, alongside brother Joe, are proudest of their contribution to Hospice of Greensboro in honor of their late mother, Sharron.
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