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2017 Jerry Richardson
Community MVP Award Honorees

Edward B. Wile (Chosen by Coach Mike Ayers)

Edward Wile Edward Bryan Wile was born in Wooster, Ohio in 1951. He grew up in Northeastern Ohio and then followed his high school football coach, Jack Peterson to Wofford College and played football for the Terriers.

He graduated with a BA from Wofford College in 1973, and completed his MBA at Georgia State University in 1983. In 1995 he earned the CIMA designation from The Wharton School.

Ed is a member of the Wofford College Board of Trustees and Board Member of Blalock Machinery and Equipment Company, Inc. He has served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Atlanta Mission and as a Board Member of the Northside Youth Organization.

In 2008, Ed received the Southern Conference Distinguished Service Award. His college athletic achievements include; Outstanding College Athletes of American, Wofford College Football Hall of Fame and he is a member of the Wofford College Top 40 All-Time Football Team.

Ed provided investment advisory and banking needs for clients of UBS Financial Services for over thirty three years. He is currently completing a memoir titled, "Mean to Meaningful" which will be available for public distribution in the fall of 2017. All of the proceeds from the book will be used to fund Wofford College scholarships for student athletes.

He and his wife Vera Kelly Key have two children and seven grandchildren.



John & Jeanette Cothran (Chosen by Coach Clay Hendrix)

John & Jeanette Cothran John C. Cothran, a native of Benton, Arkansas, graduated from Furman University in 1954. After two years in the U.S. Army Armored Calvary, he entered the field of real estate, and since 1956, John has been a leader in real estate development in Greenville.

John is the retired chair of Cothran Company, and past president of the Greenville Board of Realtors and the Greenville Home Builders Association. He has been honored as Realtor of the Year and Homebuilder of the Year, and is a member of the South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame. He has served on numerous community boards and was a founding member of GBS Building Supply, Inc.

In his extensive work with, and support of, Furman University, John has served in many various capacities. He was chair of the Furman Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees (currently Trustee Emeritus), past president of the Paladin Club, and is a recipient of the Furman Alumni Service Award. He has served on The Hollingsworth Funds Board and President and Board Chair of Verdae Development, Inc.

John and his wife Jeanette have four sons: Clark (’84), Stephen (’86), Philip and Scott (Bootie).



Travelle Wharton (Chosen by Coach Will Muschamp)

Travelle Wharton A South Carolina native, Travelle Wharton has established himself as a great athlete, a man of great character and a man of great concern for his community.

Born Glenn Travelle Wharton on May 19, 1981, Travelle grew up in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, playing youth sports for the Fountain Inn Recreation Department. He graduated from Hillcrest High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Retail from the University of South Carolina in 2003. As a freshman at South Carolina, Travelle was named a day one starter at left tackle, and was named to the Freshman All-American Team and Freshman All-SEC. He went on to be named All-SEC First Team and was a three-time winner of the Steve Sisk Award, given each year to the best blocker on the team. He was voted team captain by his teammates, and was recognized by the SEC for his community service, being named to the SEC Good Works Team. In 2004, Travelle was drafted by Carolina Panthers in the 3rd Round of the NFL Draft.

Travelle's impact with the Panthers was immediate as he was the only rookie starting on the offensive line. He would go on to play 10 years in the NFL, starting 111 games out of 115.

Travelle has been an active supporter of various organizations throughout his career. In 2008, he was recognized by the State of South Carolina with a Concurrent Resolution "To recognize Travelle Wharton as Role Model and Hero to the Greenville community and beyond, and to commend him for his philanthropy among the youth of South Carolina." He has used this platform to speak to many schools, churches and community organizations.

Travelle is married to Kashema Wharton and together they have three beautiful daughters: Gabrielle, Kaelyn and Kelsey, and one son, G. Travelle Wharton, Jr.



Joe Thomas, Sr. (Chosen by Coach Buddy Pough)

Joe Thomas Senior Day for the 2016 South Carolina State Bulldogs Football team had a little extra meaning. With 4:34 remaining in the opening quarter against Savannah State, the Bulldogs sent 55-year-old senior running back Joe Thomas, Sr. out onto the field for the first time. Thomas then took the handoff and gained three yards in his collegiate debut.

There's no official way of confirming if Thomas is the oldest player to ever appear in a college football game, but many believe it to be true. Four years ago, at age 51, Joe was an entrepreneur in South Carolina with a construction company and a training facility, but saw his business wiped out by the recession. He decided to pursue a degree in engineering and revive his athletic career, so he enrolled at South Carolina State, along with his son Joe Thomas, Jr. - now a Green Bay Packer.

He practiced on and off with the team as a scout player over his four years. Thomas was finally cleared by the NCAA to play with two weeks remaining in the season and the Bulldogs officially added him to their roster the morning of the game.

Joe's entire focus wasn't on football, however. In May, graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial technology with a focus in engineering.



Hunter Renfrow (Chosen by Coach Dabo Swinney)

Hunter Renfrow Hunter Renfrow was an original walk-on who earned a scholarship in August 2015, and has put together one of the great stories in Clemson football history. In two National Championship games, both against the University of Alabama, Hunter has scored four touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown with one second to play in the 2016 title game. The catch secured Clemson's second College Football National Championship in its history.

Growing up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as the son of a former Wofford football player, Hunter was a standout athlete. He graduated from Socastee High School as an All-State football and baseball player and decided to attend Clemson and attempt to walk-on the football team.

After redshirting the 2014 season, it didn't take Hunter long to catch the eye of his coaches, who awarded him a scholarship before the 2015 season. He started 10 games that season, but his biggest impact was made during the College Football Playoffs. In two games, Hunter posted 11 catches for 147 yards and three scores.

In 2016, even though he missed four games due to a broken hand, Hunter earned the Hustle Award for offense. It was his clutch performance in the National Championship Game that once again endeared him to teammates and fans. Hunter had 10 catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with one second remaining.



Dr. Kenneth Caldwell (Chosen by Coach Brent Thompson)

Kenneth Caldwell Kenny Caldwell was raised in Anderson, SC, playing football at T.L. Hanna High School under coach Jim Fraser, graduating in 1975. Recruited by Cal McCombs, he entered The Citadel on a football scholarship playing under Coach Bobby Ross and Art Baker until graduation in 1979.

While at The Citadel, Kenny was a four-year starter at linebacker and punter, twice being named All Southern Conference as a linebacker. He was named 1st Team Academic All American three consecutive years and Honorable Mention All American.

He attended the Medical University of South Carolina, graduating as a Medical Doctor in 1983. A five year residency ensued through 1988 in Orthopedic Surgery at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. In 1989 he fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine under Dr. Jack Hughston at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia. At the completion of his fellowship he returned to Charleston to enter private practice. Additionally at the invitation of Dr. E.K. Wallace, the residing team physician at the Citadel, he stepped into the position of Team Doctor, where this fall he begins his 27th year as the team physician to Citadel Bulldog Athletics and the Corp of Cadets. Kenny was named to the Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986 and the CoSida National Academic All American Hall of Fame in 2008.

Married for 37 years to a Clemson Tiger, Marianne Gibson Caldwell of Greenville, they have four adult children, two grandchildren and are expecting a third any day. Both Kenny and Marianne were active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in their college years, sponsored The Citadel huddle in the 1990's, the Wando High School huddle in early 2000's and served on both the local and state boards. Together they have taught a Newlyweds class at their church, East Cooper Baptist, for 19 years. They reside in Awendaw, SC on the Wando River. The two together have hosted over 50 weddings and corporate events at their home, which Marianne oversees as an event planner and Kenny, the groundskeeper, in his spare time.