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Join Host Joe Lisi (former ABC Sports college football researcher) as he speaks with former Virginia Cavalier and NFL RB Terry Kirby.

Kirby was a standout high school athelte in the state off Virginia and became the Cavaliers 3 All-Time leading rusher with 3,348 rushing yards with 24 touchdowns while averaging 5.9 yards per carry from 1989-1992.

He was a dual threat running back who had great vision, speed and was a threat to take it the distance every time he touched the football. Kirby had great hands and was a threat for the Cavaliers and quarterback Shawn Moore.

Kirby became a 3rd round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 1993 NFL Draft and burst onto the scene in South Florida with an impressive rookie season. In his first year in Miami, Kirby rushed for 390 rushing yards with touchdowns on the ground. However, he was lethal in the passing game by cathing 75 passes for 874 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. Kirby became quarterback Dan Marino's main target in third down situations and created mismatches with he great speed.

In his 10 year career, Kirby rushed for 2,875 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also caught 333 passes for 3,222 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Later in his career, Kirby was utilized in teh kicking game by the San Francisco 49'ers and the Oakland Raiders. Kirby stepped up and had 4 career kick returns for touchdowns (3 kickoff, 1 punt).

Kirby was one of the most complete running backs in the league at that time. He was a very tough running back who played the game with intensity and continued to learn about how to become a better football player. He was a student of the game and understood the mental aspect of the NFL as well as the physcial part.

Today Kirby is a role model to younger atheltes by teaching them the fundamentals in become better atheltes and individuals off the field as well.