DURHAM, N.C. - Former Duke football standout Art Gregory, a two-time All-America selection and member of three ACC Championship teams, passed away on Sunday morning at his home in Aiken, S.C. He was 71.
A native of Aiken, S.C., Gregory helped the Blue Devils to a three-year overall record of 23-8 from 1960-62 as Duke won three straight league titles with a 16-2 conference ledger. He was a member of Duke's squad that defeated Arkansas, 7-6, in the Cotton Bowl on January 2, 1961 in Dallas, Texas.
Gregory was a third team All-America selection as a junior in 1961, and went on to receive second team All-America honors following his senior campaign. Twice he was awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top blocker in the ACC. All three of Duke's teams that Gregory was a part of were ranked in the final polls (1960 - 10th AP; 11th UPI; 1961 - 20th AP; 1962 - 14th UPI).
A two-time first team All-ACC choice, Gregory was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989. He later served as Duke's ACC Legend in 2006.
Gregory was an executive director of the Coca-Cola Bottlers Association of America and a long-time member of the Peach Bowl selection committee.
Former Duke Teammates on Art Gregory:
"Art's honors and awards are well documented and truly deserved. He is a humble person and prefers to give credit to his family, coaches and teammates. All of the recognition he received, he was grateful. His determination and desire was infectious. He was quiet in the huddle but this ability to play the game was clearly demonstrated on the line of scrimmage. But when he did speak, it was to the point and we listened."
-- Dick Havens
"Inside, Art never doubted that he could block any lineman across from him or be prevented from getting to or containing the passer. As Carl James, another undersized Duke lineman, would say, he played with "mind over matter." His determination to be successful was obvious on the playing field and in life. He will be sorely missed by our teammates and Duke, which he honored in so many ways.
-- John Markas
"Art was the ultimate teammate. All he ever wanted was for Duke to be successful and for everyone to play at their highest level."
-- Walt Rappold
"He is a true football hero and he played a quiet, ferocious, precise game. He was a reliable teammate and he was the best offensive blocker I have seen."
-- Jean Berry
"Art was one of the best players and friend that a player and person could have. His contribution to Duke football was significant and there will be few linemen to match his record."
-- Mark Leggett
"It seems like only yesterday, rather than 50 years ago, that Art Gregory was holding court in the locker room at Duke with his quick wit and his wonderful outlook on life. Art was an outstanding football player, but an even better person. He is one of the most delightful people I have ever met. Art Gregory was and is the epitome of what a college football player should be. He appreciated the opportunity to play football and to study at Duke. He has remained a staunch supporter of Duke University and he remains a truly special and treasured friend to us all."
-- Zo Potts