.Former Clemson football captain passes

Steve Berlin, the defensive captain of the 1985 Clemson football team, passed away on Monday, Dec. 5 at a hospital in Anderson, S.C. He had just turned 60 on Nov. 20, 2022.

Berlin was a reserve on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship squad and then redshirted the 1982 season.

He was a top reserve in 1983 and started two years for the Tigers in 1984 and 1985.

A native of Bethel Park, Pa, Berlin had 31 tackles on Clemson’s 1983 team that finished the season with a 9-1-1 record and No. 11 final ranking.

 He started all 11 games in 1984 at defensive tackle alongside All-American William Perry and finished with a career-high 78 tackles, third on Danny Ford’s 1984 team.

The leading returning tackler for 1985, Berlin was on his way to an All-America season as a redshirt senior in 1985 when a knee injury ended his season in the eighth game.

 Berlin had 67 tackles in the first seven games that year and was on pace to set a school record for tackles per game by a defensive lineman.

But on the first play of the Wake Forest game, he suffered a right knee injury and never played for the Tigers again.

Despite the injury, Berlin was named first-team All-ACC at defensive tackle by the ACC Sportswriters Association and was an honorable mention All-American by Associated Press and Football News.

 He finished that year with 67 tackles, including nine tackles for loss and three sacks.

He had a season-high 12 tackles against Georgia and 10 tackles (three for loss) against Kentucky.