Pat Preston

Inducted: 1980
  • Born in Kernersville, NC, 1921; Raised in Mills Home orphanage in Thomasville, NC
  • Unusual circumstances enabled him to be a star lineman at two schools
  • Named All-SC for Wake Forest University in 1942
  • Entered Duke University in 1943 to take part in Marine V-12 program
  • Played football at Duke, gaining all-American recognition in 1943
  • Wounded on Okinawa in 1945
  • After completing military service, he played for Chicago Bears from 1946–1949
  • Assistant football coach Wake Forest from 1950–1953
  • Served as athletic director at Wake Forest from 1954–1955