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Clemson returns to GSP Airport to a hero's welcome

Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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The pilot of the flight bringing the Clemson Tigers flew the Clemson flag from his window.

Scott Stevens

The pilot of the flight bringing the Clemson Tigers flew the Clemson flag from his window.



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The GSP fire department greeted the Tigers' flight with a water canon salute.

Scott Stevens

The GSP fire department greeted the Tigers' flight with a water canon salute.



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Buses that will take the Tigers back to Clemson pull up to the plane.

Scott Stevens

Buses that will take the Tigers back to Clemson pull up to the plane.



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Players disembark the plane to board buses to Clemson for a 4:30 rally.
 

Scott Stevens

Players disembark the plane to board buses to Clemson for a 4:30 rally.

 



 

The National College Football Champion Clemson Tigers arrived at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Tuesday afternoon to hundreds of cheering fans peering through a fence at the charter terminal's parking lot.

The players quickly deplaned to board buses for the caravan back to Clemson.

Clemson will host a National Championship Parade Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.  The parade with start in downtown Clemson and end at the Tigers' Football Complex (WestZone).

The parade route:

• begins on College Ave. downtown.

• right on 93
 
• left on Williamson and stops at the entrance to the gill on the east side of the stadium
 
Clemson became the first team to beat Alabama in a national title game, defeating the No.1 ranked Crimson Tide, 35-31, Monday night in the College Football Playoff at Tampa, Fla.

Quarterback Deshaun Watson found Hunter Renfrow for a 2-yard touchdown pass with one second remaining to give the Tigers their first national championship since 1981.

A year after Alabama won the title with a 45-40 classic in Arizona, Clemson denied the Tide an unprecedented fifth championship in eight seasons.

 

 

 

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