After graduating from Emerald as one of the best kickers and punters in program history, Christopher Tommie will be inducted into Emerald’s Hall of Fame tonight as the Vikings’ football team takes on Woodruff.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been back, so it’ll be good to watch them play and get back to where it all started,” Tommie said.
Tommie, who graduated in June 2005, was named All-State in 2003 and 2004. He was also named the South Carolina Coaches Association Kicker/Punter of the Year in 2004.
He also made the 2004 South Carolina Shrine Bowl team, making him just one of two players in Emerald history to have earned that honor.
Looking back on his high school football career, Tommie said his fondest memory was playing for the late Frank Hill, who died in September. Hill was the athletic director and football coach for the Vikings from the school’s inception until his retirement in 2004.
“He was a great man and a great coach, great leader,” Tommie said. “I think that’s one of the biggest things that sticks out for really anyone that played under him. Just having that kind of support and mentor to follow was great.”
During his senior season, Tommie averaged 41.6 yards per punt and had 30 of 35 kickoffs go for touchbacks. He recorded a 73-yard punt, which was ranked fifth longest in state history at the time, and a 58-yard field goal, which was ranked fourth longest.
After graduating from Emerald, Tommie continued his football career at Wofford as a punter and kickoff specialist. Tommie finished his senior season with a 43.8-yard punting average, earning him First Team All-Southern Conference honors.
Tommie now lives in Columbia and works for the Army National Guard as a project officer. His little brother, Emerald alum Will Tommie, is currently a kicker at South Carolina.
Christopher said he’s glad he’s able to spend time with his brother in Columbia and attend his games. When South Carolina has a home game, their parents will drive to Columbia and tailgate before watching Will play.
“I always give him crap because we grew up Clemson fans,” Christopher said with a laugh. “But it’s great. It’s just nice to watch him live out the dream he had, as far as playing for a big school.”