Whether he was donning a helmet and shoulder pads or a simple track uniform, Anthony (Tony) G. Perry, '77 left fans at Wilson Field gasping time after time.
Perry was a star receiver for four years for the Generals' football team and ranks as one of the top high jumpers in school history. Perry started as a split end his first two years and then moved to tight end for his final two seasons. He remains the school's all-time leader in receptions (154), receiving yards (2,122) and receiving touchdowns (16). Perry caught a career-high 48 passes in his sophomore season.
In his junior season he caught a career-high six touchdown passes, including three in W&L's come from behind win over Georgetown in the final game of the season. Two of those catches came in the final quarter. Perry had a knack for the big play and averaged nearly 14 yards per catch, including over 18 yards his senior year.
Perry earned first team All-America honors in 1976 from the American Football Coaches Association and was also named the inaugural Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year that season. He also served as a co-captain his senior year and helped W&L to a 5-5 mark, the school's first .500 season in nearly a decade. He earned at least honorable mention all-conference honors every season.
A native of nearby Waynesboro, Va., Perry and teammate Phifer Helms became the first W&L track athletes to qualify for the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in 1974. Perry qualified for the national meet in 1975 and was a four-year letter-winner.