Once upon a time, Anthony Poindexter was an All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year at Virginia, roaming the defensive backfield for the Cavaliers.
Before that, however, the man they call Dex was a three-sport standout at Jefferson Forest High in Lynchburg.
It is those high school exploits that cemented Poindexter a spot in the VHSL Hall of Fame Class of 2013 announced recently.
Poindexter and his class will be inducted October 14 at the Doubletree Hotel in Charlottesville.
"Clearly this is one of the biggest honors I've ever gotten and just a credit to the coaching staff I had in high school in all three sports and all the teammates I played with," Poindexter said Wednesday. "I had a great experience. A lot of people aren't fortunate like me to have great coaches and great teammates in their high school days."
Poindexter was a first-team all-state selection in football his junior and senior seasons as a quarterback and safety and was also the 1993 AP Group AA Player of the Year that senior campaign.
He led the Cavaliers to three state title game appearances with two victories.
"Obviously playing in the state championship, not a lot of players are able to play in one and I was in three in a row and able to win two of them," Poindexter said.
He was also a first-team all-state centerfielder on the baseball team and was an all-district selection for basketball.
"I loved all three sports but eventually had to pick one and football ended up being the one," Poindexter laughed.
In addition to the All-ACC Player of the Year honor, he was also a two-time first-team All-American and played three seasons in the NFL. He has been an assistant on the UVa coaching staff the last 10 years.
"it's kind of a unique experience," he said. "I like to think of myself as still being kind of young so I guess it will start sinking in as the years start going by."
While he hasn't given the recognition much thought just yet, Poindexter says he looks back on his high school days quite fondly.
"I had a lot of memorable moments in high school, I was part of two state championship football teams, played in a third one, basketball we had some good teams, baseball we went to the playoffs so I had some great memories and really had some great high school years."
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