A two-time all-state selection, Pinkett scored 57 career touchdowns and rushed for more than 4,700 yards for the Patriots. He finished his senior season with 1,363 yards and 19 touchdowns on 207 carries, but the best performance of his career came in the state championship game during his junior season, when he notched 230 yards and a state-record five touchdowns.

Pickett went on to become the second-leading rusher in Notre Dame history, with 4,131 yards and 49 touchdowns on 889 carries. He went over the 1,000-yard mark each of his final three seasons with the Fighting Irish and was drafted by Houston in the third round in 1986.

"I had heard all about [Pinkett] and knew he was a track star, too, but coming into [a track meet at Clarke County] he had a pulled hamstring," said Patriots Coach Charlie Pierce, then a coach at Clarke County.

"So since he couldn't run or jump, they had him throw. And without even being able to take the steps with the shot put or spin with the discus, he walked up to the line and pulled out 47-some feet in the shot and 145-plus in the discus like it was nothing. He was just explosive."