The potential "good football player" had just returned from the Pacific Theater in WW II where he served in the U.S. Army with the 11th Airborne Division. Hazel's brother , by the way, was Frank Howard, the legendary Clemson University football coach. Coach Howard knew he had 39 names on the list for the upcoming season and he needed 40 to fill up the football team barracks. So just like that with the stroke of a pen, he added Fred Cone from Pine Apple, Alabama to the list.
Hazel turned out to be a pretty good judge of talent. Her neighbor finished his college career at Clemson with eight 100-yard career rushing games, 31 touchdowns and 189 points. He was also the team kicker and did a little punting on the side. Not bad for a guy who grew up in a town of 100 and attended a one room school from kindergarten through high school and never played a down of football in his life until he arrived at Clemson.
Hazel's neighbor has also received more than a few accolades over the years. Among them is the fact that Fred has been inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, the Clemson Hall of Fame, the Clemson Ring of Honor and the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame.