There are many notable alumni at the University of Georgia, such as . Champ Bailey, Knowshon Moreno, Garrison Hearst, and Fran Tarkenton to name a few (Google it. He was good). But who is the best alumni football player to every ever wear the silver and red?
I have to admit, I personally think that this is a loaded question. When I did an alumni football game down in Savannah, Georgia 2 years ago, I got to meet Demarcus Dobbs. Nice guy. Soft spoken. And even though Dobbs is a mountain of a man and is doing well with the 49ers, his ‘celebrity career’ has not yet taken off. A short stint on the injured reserve is partially to blame. Other Being an amazing 49er lineman is another.
Yes, Savannah loves Demarcus Dobbs, but Savannah today, along with most of Georgia, is still Herschel Walker country.
was is probably the most amazing running back to ever grace the field in college. I think that the only thing that holds this conversation back is Walker's lackluster career. Haven't we all made bad choices? Herschel chose to leave college early (back when it wasn't allowed in the NFL) and play for the USFL's New Jersey Generals. He was amazing with the Generals, breaking the single season rushing record with 2411 yards in 1985. Unfortunately, it's a lot like being the prettiest girl in a small school in Iowa with a class of 27 kids (sorry Iowa).
When Herschel Walker finally entered the NFL finally, he was 24 and still a young man. He spent 2 years playing fullback in front of Tony Dorsett with the Dallas Cowboys. In his 3rd year with the Cowboys, he broke out, amassing yards left and right. He ended the season with 1514 yards rushing and 505 yards receiving. In 1989, the Cowboys traded him for almost literally the farm in Minnesota. The Vikings gave up 5 players and 6 draft picks for Walker. Emmit Smith and Darren Woodson were two of those draft picks. It turned out to be a pretty good deal for the Cowboys. For Minnesota and Walker, not so much.
Walker played for the Vikings for 3 years and never amasses amassed 1000 yards in a single season. He had one more good year in him at Philadelphia in 1992, and then proceeded to sputter with Philly and the Giants before closing out his NFL career back in Dallas, where he rushed 16 times in 2 years.
None of this is meant to diminish Herschel Walker or his career. A series of bad choices and bad breaks can really ruin a college athlete. Look at Ryan Leaf (and hopefully Johnny Manziel...just kidding......sorta).
Walker was a Heisman trophy winner, a great player, and a tremendous physical specimen. Walker was a three-time All-American and also won the Maxwell Award. He is the only player in NCAA history to finish in the top 3 in Heisman voting for 3 seasons. Without playing his Senior year, he still ended up in the Top 10 of all timeall-time rushing yards. Walker is not only is one of the greatest Georgia Bulldogs to ever play - , but he is one of the greatest college players to ever play.
GridironAlumni is the username of Chris Hall. He is an avid sports fan, but is absolutely in love with football. He loves it so much that, he started his own company, putting on alumni football games all across the nation. To check out Gridiron Alumni's website, http://gridironalumni.com or connect with him on various social networks.