Shortly after college baseball season began, Bulldog Nation received the sad news that Lamar "Racehorse" Davis had passed away. Now, shortly before college baseball season ends, we once again are sorrowful in the wake of the recent death of John Rauch.
Rauch, who started 45 consecutive games at quarterback and became Georgia’s third S.E.C. Player of the Year in 1948, guided the Bulldogs to 36 wins and two S.E.C. championships in a four-year career that included berths in the Gator, Oil, Orange, and Sugar Bowls, as well as an 11-1 record against Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech.
Following a four-year playing career in the N.F.L., Rauch went into coaching, serving as a Georgia assistant under Wally Butts in the 1950s before serving a three-year stint as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders that included a trip to what would later be known as the Super Bowl.
The Georgia all-American died at his home in his sleep at the age of 80. The thoughts and prayers of Bulldog Nation are with the Rauch family.