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Bulldog legend Zippy Morocco dead at age 86

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There was sad news out of Athens this morning with the word that Bulldog legend Anthony “Zippy” Morocco passed away at his home in Athens on Sunday at the age of 86.

Morocco starred at Georgia from 1950 to 1953 in football and basketball. A member of both the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Georgia Circle of Honor, Morocco attended the University on a football scholarship but managed to also become Georgia’s first basketball All-American. In 1953 Morocco averaged 23.6 points per game on the way to smashing the then-SEC record for points scored in a season (540) by scoring 590. Morocco played receiver for the gridiron Bulldogs, leading the team in kickoff returns for three season and punt returns for two.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio and the son of immigrants, Morocco settled in Athens after his playing career and military service, eventually entering the real estate business and becoming a fixture in the Classic City. Our condolences to family and friends. DGD.