The University of Georgia football program has produced a tremendous line of players that have made a tremendous impact in the college and professional ranks. UGA has produced Heisman Trophy winners, Pro Football Hall of Famers, Super Bowl MVP’s and more!
Georgia Heisman Winners
Two UGA stars have captured college football’s top individual award. Sinckwich’s Heisman achievement marked the first time a player from the SEC won the award that was first presented in 1935.
- Frank Sinkwich – 1942
- Herschel Walker – 1982
iscover which UGA football legends have made the biggest impact in Pro Football
Georgia Bulldogs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Four stars that first cut their football teeth in Athens have advanced to official NFL legendary status with their enshrinement in Canton, Ohio.
2017 Inductee: In what was certainly the steal of the 1995 Draft, the Denver Broncos were able to snag Davis in the sixth round. Davis ran with a passion that seemed he was constantly out to prove himself. In eight NFL seasons, Davis was a 3x All-Pro selection, the 1998 NFL MVP and a 2x Super Bowl champion. With a 157-yard rushing effort combined with 3 TD’s, Davis won Super Bowl
XXXII MVP honors following Denver’s upset win over Brett Favre and the Packers. Davis
retired with 7,607 career rushing yards and 60 TD’s. When he rushed for 2,008 yards in 1998, he became one of very few individuals to surpass the 2,000 yard mark in a season.
Inducted in 1986: Tarkenton joined the minnesota Vikings in 1961 as a 3rd round draft choice. The Richmond, VA native’s career spanned an amazing 18 years that saw the scrambling QB earned nine Pro Bowl selections and two First-Team All-Pro Selections.
Tarkenton the Vikings to three Super Bowl appearances and was named the NFL’s 1975 MVP. Although remembered primarily as a Minnesota Viking, Tarkenton played five seasons (1967-71) before rejoining Minnesota. Tarkenton threw for an amazing 47,003 passing yards and 342 touchdowns. When he retired from the NFL, Tarkenton was the career leader in total passing yards and passing TD’s. The record-setting NFL star also rushed for 3,674 yards and 32 scores.
Inducted in 1968: After earning All-American honors twice and
a Maxwell Award as a collegiate star, Trippi was the first player selected in the
1945 NFL Draft when the Chicago Cardinals picked him. Playing both halfback
and quarterback, Trippi played nine seasons for the Cardinals. Along with
winning a 1947 NFL Championship with Chicago,Trippi was a 3x All-Pro selection and is a member of the NFL 1940s All-Decade
Team. The Cardinals star rushed for 3,506 yards and 23 TD’s, passed for 2,547
yards and 16 scores while also gaining 1,321 receiving yards and 11 scores.
After winning the Nagurski
Trophy as a senior in 1998, Bailey was
selected with the overall 7th pick of the 1999
NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.
Bailey played for the Redskins through the
2003 season before being traded to Denver
in 2004. With his credentials including 11 Pro
Bowls and being a 6x All-Pro, Bailey is a likely
first-ballot selection when he is eligible for
Pro Football Hall of Fame induction.
Additional accolades for the Broncos DB
include being named to the Broncos 50th
Anniversary Team, and being the youngest
player in NFL history to intercept 3 passes in
Following his selection by
San Francisco in the 3rd round of the 1984
NFL Draft, the offensive guard helped lead the
way to three 49ers Super Bowl titles. The
former UGA star played 13 NFL seasons inSan Francisco, Green Bay and Philadelphia.
McIntyre earned 5 Pro Bowl berths and was a
Since entering the NFL
with the overall 6th pick of the 2001 NFL Draft
(New England), Seymour has been a
defensive wrecking crew. While with the
Patriots through 2008, Seymour was a 3x
Super Bowl winner. Seymour has played in
Oakland since being traded in 2009. The
defensive tackle (through 2011) is a 6x NFL
All-Pro and was named to the NFL’s 2000s
The former Bulldog retired
from Pittsburgh after 14 tremendous
seasons. While becoming a fan-favorite,
Ward earned 4 Pro Bowl selections, was a 2x
Super Bowl champion and was the Super
Bowl XL MVP. Ward set franchise career
highs with 1,000 career receptions, 12,083
receiving yards and 85 TD catches.
After earning All-American
honors at Georgia in 1968, Scott first played
pro ball as a BC Lion (CFL) in 1969. The
safety joined the Miami Dolphins in 1970 and
became a 2x Super Bowl champion while
winning Super Bowl VII MVP honors. Scott
played his last two seasons (1977-78) in
Washington. While totaling 49 career
interceptions, Scott was a 5x Pro Bowl
selection and a 2x First-Team All-Pro.