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Fran the Man
Fran Tarketnton retired after 18
seasons as the NFL's all-time
leader in passing yards and TD's.
Matt Stafford became the fourth
player from the University to be
selected first in the NFL Draft
when the Detroit Lions picked
him in 2009.  Stafford became
the 4th QB in NFL history to pass
for 5,000+ yards in a season with
a stellar 2011 campaign.
Hines Ward
This former Bulldog retired
after the 2011 season as a 4x
Pro Bowl selection, 2x Super
Bowl champion and the
Super Bowl XL MVP.  Ward
also greatly impacted the
Steelers record book by
retiring as the franchise's
all-time leader in receptions,
receiving yards and
touchdown catches.
Fran Tarkenton: 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.  

Charley Trippi: 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.
UGA Players
Selected With the First
Pick of the NFL Draft
  • Frank Sinkwich HB,
    1943 - Detroit Lions
  • Charley Trippi, HB,
    1945 - Chicago
    Cardinals
  • Harry Babcock, E,
    San Francisco 49ers
  • Matthew Stafford,
    QB - 2009 Detroit
    Lions
Headed Towards Canton?
Georgia Bulldogs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Two stars that first cut their football teeth in Athens have advanced to enshrinement
in Canton, Ohio.
Champ Bailey: 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
a game.

Terrell Davis: 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.

Guy McIntyre: 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 in
San Francisco, Green Bay and Philadelphia.  
McIntyre earned 5 Pro Bowl berths and was a
3x All-Pro.

Richard Seymour: 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
All-Decade Team.

Hines Ward: 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.

Jake Scott: 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.
(First announced in 1967)

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Kendrell Bell 2001 Pittsburgh
Steelers


AP NFL MVP’s (The award was first announced in 1957)
Fran Tarkenton 1975 Minnesota Vikings
Terrell Davis 1998 Denver Broncos

Super Bowl MVP’s
Jake Scott Super Bowl VII (1972 season) Miami Dolphins
Terrell Davis Super Bowl XXXII (1997 season) Denver Broncos
Hines Ward Super Bowl XL (2005 season) New England Patriots
UGA Major NFL Award Winners
A "Super" Star
Jake Scott is one of three stars from
the University of Georgia to earn
14-7 Super Bowl VII win over
Washington, Scott recorded two
interceptions to help keep
Washington's offense off the
scoreboard.
A Jack of all Trades
Charley Trippi earned a spot on
the NFL's 1940s All-Decade
Team with his combination of
passing, running and receiving
skills.
"T.D."
The T.D. Nickname suited
Terrell Davis throughout his
career.  However it was his
1998 season that set the bar as
Davis rushed for 2,008 yards,
21 TD's and NFL MVP honors.  
A knee injury struck in 1999 and
Davis was only scored 4 more
times in his career.
Suddenly Seymour
After being picked in the
first round of the 2001
NFL Draft, this 6-6,
tackle has been an
imposing defensive
force in both New
England and  the
Oakland Raiders.
Became a General and Retired a Cowboy
Following his 1982 Heisman Trophy winning season, Walker
bucked the NFL for the new USFL.  Walker led the league in
rushing in 1983 and 1985 including 2,411 rushing yards in
'85.  The Georgia legend jumped to the NFL's Dallas
Cowboys in 1986 and played 12 more pro seasons that saw
him play in Minnesota, Philadelphia, NY (Giants) and a 2nd
tour in Dallas for his last two seasons.  Walker rushed for
8,225 yards in the NFL and added 4,859 yards receiving
while totaling 82 total TD's in those two categories.  Walker
also excelled as a kick returner and added two more scores.  
Walker earned 2x All-Pro selections in his NFL career.
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