Monday, February 20, 2012
Georgia names awards for Trippi, Sinkwich
By David Ching
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia announced Monday that it will name new annual football team awards in honor of Bulldogs greats and College Football Hall of Famers Frank Sinkwich and Charley Trippi.
Beginning this fall, the Sinkwich Award will go to the Bulldogs' toughest player and the Trippi Award will go to the team's most versatile player.
"It must have been a special experience to see these two great Georgia players compete on the field," Georgia coach Mark Richt said Monday in a university release. "It's appropriate to have two awards honoring Sinkwich and Trippi, both of whom were great players, graduates of the University, and always willing to give back to their alma mater."
Despite playing nearly the entire 1941 season with a broken jaw, Sinkwich led Georgia to a 9-1-1 record, capped by a 382-yard performance in the Bulldogs' win against TCU in the Orange Bowl. The Heisman Trophy winner led Georgia to an 11-1 record in 1942, winning SEC and national titles before becoming the first pick in the 1943 NFL draft.
Trippi won the Maxwell Award in 1946 as the nation's top player after leading Georgia to an 11-0 record, SEC title and Sugar Bowl victory against North Carolina. He was a regular on offense, defense, punter and kick returner as a Bulldog.
Trippi also was the first pick in the NFL draft, in 1947, and led the Chicago Cardinals to the NFL title as a rookie -- the first season of a standout career that led to his eventual induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.