Georgia Bulldogs: Charley Trippi

You’ve no doubt been flooded with online stories, social media jokes and commentary about the Mayan doomsday scenario that supposedly arrives today, 12/21/12.

Let’s hope it’s not the end of the world as we know it. But just for conversation’s sake, let’s imagine that it is.

Caring about Georgia football would seem fairly trivial at that point, wouldn’t it? But that subject is why we gather here at DawgNation. So if the clock stopped on the Bulldogs program tomorrow, what would have been its legacy?

Although there is no shortage of notable achievements in program history, I’d think any discussion of Georgia football would have to begin with the Herschel Walker era of the early 1980s. The three seasons when Walker -- arguably the best running back in college football history and the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner -- was on campus represent Georgia’s all-time high-water mark.

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UGA celebrates 'Charley Trippi Day' 

April, 13, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Hundreds of friends, family and dignitaries gathered Friday afternoon at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education to honor Charley Trippi -- a coal miner’s son from Pennsylvania who starred at Georgia in the 1940s and went on to become one of the most accomplished football players of all time.

A host of speakers paid tribute to the 90-year-old Trippi at the dais, including Athens mayor Nancy Denson, who declared Friday “Charley Trippi Day” in his adopted hometown.

“To me, this is a great day. I will cherish it the rest of my life,” Trippi said.
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."

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