Tech’s Sean Bedford honored

Georgia Tech’s Sean Bedford was named today the winner of the inaugural 2010 Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation’s best player who was formerly a walk-on.

Bedford, a native of Gainesville, Fla., is a two-time All-ACC player at center. This season he has helped the Yellow Jackets lead the nation in rushing.

“I am extremely honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Burlsworth Trophy, Bedford said in a statement. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Mr. Burlsworth accomplished and it is humbling to be mentioned in the same caliber with him. I would like to thank the Burlsworth family, my coaches, teammates and friends for helping me earn this award.”

The award is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, former University of Arkansas walk-on and All-American offensive lineman. He was selected in the third round of the 1999 NFL draft by Indianapolis, but was killed in a car accident 11 days later. The Burlsworth Foundation was created in his memory and supports the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children that have limited opportunities.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

46 comments Add your comment

Sanford Drive

December 15th, 2010
4:18 pm

42-34 hahahahaha

Tech Man

December 15th, 2010
4:26 pm

Sanford Drive-typical trailer red neck talk. This story is not about a stupid ball game, it’s about an individual overcoming obstacles to become a very good football player. Get back in your pick up truck, spit your tobacco, and yell whoof, whoof.

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 15th, 2010
4:43 pm

Congrats Sean on the award it will look great next to your Aerospace Engineering Degree.

sanford stadium full of inbreds

December 15th, 2010
4:45 pm

wow, I am sure this has to be some kind of mistake according to Mark Bradley, I am sure the Ky qb should have been given such a honor NOT…

congrats Sean,


December 15th, 2010
4:46 pm

Congrats Sean! I have no idea how you balanced it all, but kudos to you for your hard work.


December 15th, 2010
5:13 pm

So the previous post on Hewitt getting elected to the board of trustees at his alma mater gets shut down huh? Nice! Must have been all of the vile comments coming from Tech fans on him.

I can’t for the life of me see why he would be elected to a board of anything. He has probably donated more to charity than I ever will, but the simple fact is he’s not a very good basketball coach in the ACC and should resign, or be fired.

Outside Observer

December 15th, 2010
5:44 pm

Congrats Sean. You have been a positive influence on and off the field and you will be a great ambassador for Georgia Tech in the future.

Sanford Drive… You are just pathetic. And an embarrassment to your fanbase. I guess you have nothing to do until you get that check from the government. Enjoy trolling. You are making a great name for yourself

Jacket Backer

December 15th, 2010
5:47 pm

Congrats Sean! Good luck in your future endeavors. I’m sure you will be very successful in anything you do.

Go Jackets!!

Outside Observer

December 15th, 2010
5:55 pm

On a side note, Sporting News had named Bedford to their list of the 20 Smartest Athletes in Sports. There are some impressive names on that list. I thought about insulting Georgia here, but I won’t. Fans like sanford drive are enough of an embarrassment. No need to rub it in.


December 15th, 2010
6:02 pm

LOL @ the Hewitt Blog shut down for comments… We all wished he would take his azz up to ST. Johns, and let Tech progress for once.


December 15th, 2010
6:27 pm

Congrats to Bedford. How he balanced a major in aerospace engineering with a starting position on a major college football team is beyond me.

Maybe he needs to write a book on time management.


December 15th, 2010
7:14 pm

Outstanding! Great job Sean….


December 15th, 2010
10:29 pm

Outstanding and well-deserved. Congrats Sean! We will miss seeing you play but know that you will represent the Jacket nation well.

v8 cat

December 15th, 2010
10:37 pm

Sanford Drive – You show what a low-lfe you are by your comments here when a GT player who is and outstanding person is being honored. Low-Class – I hope some classy bulldog fans will call you out on this. You really need your a–s kicked.

Man up...

December 16th, 2010
1:10 am

I love this guy’s story. Georgia Tech’s own Rudy – except that Bedford would’ve steamrolled Rudy all day long! Sean, I hope you make it into a great lawschool (try Vandy for IP Law – you won’t be the only GT BSAE grad in the program!) and continue to contribute to the Georgia Tech community. We students are inspired by your grit and work ethic, sir. Keep climbing and GO JACKETS!


December 16th, 2010
6:43 am

Once again, Techies can spread whatever lies and hate they want about UGA players (there all thugs, can’t read, etc.), but somebody posts a freaking final score and these sissies go running straight to mommy. My God you clowns are the biggest effing joke on the planet.

Congrats to Sean Bedford. Its ashame you had to play for the most worthless fans in all of sports.

Old Gold Britches

December 16th, 2010
7:09 am

Congratulations Sean! All the best with your future!

Proud to be a YELLOW JACKET!!!!

Ramblin Man

December 16th, 2010
7:39 am

Congrats Sean.


December 16th, 2010
8:24 am

And people wonder why Tech fans NEVER root for UGA.

Country Jacket

December 16th, 2010
9:00 am

Congratulations! Time and time again you led the way when we need it. You’ll be remembered at Georgia Tech for a long time. Hoping the best for you in all that you may pursue!

Sanford Drives......

December 16th, 2010
9:03 am

….a garbage truck. Hale Almand was wrong.

O. Hale Almand, Jr.

December 16th, 2010
9:07 am

““We may not make a university student out of him, but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

- opening statement on behalf of UGA (defendant), Atlanta Federal Court, January 1986


December 16th, 2010
10:05 am

Budman, I don’t think anyone wonders that. 1 win in 10 years clown. We’re your worst nightmare. I’d think you were even dumber that you already are if you DID cheer for us.

“Its just a game dawg…” Well rounded student-athlete Reggie Ball’s comments after yet another UGA beatdown.

“The University of Georgia Tech”. Well rounded student-athlete Stephon Marbury after his one and only season at the Joke by Coke.

Could you morons be any more full of crap?

Big Ol Stinger

December 16th, 2010
10:28 am

To save the HOPE scholarship, maybe UGA should be closed, the real estate sold to the highest bidder. All funds spent on that cess pool re-directed to the real schools and student athletes in this state (like Bedford.

We’d save the HOPE and eliminate an embarrassment to the entire state.

What do you say Sanford Drive=dawgfan?

the real Old Gold

December 16th, 2010
10:37 am

There’s no such thing as “The University of Georgia Tech.”


December 16th, 2010
11:25 am

the real Old Gold, you would think that the well rounded student athletes that Tech produces would know that wouldn’t you?

Big Ol Stinger, I’d say you are on crack cocaine. UGA is one of the oldest public universities in the nation. It isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The only people who hold such strong negative feelings for it are bitter Techies that are jealous of its status as THE flagship university of the state of Georgia. And I’m sure the fact that we own you like a rented mule in football contributes to your bitterness as well. Mark Richt could fart in public and it would make the AJC headlines. We get all the attention. We get all the “sidewalk fans.” We get all the money. We have more local alums. We have more fun than you do. We have a bigger stadium. We play on TV more than your team does. We have more players in the NFL than you do. Our coach makes a lot more money than your coach does. We are better looking than you. Our campus is so beautiful that its been in movies. You find dead bodies on your campus. We’re just better than you Techie. Jealousy kills.

Who's the Next BB Coach?

December 16th, 2010
12:08 pm

Great to read about a quality player who is also a quality person and student. And a rocket scientist to boot…haha…or at least an AE. After a 6-6 year it’s so much better to get good news like this than having to review countless rap sheets and checking the police blotters like they do in Athens.


December 16th, 2010
12:27 pm

That is great news! So happy for Sean! He deserved it! He was the perfect student-athlete! Good luck in the rest of your life!

Prof George Zinkhan

December 16th, 2010
12:42 pm

What was dawgfan saying about dead bodies?



December 16th, 2010
1:25 pm

dawgfan, please take EVERYTHING you said in your 11:25 post and answer one question…”WHY is it that ALL these things add up to ONLY half of the national championships Tech has in football?”.


December 16th, 2010
1:28 pm

One other thing; in regards to your statement that we have to ‘make up lies’ about pup players….ALL we have to do is READ about it in the papers. EVEN pup fans understand this!


December 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

Macrotech, are there any plans to invite members of the 1917, 1928, and 1952 national championship teams back to campus for a commemorative halftime ceremony? I must admit that those were some magical years for the Yellow Jackets. That 1917 team in particular could play with anybody. I’ll never forget that long ride home in the Model T after they laid it to us that year.

Yes, that is exactly how dumb you sound bragging about decades old, in one case CENTURY OLD, national titles. Not a single one of them was concensus either. Talk about desperate. My God.

And yes, Techies are dirty filthy liars. There are over 100 members of the UGA football team. There were only 11 arrests. Of those 11 arrests, any major offenders are no longer part of the team. Yet you liars paint the whole entire team with the same wide brush. You know its a lie and you do it anyway. How do you know a Techie is lying? Their lips are moving.

ancient history?

December 16th, 2010
2:43 pm

dawgfan, how long before 1980 becomes ancient history? As far as consensus, there is no such thing. Every year, including 1980, there are numerous institutions that bestow a national championship. According to my research, in 1980, UGA, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Oklahoma and FSU all received at least one national championship honor. Is that what you mean by consensus? 30 years of frustration is beginning to show.

pop quiz

December 16th, 2010
2:51 pm

what does 2010 have in common with 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991,1992,1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008 and 2009? I’m glad it hurts so much.


December 16th, 2010
3:20 pm

I must have missed the part where I came on here bragging about 1980. In fact, I don’t think I’ve said a single solitary word about 1980. But since you brought it up, UGA is 23-8 vs. your joke half azzed football program since 1980. But at least you’ve got those 1928 and 1917 championships to hang your hats on. LMAO.

Educated Idiot

December 16th, 2010
3:34 pm


We realize you have nothing else to do since the ice had your grade school closed today, but please find something more productive to do with your time. Read a book. Take a nap. Play in traffic. Do anything but pretend like you’re actually associated with a college. Words like “azzed” and “LMAO” clearly show you are nowhere near college age.


December 16th, 2010
4:11 pm

dawgfan, I like the way you avoided the question…did the pups not have teams back then?


December 16th, 2010
4:15 pm

“Techies” lied?! What “Techies” lied about pup players? ALL of those players were reported by EVERY paper in Georgia…when did we get a School of Journalism?! The problem with you, is that you can’t handle the truth! Go dawgs! INDEED, go dawgs!

ga tech 92

December 16th, 2010
4:20 pm

Grats Sean Bedford, that’s awesome and you rock dude!

pop quiz, part d'eux

December 16th, 2010
4:56 pm

What will Auburn soon have in common with Alabama, Florida, LSU, and Tennessee? Hint, UGA won’t have one for quite some time. I’m so glad it still hurts. FYI, mutts, d’eux is French for 2.

Dacula Jacket

December 17th, 2010
8:04 pm

Sanford Drive has to be the biggest dbag on the planet.

Dacula Jacket

December 17th, 2010
8:06 pm

You too dawgfan. Why don’t you go pleasure you wife instead of posting on a Tech blog. Loser.

David Polelark

December 18th, 2010
12:02 am

We’un from the “if we can teach them to read and write” university are proud of our graduates also. We got some that can drive the garbage truck instead of loading it. Hey, did I tell you I have learned a new word. Catch my next show I will be using it a lot. It’s got 3 of them symbols or silly bols or whatever the hell you call them.


December 18th, 2010
8:24 pm

Congratualtions to Sean Bedford for winning the Burlsworth Trophy. Few and far between are young men with the intelligence and physical abilities this young man displays and my answer of him being voted as one of the 20 smartest athletes is WOW. I wish him luck in the future. I am a UGA grad and I agree with Outside Observer – Sanford Drive and Dawgfan are both embarrassments to real UGA fans.


December 20th, 2010
9:42 am

hey Sanford Drive…we know the score….we know we beat us, UGA didn’t. You are a single minded moron and I know not typical of UGA grads or fans as I have many of them as friends///Grow upand they think you are just a tad dumber than uga the dawg…but you probably look a little prettier…at least we hope you do. Grow up and get back to work delivering those pizza’s


December 21st, 2010
9:39 am

THWG means you ignore them……….