Five Favorite Bulldogs in the Pros

Fran the Man. (Minnesota Vikings)

Fran the Man. (Minnesota Vikings)

Let’s talk about Dogs in the pros.

A lot of UGA fans follow Bulldog players’ NFL careers closely and no doubt will be tuning in to the Pro Bowl this weekend, where Champ Bailey of the Broncos will be representing UGA. (Jon Stinchcomb of the Saints also would be in the game but he’s on a Super Bowl team.)

The list of other Bulldogs who’ve been selected for the Pro Bowl in the past includes, among others, such names as Broncos Super Bowl MVP and noted Chunky soup fan Terrell Davis, Rodney Hampton, Garrison Hearst, Len Hauss, Jimmy Orr, Mo Lewis, Guy McIntyre, Richard Seymour, Charley Trippi and Bobby Walston. And I’d long forgotten this, but in his very brief pro career with the Falcons, kicker Bobby Etter actually made the 1970 Pro Bowl.

(That also brings to mind probably the most unlikely Bulldog to grace an NFL roster: Ray Jeffords, who was a basketball player for the Dogs that the Falcons decided to draft as a tight end in 1968 for unfathomable reasons. Ah, Falcons draft history!)

Anyway, while on the subject of Bulldogs in the NFL, I thought I’d offer my highly subjective list of all-time pro Dogs. I don’t know if I’d classify them as the “best” so much as my “favorite” Bulldogs to play pro ball.

1. Fran Tarkenton, a fellow Athenian and one of only two Dogs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (the other being Charley Trippi, whose playing days I’m too young to remember).

2. Jake Scott of the great undefeated Dolphins team. Another product of the Athens YMCA, too.

3. Bill Stanfill, also on that Dolphins team.

4. Hines Ward, Steelers Super Bowl MVP.

5. Herschel Walker, whose combined rushing numbers for the USFL and the NFL (13,787 yards) would place him fifth on the NFL’s career rushing list if the USFL yards were counted (which they aren’t).

There’ve been a lot of other great Dogs in the pros. Who are your favorites?

BULLDOG BITES

Following up on Friday’s discussion about how UGA fans feel about Derek Dooley coaching Tennessee and his father’s mixed emotions about seeing his son go up against the Dogs, Vince Dooley was in Albany for the Quail Unlimited Celebrity Quail Hunt and told the Albany Herald that he doesn’t think he’ll attend the Oct. 9 home game between Georgia and his son’s Vols. “I’ve really decided now that I will sit home and watch the game,” he said. “I think that I’ll be a little bit of a distraction going to the game, so I’ll watch it at home on TV.” … UGA football historian Patrick Garbin notes that 118 years ago on this date UGA played its very first football game, a 50-0 victory over Mercer, attended by a crowd of 1,500 at what eventually became known as Herty Field in Athens. We’ve come a long way since then.

232 comments Add your comment

patrick

January 30th, 2010
11:48 am

UNDER Richt

Fact:………UGA was 12-1 in 2002
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Fact ………Fla was 12-1 in 2006
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Fact ………Not UGAs fault there were 2 unbeatens that year. “unlucky”
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Fact……….Not Flas credit that there was only one unbeaten in 2006. “Lucky”
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Fact:………Luck had more to do with Fla getting invited to the BCS than whether Fla was more deserving to go to a NC with identical records.
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Fact:………No SEC team has ever lsot a NC game and if UGA would have been invited nothing indicates that it would have been different
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Fact……….UGA has 2 SEC titles..same as Fla in last 9 years and equal wins over all.
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Fact……….UGA has been ranked more times top ten in last 9 years than any SEC team.
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UGA 90 wins in 9 years no other SEC team has more.
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UGA has 2 SEC titles…same as Fla
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UGA has won 4 str8 bowls….more than any other SEC team.
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UGA has won 11 of last 13 bowls…more than any team tied with LSU and more than FLA
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UGA has won 8 or more games in last 13 years…more than any other team.
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UGA has been ranked more times in top ten than any SEC team over last 9 years.
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UGA is clearly as good or better than any SEC team over last 9 years.
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PERIOD.

patrick

January 30th, 2010
11:48 am

Oh and FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DAWG_poop

January 30th, 2010
11:53 am

pat what have you been smoking? Your high as a kite b/c your premises do not support your conclusion.

ASHEVILLE DAWG

January 30th, 2010
11:54 am

Did you forget 5-time Pro bowler Richard Seymour

mcdawg

January 30th, 2010
11:57 am

one of my favorite players both in college and now the pros is K. Golston –5th or 6th round pick plays hard and tough gets alot of reps w/ the redskins-hope they keep him

also so T. Jennings who from his time at UGA just keeps getting better each year

Hal Needham

January 30th, 2010
12:07 pm

There are 39 former Dawgs in the NFL – it’s incredible to see how many (like Golston and Robert Geathers and Tim Jennings) have gotten better in the pros.
http://www.squidoo.com/ugaplayersinthenfl

nash

January 30th, 2010
12:08 pm

what about Bill Goldberg baby

Dawgdad

January 30th, 2010
12:10 pm

Spike Jones, best punter ever, excluding Ray Guy. Kevin Butler, John Kasay, pretty good kickers themselves. Lots of great Bulldogs distinguished themselves in NFL.

Dunkley

January 30th, 2010
12:13 pm

“Fact:………UGA was 12-1 in 2002
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Fact ………Fla was 12-1 in 2006
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Fact ………Not UGAs fault there were 2 unbeatens that year. “unlucky”

Who beat the Dawgs that year I just can’t remember? Boo Hoo

Nick

January 30th, 2010
12:17 pm

I would have to place Hines 1st, as he is also 1st on my all-time favorite Bulldogs list as well.

Dawg Fan

January 30th, 2010
12:20 pm

There is no doubt that you have to be a little lucky to win a national championship. Credit Florida for taking advantage of it’s opportunities in the NC game. You can look back at every SEC team that has won a national title and point to a moment in the season where they got lucky. The year UT won, they should have lost to Arkansas (fumbled exchange from center to QB where AK could have just run out the clock. The last time LSU won the national title, UGA would have played them in the SEC C.G. if UK or SC would have made makeable field goals against UT. How close was Michigan playing Ohio State in a rematch in the NCG. Some things are just meant to be and some are not.

Minnesota Dawg

January 30th, 2010
12:22 pm

Kevin Butler won many games for the Bears! He shouldn’t be forgotten!

Bill King

January 30th, 2010
12:23 pm

Kevin Butler definitely isn’t forgotten. If I’d made it a favorite 10 instead of five, he would have been in it.

Billy Jack could fight

January 30th, 2010
12:25 pm

Garrison Hearst was awesome in his prime……

Bill King

January 30th, 2010
12:26 pm

Goldberg ranks atop my list of favorite Bulldogs in pro wrasslin’. But his NFL career wasn’t that distinguished.

Bill King

January 30th, 2010
12:27 pm

Asheville Dawg:

I didn’t forget Richard Seymour. I listed him among UGA’s Pro Bowlers. He just didn’t make my five favorites.

Patrick Martin Sulley.........

January 30th, 2010
12:29 pm

…….is a moron.

Dawg stuck in Bham

January 30th, 2010
12:33 pm

Has Hines Ward never made the Pro Bowl??? He wasn’t on your list.

Supes

January 30th, 2010
12:33 pm

Ben Watson, who made of the all time great hustle plays in NFL history and continues to make clutch TD catches from Tom Brady in NE, he deserves an honorable mention.

Patrick Martin Sulley.........

January 30th, 2010
12:35 pm

lives in the past.

GTDog

January 30th, 2010
12:36 pm

I believe that Pat (FIRST!!!!!!!!!) is just having a little fun at the expense of the lunatic fringe. His numbers look valid to me. I believe his point is this: UGA had their worst year this decade in 2009. And they finished 8-5 with a bowl victory. The year before UGA finished ranked #10. The year before THAT it was #2!

So, for all the whiners out there ringing your hands about the program…What’s your point again?

George

January 30th, 2010
12:36 pm

Terrell Davis top 5 for sure…. Nice facts Patrick.

Patrick Martin Sulley.........

January 30th, 2010
12:39 pm

is the definition of the lunatic fringe.

collegeballfan

January 30th, 2010
12:40 pm

Theresa Edwards is the best pro athlete to come out of UGA. Besides her years in the ABL she has 4 Olympic Gold metals.

Delbert D.

January 30th, 2010
12:52 pm

I agree with the first four. Herschel was a favorite Bulldog for sure, but it unfortunately didn’t play out in the NFL as well. I’m old school, so I’d say Jimmy Orr as # five.

Delbert D.

January 30th, 2010
12:55 pm

Bill, you left out Johnny Carson. He ranks up there with the rest.

DDT

January 30th, 2010
12:55 pm

More great stuff from Patrick.

patrick

January 30th, 2010
11:37 am

Messenger

As far as your “we have lost to more top 25 than we won” comment.

Ummmmm

RICHT
Vs. SEC foes: 51-22
Vs. Top 25 foes: 27-13
Vs. Top 25 foes away from home: 17-8
Vs. Top 10 foes: 7-4
Vs. Top 10 foes away from home: 6-4
In postseason games (bowls and championships): 9-3
In games decided by a touchdown or less: 25-14
Record at home: 45-7
Record on the road: 27-4
Losses to unranked teams: 5
Top 25 finishes: 8
Top 10 finishes: 6

How many of you nats actually think Paul Johnson can or ever will measure up to that? Even in the ACC it’s highly unlikely.

GTDog

January 30th, 2010
12:58 pm

I took a quick glance at recruiting rankings while I had a few minutes. I knew that Richt and staff had done a nice job recruiting over the past 8 years (2002 class through 2009 class), but I was surprised at what I found. No team has finished in the Top Ten in recruiting in each of those years (THAT was my biggest surprise). But two teams made it 7 times…UGA and USC. Four teams made it 6 times…LSU, OU, TN and Michigan (the last two surprised me a little). Only one team hit 5…TX. And four others hit the Top Ten six times…UF, Miami, FSU and OSU.

As always, I consider the recruiting rankings to be a pretty moot point, because trying to rank high football players nation-wide is a joke, but an interesting quickie exercise. Maybe I’ll dig a little deeper in the next few days and report back…

Bawney Fwank

January 30th, 2010
1:02 pm

….So what’s your point Patrick? I thought this blog discussion was about favorite dogs in the NFL.

I would put Hines Ward on top with Fran, Herschel, Jake and Bill, based on Hines’ consistant and outstanding play through out his career.

devildawg

January 30th, 2010
1:05 pm

Fran Tarkenton may have been a great dawg and a hall of famer, but after what he said about Favre the other day, he’s turning into a punk. I wanted to reach through the screen and punch him for how stupid he sounded. Reminded me of Archie Manning when he gets on TV with his white trash alcoholic slicked back hair and those shifty eyes. Somebody tell Fran to go fishing or read his AARP magazine, because talking smack about a quarterback that could beat you blind makes you sound like an idiot.

Sorry Dogs

January 30th, 2010
1:06 pm

Jasper Sanks.

Fact

January 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

Patrick, since you argue against against no one, you might be insane. You definitely need a hobby…or a girlfriend.

doogy

January 30th, 2010
1:16 pm

1. Hines
2. Herschel
3. Champ
4. Fran
5. Davis

doogy

January 30th, 2010
1:19 pm

In 5 years…

1. Hines
2. Herschel
3. Champ
4. Knowshon
5. Stafford

Athens Dog

January 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

Have to agree that Fran sounds like a putz, sort of like Jimmy Carter criticizing Bush or Reagan. Can’t seem to come to grips with the fact that they are getting old and have been irrelevant for awhile.
My favorite Dogs would start with Andy Johnson. A fair to middlin’ college quarterback who turned in a solid career with the Patriots as a running back/hybrid. Herschel? Not so much, after watching him being run down by a kicker during a kickoff return while he was with the Eagles. Great collegiately, above average as a pro. So, Hines would have to be second. Hoage, Mack Strong and John Kasay, another Athenian, would be on the list also, as no one really thought they’d make it, let alone each have careers over ten years. And who can forget Rodney Hampton? Man, the memories just flood when thinking of the list.

doogy

January 30th, 2010
1:36 pm

5 favorite to smoke a bong with…

1. Quincy Carter
2. Chris Terry
3. Reggie Ball
4. Verron Haynes
5. Danny Ware

Denver Dog

January 30th, 2010
1:50 pm

Sir Francis,
Jake,
Stanfil
guy Mc Just ask Montana
Hines ^ Champ

2nd five
rodney
The great Hoage
mack Strong
terrell
Jimmy Orr

Best back ups

Johnny Rauch
Willie Mc
Horace king
Matt Robinson
Andre Hastings

CFL Ben Zambiasi
Jake
Cowboy
Terrence
Ben Smith

Denver Dog

January 30th, 2010
1:52 pm

Snoop, you forgot Bernard Williams and Tim Worely, or Odell

Denver Dog

January 30th, 2010
1:53 pm

Jaspar has a new company it is called Jaspar’s Franks.

Spike

January 30th, 2010
2:10 pm

1. Jake Scott. 2. Fran Tarkenton. 3. Kevin Butler. 4. Hines Ward. 5. Mo Mass.

Saint Clarkston

January 30th, 2010
2:11 pm

Guy McIntyre played on several of those 49er super Bowl
teams in the 1980’s. He was a monster offensive lineman.

Chris

January 30th, 2010
2:16 pm

Guy McIntyre with four rings right? Thought Thomas Davis would turn out to be more of an impact player.
The one guy earlier was right…Garrison Hearst was an absolute stud in his prime, strong ankles, cut on a dime. That was Herschel’s problem as a pro. In college, he could run past or through everyone. In the pros where everyone is big and fast, the fact that he couldn’t cut made him average but a solid kick returner. It took him three steps to do what Barry Sanders could do in the blink of an eye.

Santa Cruz CA Dawg

January 30th, 2010
2:29 pm

Guy Mcintire, Can’t believe he is not in the Hall of Fame.

crazy dawg

January 30th, 2010
2:30 pm

five dawgs that need need to be noted.
1.Kirby Moore
2.Kent Lawrence
3.Ronnie Jenkins
4.George Patton
5.Eddie Meat Clever Weaver

Santa Cruz CA Dawg

January 30th, 2010
2:33 pm

Woops incorrect speling; McIntyre, still an’t believe he is not in the Hall of Fame.

patrick

January 30th, 2010
2:33 pm

ummmm….”fact”

I was merely stating FACT …not arguing. How does a list of FACTS constitute an argument?

Dan

January 30th, 2010
3:02 pm

Ummmm, I’m pretty sure UGA was not 12-1 in ‘06. I am pretty sure they were 11-2 in ‘07 and were not even champions of their own division, let alone the conference.

FL Dawg

January 30th, 2010
3:09 pm

McIntyre, Hearst, Jake Scott, Tarkenton, Stanfill-Walker tie to round out the list. Walkers NFL career was cut short by his first 5 years(or how ever many it was) in the USFL. His numbers in the end would have looked a lot better on the all time list if he had played his entire pro career in the NFL.

74 Dawg

January 30th, 2010
3:32 pm

Doogy, in re: to your 1:36 post – Quincy and Terry are the only ones I am aware of w/ that issue. As far as Reggie Ball is concerned, it may have appeared that he was playing on Georgia’s side once a year, however he actually was a Yellow Jacket, hard as that may be to believe. Honestly,he was wearing yellow.

Bookie

January 30th, 2010
3:35 pm

The reason Van Brocklin drafted Jeffords was an attempt to establish his genius credentials following Cowboys drafting all-pro cb Cornell Green who was a collegiate basketball player. The Cowboy-loving media never stopped reminding us.