5 Greatest Georgia Football Players of All Time

By David Hayes
Herschel Walker won the the 1982 Heisman Trophy as a running back for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Herschel Walker won the the 1982 Heisman Trophy as a running back for the Georgia Bulldogs. / Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images
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The Georgia Bulldogs are among the ranks of college football's elite historic programs, and you don't get a seat that kind of table without earning it over sustained periods of success. Totaling more than 830 wins with the second-most bowl games in FBS history (56), it's safe to say that Georgia has.

With countless talents passing through Athens for more than a century, here's a look at the top five star players to don the Red and Black for the Bulldogs in Georgia history.

5. Terrence Edwards, WR (1999-2002)

Many great receivers have graced the Georgia football program, but the best of the best is Terrence Edwards. A four-year starter in his time in Athens, Edwards led the Bulldogs in receiving yards as well as receiving touchdowns in three of his four collegiate seasons — including a 1,004-yard, 11 touchdown (No. 1 in the SEC) campaign in 2002. Edwards went undrafted in 2003 and never made his mark on the NFL. However, he easily solidified his place as one of the best players in program history, as he finished his career — and remains to this day — as Georgia's all-time leader in receptions (204), receiving yards (3,093) and receiving touchdowns (30).

4. David Pollack, LB (2001-04)

In a Georgia program that's seen so much talent on the defensive side of the ball, David Pollack takes the top spot among Georgia defensive players. Pollack still holds the school record for sacks (36.0), and his 14.0-sack 2002 season sits just .5 sacks behind Jarvis Jones for the single-season record. Beyond individual numbers, Pollack's UGA teams were pure winners, as he helped lead the Bulldogs to bowls in all four of his seasons, including three straight bowl victories to close out his 42-10 career record. While his NFL career was tragically marred by a broken cervical vertebrae, the impact he had for Georgia football and his legacy in Athens is one the school's greatest.

3. Frank Sinkwich, RB (1940-42)

Frank Sinkwich doesn't have the same kind of career totals at RB as more modern workhorses like Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb, but he does have a pair of accolades that only one other starting RB in Georgia history can boast: a Heisman Trophy (1942) and National Championship ring (1942). Sinkwich is tied with Knowshon Moreno for the eighth-most career rushing TDs (30) among all Bulldogs, and he was a two-time consensus All-American (1941-42) and the AP's Athlete of the Year in 1942. Beyond his incredible collegiate résumé, Sinkwich went on to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 1943 NFL Draft and win NFL MVP in 1944.

2. Aaron Murray, QB (2010-13)

While Aaron Murray was most recently seen getting benched in the XFL, he dominated the SEC during his time at Georgia. He passed for over 3,000 yards in all four seasons, for a total of 13,166 yards and 121 touchdowns, which are by far the most in school history. He also threw just 41 interceptions, finishing with a passer rating of 158.6. Even though his talents and accomplishments never really translated at the next level, it will be a long time before another Georgia QB comes anywhere near the list of program passing records to his name in Athens.

1. Herschel Walker, RB (1980-82)

Okay, this one was just obvious. Herschel Walker is one of the best running backs to play on Saturdays – period. He is the all-time program leader for rushing yards, at 5,259. He is also first all-time in total touchdowns, finding pay dirt an incredible 52 times. He still holds the SEC record for average rushing yards per game for his collegiate career at 159.4. He led the Bulldogs to their most-recent National Championship in 1980.


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