Hall Of Fame Inductions: Who Could Be Next For Georgia Football?

Zach DillardContributor IMay 28, 2010

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Georgia quarterback David Greene #14 celebrates teammate David Pollack #47 after Georgia defeated Wisconsin 24-21 at the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2005 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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With the College Football Hall of Fame inducting its newest members today—including Desmond Howard, Barry Alvarez and the late Pat Tillman—the question could be asked as to who could be next on the horizon for the Bulldogs?

Georgia has four players inducted this past decade with Terry Hoage (inducted in 2000), Kevin Butler (2001), John Rauch (2003) and John Russell (2009).

So who might be next in this decade for Georgia? Here are five players with outstanding arguments for their names being called before 2020.

Edgar Chandler (1964-1967)

This Cedartown, Ga. native came to the University of Georgia in Vince Dooley’s first season as head coach, helping to build the foundation for an impressive coaching career. But Chandler was impressive on his own right.

An offensive tackle for the Bulldogs, Chandler was an integral part of Georgia’s beloved 1966 SEC Champion squad (10-1, Cotton Bowl victory over Southern Methodist) along with other notable Bulldog All-Americans defensive tackle Bill Stanfill and safety Lynn Hughes.

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame inductee would go on to become a two-time All-American himself, becoming a unanimous selection in his 1967 senior season. Georgia would be invited to three bowl games in his career, compiling a 2-1 postseason record. After college, he went on to become a professional football player for the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.

First-possible induction: 2011

Garrison Hearst (1990-1992)

Had Hearst stuck around (and hopefully stayed healthy) for his senior season, he would have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in this past decade. However, after leading the nation in touchdowns in 1992 (21 touchdowns), Hearst took his talent to the NFL Draft — being drafted third overall by the Cardinals.

However, Hearst did plenty in his collegiate career to join the likes of Herschel Walker, Frank Sinkwich, and Charley Trippi.

The unanimous All-American and Doak Walker Award winner in 1992, finished his career second on the career rushing list at Georgia (3,332 yards) and third on career touchdowns (35). He was the SEC Player of the Year in that dominant junior year after setting conference records for touchdowns, and average yards per carry. He was the second runner-up to Gino Torretta’s Heisman and would go on to a successful NFL career as well.

Something to ponder: three of the best running backs to play in Athens all left the fans to imagine what could have been the final outcomes of their already-illustrious careers. Imagine Herschel Walker, Hearst, and Knowshon Moreno all coming back for senior seasons in Athens—enough excitement for you?

First-possible induction: 2011

Matt Stinchcomb (1995-1998)

One of the most beloved Bulldogs in recent memory, Stimchcomb put together a career at Georgia that put him in elite company in Bulldog lore—highlighted by his induction in the Circle of Honor in 2009. 

The two-time All-American in 1997 and 1998 was also awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy in 1998 (considered by many the Academic Heisman). Georgia would also win the Outback and Peach bowls in his two All-American seasons.

A conversation of any tackles in Georgia history does not last long without mentioning Stinchcomb (or his brother, Jon), and his illustration of national prominence by his selection in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1999 by the Oakland Raiders. The man has been an excellent representation for the university and the sport of college football in general, and there is a definite place for him in the Hall of Fame.

First-possible induction: 2011

David Pollack (2001-2004)

The most decorated Georgia football player not named Herschel Walker is guaranteed a spot in the Hall of Fame. It is only a matter of the ten-year mandatory wait period. Only the second three-time All-American in school history, Pollack was the face of Bulldog football during the meteoric rise of the Mark Richt era.

Pollack exited his illustrious Georgia career as the all-time school leader in sacks (34) along with numerous national awards—2002 SEC Player of the Year, 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, 2004 Chuck Bednarik Award, 2004 Lombardi Award, and the 2004 Lott Trophy.

Let’s just say if it were traditional for defensive players to challenge for the Heisman, Pollack would have definitely given Matt Leinart a run for his money in his senior season.

First-possible induction: 2014

Honorable Mention: David Greene (2001-2004)

The winning-est quarterback in NCAA Division I history when he finished his career—yeah, I think they can make room for Greene in South Bend, Ind.

The first quarterback of the Richt era, and still the most successful one on the collegiate level, this southpaw led Georgia back into the national elite in college football and culminated in the Bulldogs’ 2002 SEC Championship.

Despite not going on to much big-time success in the NFL, Greene still holds the conference record for wins (42), yards (11,270) and consecutive pass attempts without an interception (214). A three-time All-SEC selection, he does not meet the every criteria of the College Hall of Fame (no All-American selections) but should find a way to “Hobnail Boot” his way somehow to find his name in the Hall.

First-possible induction: 2014


Likelihood of getting each of these former athletes into the Hall of Fame? If the Over/Under is being set at three inductees, I’ll take the over...on the condition that I am not playing by the rules. To be honest, I am also going to include the probability of 1998 All-American Champ Bailey being inducted. Just a hunch.

So, yes, I cheated while placing my bets — but at least I called myself out on it.

If it makes you feel any better, call me the Tim Donaghy of the College Football Hall of Fame nominations.


(This article can also be found on the sports blog, Walking Into The Kicker)