Sonny Seiler and Kent Hannon, Damn Good Dogs: The Real Story of Uga, the University of Georgia's Bulldog Mascots (Athens, Ga.: Hill Street Press, 2002).As I, like many of you, continued to scratch my head during the weekend over the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax, I pleasantly recalled a story a member of Georgia's 1942 Rose Bowl team told me when I interviewed him several years ago.On December 26, 2000, Mark Richt was named the twenty-fifth head coach in Georgia's history.In his first four seasons Richt amassed a 42-10 record, winning two SEC Eastern Division titles and one SEC championship.Following the Bulldogs' regular season and before the team was to venture to the Rose Bowl, a telegram from Athens signed by Richardson and with the return address of the SAE house was sent to renowned Hollywood actress Betty Grable Richardson's telegram stated: "I am a tackle on the University of Georgia Rose Bowl team.I was recently chosen the most handsome man on the campus.
The 1942 squad, led by Heisman Trophy–winner Sinkwich and all-American end George Poschner, is heralded as the best in the first half-century of Georgia football.
Walker first played professionally in the United States Football League (USFL) and set the all-time professional single-season rushing record.
After the USFL folded and many of its players joined NFL squads, Walker went on to post an all-pro career with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants.
The list includes first- or second-round NFL draft picks Lars Tate (drafted in 1988), Tim Worley (1989), Rodney Hampton (1990), Garrison Hearst (1993), and Robert Edwards (1998), as well as sixth-round pick Terrell Davis (1995), who went on to lead the NFL in rushing and to receive Most Valuable Player honors in the 1998 Super Bowl.
Tony Barnhart, ed., What It Means to Be a Bulldog: Vince Dooley, Mark Richt, and Georgia's Greatest Players (Chicago: Triumph, 2004).
The 2002 UGA team, which finished 13-1, won the school's first SEC championship in twenty years before beating Florida State University in the Sugar Bowl.