Our Heisman Is Better Than Your Heisman: Herschel Vs. George Rodgers
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South Carolina and Georgia fans are both willing to say that they have the SEC’s greatest running back of all time. For UGA it is Herschel Walker. For South Carolina it is George Rodgers. Both of these running backs were Georgia high school stars (Rodgers from Duluth, Walker from Wrightsville), and were only separated by three years coming out of high school. These are two of the highest recruited players of all time, and rightfully so. The great thing about both of these players is, they transformed a team of nobodies into a title contender.
- Yards: 5,204
- 31 Touchdowns
- 202 points scored
- 100 yards in each of his final 22 collegiate games
- 1980 Heisman Winner
- First overall pick- Saints 1981
- Finished with 7,000 all-purpose yards in the NFL
- Yards: 5,259 (rushing)
- 54 total touchdowns
- 1982 Heisman Winner (Finalist each of his 3 years at UGA)
- First ever Heisman Winner to play in the USFL
- USFL rushing Title in 1983 and 1985
- 18,168 All-Purpose Yards in NFL (NFL record upon retirement
- Still dropping fools in the MMA where he is undefeated.
Both of these running backs were incredible during their times at UGA and South Carolina, but in my personal opinion there is no better back to ever play the game then Herschel Walker. During his time at UGA Walker lead the Bulldogs to 3 straight National Title appearances, and 3 straight SEC championships. Walker and Rodgers played head to head in 1980 and Walker ran for 219 while the eventual Heisman ran for 168. It is my personal belief that Herschel was hosed on not receiving 3 straight Heisman trophies, but you win some you lose some.
*All stats courtesy of bleacherreport.com and NFL.com