Georgia Tech Football Hall of Fame

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Georgia Tech has had some incredible athletes and coaches over the years for numerous sports, but most notably in their football program.

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Georgia Tech: Hall of Fame

Bobby Dodd Stadium

Georgia Institute of Technology has a large athletic Hall of Fame consisting of seventeen different categories that one can be a member of the Hall of Fame in. These categories consist of multiple different sports such as football, basketball, and baseball, but also include categories such as “Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century,” “Athletics Staff,” and “Student Managers and Trainers.” Football is the largest category in the Hall of Fame with its first class of inductees in 1956 and a total of 160 members. Notable members include 5 coaches; the famous Bobby Dodd and John Heisman are members along with numerous exceptional student athletes. [1]

In the past ten years there have been eighteen new inductees to the Football Hall of Fame. The new members include: Keith Brooking, Chris Brown, Willie Clay, Marco Coleman, Tom Coleman Jr., Joe Hamilton, Joe Harris, Kent Hill, Shawn Jones, David Lutz, Craig Page, James “Red” Patton, Steve Raible, Bobby Ross(coach), Coleman Rudolph, Scott Sisson, Ken Swilling, and Mark White(also track). [2]

Coaches

Bobby Dodd

Bobby Dodd

Bobby Dodd, the man the current football stadium is named after was inducted into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame in 1967. Bobby Dodd was born November 11, 1908 in Galax Virginia. Dodd played quarterback for the University of Tennessee from 1928-1930. In 1931 Dodd was the assistant coach at Georgia Tech under William Alexander. He stayed as assistant coach until 1945 when he became head coach until 1966. Besides being a coach at Georgia Tech, Dodd also had an administrative career from 1950-1976 as Athletic Director. As a head coach his record was 165-64-8 overall with a record of 9-4 in bowl appearances. Some notable accomplishments and honors include a National Championship in 1952 and two Southeastern Conference Titles in 1951 and 1952. He also was two time SEC Coach of the Year in 1951 and 1952 and earned an American Football Writers Association Citation of Honor. He is also in the Helms Hall of Fame, University of Tennessee Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

William Alexander

William Anderson Alexander was born June 6th 1889 in Mud River, Kentucky. William Alexander started his career playing for Georgia Tech from 1911-1912. Shortly after being an athlete for Georgia Tech he became head coach of the football team in 1920 and remained head coach until 1944. Along with coaching football, Alexander was also the basketball coach for Georgia Tech. As a head coach for the Georgia Tech football team Alexander held a record of 134-95-15 overall and 3-2 in bowl games. His football team won numerous championships including a national championship in 1928, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1920 and 1921, Southern Conference title in 1922, 1927 and 1928, as well as three Southeastern Conference championships in 1939, 1943, and 1944. Alexander was the American Football Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year in 1942, and received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award in 1947 and was the SEC Coach of the Year in 1939. Alexander was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 and entered the Georgia Tech Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

John Heisman

John Heisman

John Heisman was born October 23rd, 1869 in Cleveland, Ohio. Heisman was an all-around athlete playing center and tackle at Brown from 1887-1889 and at Penn from 1890-1891 as well as coaching three different sports throughout his career. He coached at multiple different schools, but coached for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from 1904-1919. His overall record at Georgia Tech was 102-29-7 where he won a national championship for football in 1917. Heisman was an innovator for the game of football and developed the game into what we know it as now. Heisman has a trophy named after him: the Heisman trophy, which is awarded every year to the most exceptional and outstanding player in college football. Heisman was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954 and was inducted to the Georgia Tech Football Hall of Fame in 1964.







Players

Billy Lothridge

Born January 1st, 1942 in Cleveland, Georgia, Billy Lothridge grew up of the quarterback for his high school in Gainesville, Georgia. Billy Lothridge played college football at Georgia Tech as the class of 1963 where he played quarterback and finished second in the 1963 Heisman Trophy voting. Although not winning the Heisman Trophy Lothridge was inducted into the Georgia Tech Football Hall of Fame in 1969 and became a professional football player. Lothridge was drafted in 1964 in the 6th round and 73rd overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys. Lothridge played as a quarterback and punter in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, and the Miami Dolphins throughout his career in the NFL from 1964-1972.

George Morris

George Morris

George Morris was born on March 19th, 1931 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Morris played center and linebacker for the Georgia Tech football team as a part of the class of 1952. In 1953 Morris was drafted second round as the 21st overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers. Although only playing one year at the professional level Morris was an exceptional athlete. He was inducted to the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame in 1956 and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.


Robert Lavette

Robert Lavette was born on September 8th, 1963 in Cartersville, Georgia. Lavette soon became a part of the Georgia Tech class of 1984 and a member of the football team. Lavette was one of the top running backs for the Yellow Jackets, during his career from 1981-1984 he rushed for 4,066 yards with a total of 5,393 yards overall and scored 46 touchdowns for a total of 276 points. In 1990 he became a part of the Georgia Tech Football Hall of Fame. After college in 1985 Lavette was drafted in the fourth round as the 103rd overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys where he played from 1985-1987 and then played a season for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987.

Maxie Baughan

Maxie Baughan

Maxie Baughan was born August 3rd, 1938 in Forkland, Alabama. Baughan became a part of the class of 1959 Georgia Tech football team as a linebacker. In 1959 he became captain of the team as well as an All-American, the Southeastern Conference Lineman of the Year, and the Most Valuable Player in the 1960 Gator Bowl. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech Football Hall of Fame in 1965 and later into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. His football success did not stop there. He was drafted in 1960 in the second round as the 20th pick overall to the Philadelphia Eagles. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1960-1965 then the Los Angeles Rams from 1966-1970 and then the Washington Redskins in 1974. Throughout his career he played in 9 pro bowls and was an All-Pro twelve different times.

Marco Coleman

Marco Coleman was born December 18th, 1969 in Dayton, Ohio. As a young kid he played linebacker for his high school and was named all-area linebacker. Marco Coleman was a part of the Georgia Tech class of 1992 and played defensive end on the football team. Coleman was first drafted in 1992 in the first round and 12th overall pick by the Miami Dolphins. Coleman played for the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Denver Broncos during his 14 year career in the NFL and was also a Pro Bowl selection in 1999.




References

  1. Georgia Tech Athletic Association http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/genrel/111501aab.html
  2. Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/ot/fame/halloffame.html#fbc
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