Saturday, August 13, 2011

21 Days: A UGA Legend

There are only a handful of retired UGA numbers, and we reach another one on today's countdown. Frank Sinkwich was one of these legends. Just look at his accomplishment (via

Frank Sinkwich became Georgia's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1942. His senior season, he was a unanimous All-America selection after setting the Southeastern Conference total offense record of 2,187 yards (795 yards rushing, 1,392 passing). He led Georgia to an 11-1 record and scored the Bulldogs' touchdown in a 9-0 victory over UCLA in the Rose Bowl game. He was named All-America in 1941 after leading Georgia to a 9-1-1 record and Orange Bowl victory over TCU. In that game he rushed for 139 yards and completed 9 x 13 passes for 243 yards and three TDs. Drafted and played with the Detroit Lions where he was All-Pro in 1943-44.

Sinkwich also had a brief but successful pro career, as he won NFL MVP in 1944 with the Detroit Lions. Originally, Sinkwich had planned on joining the Marine Corps, but won denied entry because he had flat feet. After two years with Detroit, he was accepted into to Air Force, but his career was ended with a knee injury while playing for the Air Force service team. His career was done at the age of 25.

Sinkwich died in 1990, but will always be remembered as a true UGA legend.

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