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Saturday, August 21, 2010

University of Georgia Bulldogs Football Uniform and Team History


University of Georgia Bulldogs

1. This document was created by Scott Sillcox to provide information about:
- the uniform images depicted in poster shown above
- the particular players whose uniforms are shown in the poster
- the history of Georgia football
- the University of Georgia’s football stadium
- the University of Georgia's football team in general

If you would like to read an even more detailed version of this document in pdf form with approximately 30 accompanying images, please visit:
www.mapleleafproductions.com/downloads/GeorgiaFootballUniformProject.pdf

2. Please note that all of the actual original, one-of-a-kind artwork of the University of Georgia football uniforms as seen in the poster above are actually available for sale. These watercolor paintings are truly beautiful, original watercolor paintings, and there are only 15 of them so please act quickly if you would like to buy one. These would make a wonderfully memorable, beautiful and completely unique gift for someone who loves Georgia football.

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Georgia YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxSzTiSLgpk or go directly to the artwork website www.heritagesportsart.com/Georgia-Bulldogs-c84/ where you can see and purchase the artwork.

3. General Information about the University of Georgia Football Team

The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia. The school, which was founded in 1785, has an enrollment of over 32,000 students. The Bulldog football program began in 1892.

The Bulldogs football team plays out of Sanford Stadium which seats 86,520. The stadium was constructed in 1929 at a cost of $360,000.

Georgia boasts a storied tradition of football; countless Bulldogs have extended their football careers in the NFL, Arena League and the CFL. Notable Bulldog alumni include: Herschel Walker, Fran Tarkenton, Ray Donaldson, Terrell Davis and Champ Bailey.

4. For more information on Georgia football, you may want to visit these great websites:

To learn more about the University of Georgia football program, please visit:
http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/geo-m-footbl-body.html

The following website offers an excellent summary page of University of Georgia football, including a summary of Conference Championships; National Championships; Bowl Games; Coaches; Selected individual player records:
http://www.nationalchamps.net/NCAA/database/georgia_database.htm

For a history of the University of Georgia’s football stadiums please visit:
http://football.ballparks.com/NCAA/SEC/Georgia/index.htm
Note: this site is also a good resource for additional past & present NCAA stadiums.


5. Description and history of the uniforms depicted in the University of Georgia poster:

A quick note about the National Rankings and Polls shown below:
If Georgia was nationally ranked in "The Top 20" (or Top 10 in some years) in a particular season depicted in the poster, we show the team’s ranking. That being said, prior to 1936 there was no nationally recognized poll ranking the nation’s top teams, so you will not see any rankings prior to 1936.

From 1936 onward, we show the results of one, and then two, end-of-season polls annually ranking the Top 20 (or Top 10) college football teams. There have been various other polls over the years, but we have chosen to show the results of two polls.
1. The Associated Press (AP) Poll began in 1936 and is a poll of sportswriters. It continues to this day.
2. The United Press International (UP) Poll began in 1950 and is a poll of coaches. By 1993 it had became known as the USA Today/CNN poll, and by 1997 the USA Today/ESPN poll.


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1894

This painting depicts the 1894 University of Georgia football team uniform. The Bulldogs were captained by quarterback George Butler.

The 1894 team was coached by Robert Winston, a graduate of Georgia and a former rugby player. Winston also coached Yale, Amherst, Rochester, and Syracuse. He was Georgia’s first ‘paid’ coach. He guided the squad to a 10-8 win over Auburn and a 5-1-0 record in 1894.

Bulldog players in 1894 sported a light tan vest with laces from the waist to the collar over a black and red sleeved shirt. Players also wore tan colored pants. Uniform numbers did not appear on the uniform front. Helmets were not worn but players sported black nose guards for protection.

1894 marked the third season of college football in Athens.


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1909

This painting depicts the 1909 University of Georgia football team uniform. The Bulldogs were captained by Fullback - Hugh Bostwich.

The 1909 team was coached by James Coulter, a graduate of Brown University. Coulter’s Bulldogs struggled in ’09 and posted a 1-4-2 record, their only win coming over Tennessee (3-0). He was replaced the following year by W.A. Cunningham who led the squad to 6-2-1 record.

Bulldog players in 1909 sported a light tan and red vest with laces from the waist to the collar over a black and red sleeved shirt. Players also wore tan colored pants. Uniform numbers did not appear on the uniform front. Players wore tan helmets for protection.


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1912

This painting depicts the 1912 University of Georgia football team uniform. The Bulldogs were captained by Guard - D.R. Peacock.

The 1912 Bulldogs were coached by W.A. Cunningham who led the team to a 6-1-1 record. Cunningham patrolled the sidelines for 8 years and compiled a 43-18-9 record. Cunningham coached Georgia’s first All-American - Bob McWhorter (1913) and the legendary George ‘Kid’ Woodruff.

Bulldog players in 1912 sported red, long-sleeved jerseys with a black collar and tan-colored pants. Uniform numbers did not appear on the uniform front. Players wore a tan-colored helmet for protection.


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1927

This painting depicts the 1927 University of Georgia football team uniform. The Bulldogs were captained by End Chick Shiver who helped lead the squad to a record of 9-1-0.

The 1927 Bulldogs were coached by George ‘Kid’ Woodruff, captain and star on the 1911 Georgia team. He made a great contribution to the Bulldog program as coach from 1923-27 by introducing the Notre Dame formation to the South, bringing in two Knute Rockne disciples, line coach Harry Mehre and backfield coach Frank Thomas, who later became coaches themselves. Woodruff, a wealthy Columbus businessman, coached the Bulldogs for one dollar per year. Here’s what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Coach Woodruff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Cecil_Woodruff

Bulldog players in 1927 sported red, long-sleeved jerseys with tan-colored felt strips on the torso and sleeves. No uniform number or lettering appeared on the front of the uniform but numbers appeared on the reverse of the jersey. Players wore tan-colored pants and helmets for protection.

Georgia’s sole defeat in 1927 came at the hands of cross-state rival, Georgia Tech (12-0).


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1930

This painting depicts the #8 University of Georgia football team uniform from 1930 that was worn by All-American guard - Ralph ‘Red’ Maddox.

Maddox became recognized as Georgia’s eighteenth All-American 32 years after his playing days were over. It was determined that he had made the International News Service All-American team in 1930; however, this honor had never been recorded. Unfortunately, Maddox was not able to enjoy this recognition of his accomplishments. He was killed during the Normandy Invasion of World War II.

The 1930 Bulldogs compiled a 7-2-1 record under the tutelage of head coach - Harry Mehre. The squad was captained by End - Herbert Maffett. Mehre coached Georgia from 1928-37 and posted 59-34-6 record.

Bulldog players sported white, long-sleeved jerseys with numerals on the front and back. Two red stripes adorned the sleeves at the elbow. Players also wore black helmets for protection and tan-colored pants.


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1941

This painting depicts the #21 University of Georgia football team uniform from 1941 that was worn by legendary Bulldog quarterback - Frank Sinkwich, the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner and consensus All-American in 1942.

The 1941 Bulldogs posted a 9-1-1 record under head coach - Wallace Butts. The ‘Dogs defeated TCU in the January 1, 1942 Orange Bowl by a score of 40-26; Sinkwich’s performance in the annual classic is considered one of the greatest performances in Orange Bowl history.

In 1954, ‘Fireball Frankie’ was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Sinkwich is a member of the University of Georgia Circle of Honor, the school’s highest tribute paid to former athletes and coaches.

In 1942, Sinkwich was selected as the Heisman Trophy Winner, college football’s highest honor.

Sinkwich was a first found selection in the NFL draft and enjoyed two All-Pro seasons with the Detroit Lions and was also named MVP of the NFL in 1944.

Here’s what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Frank Sinkwich.

In 1964, Sinkwich was inducted into the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

The Bulldogs of 1941 sported red jerseys with white uniform numbers on the front and back. Players wore white pants and silver helmets; the helmet below features a special protective face-mask/chin guard worn by Sinkwich in the Orange Bowl of 1942.

AP Rank Team
1 Minnesota
2 Duke
3 Notre Dame
4 Texas
5 Michigan
6 Fordham
7 Missouri
8 Duquesne
9 Texas A&M
10 Navy
11 Northwestern
12 Oregon State
13 Ohio State
14 Georgia
15 Pennsylvania
16 Mississippi State
17 Mississippi
18 Tennessee
19 Washington State
20 Alabama


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1946

This painting depicts the #62 uniform of University of Georgia football player - quarterback, Charles Louis ‘Charley’ Trippi.

Trippi helped lead the Bulldogs to an undefeated season in 1946 (11-0-0) but the team finished 3rd in the AP Rankings. Georgia defeated North Carolina 20-10 in the Sugar Bowl.

Trippi is a member of the University of Georgia’s Circle of Honor.

In 1959, Trippi was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Trippi played nine seasons for the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals and is considered one of the most versatile players in NFL history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

Here’s what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Charley Trippi.

In 2000-01, Trippi was ranked as the 108th greatest college football player of all-time by College Football News.

Coach James Wallace ‘Wally’ Butts patrolled the Bulldog sidelines in 1946; his coaching tenure at Georgia spanned from 1939-1960 and he compiled a record of 140-86-9 during his tenure.

The Bulldogs of 1946 sported red, long-sleeved jerseys with white numbers on both the front and back. Players wore silver helmets for protection and white pants.

AP Rank Team
1 Notre Dame
2 Army
3 Georgia
4 UCLA
5 Illinois
6 Michigan
7 Tennessee
8 LSU
9 North Carolina
10 Rice
11 Georgia Tech
12 Yale
13 Pennsylvania
14 Oklahoma
15 Texas
16 Arkansas
17 Tulsa
18 North Carolina State
19 Delaware
20 Indiana


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1959

This painting depicts the #10 uniform of University of Georgia football player - quarterback, Francis ‘Fran’ Tarkenton.

Tarkenton, a native of Athens, Georgia led the Bulldogs to the 1959 SEC Championship and an Orange Bowl victory over Missouri (14-9). In 1960, he garnered both All-American and Academic All-American honors.

Here’s what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Fran Tarkenton.

In 1998, the University of Georgia inducted Tarkenton into its Circle of Honor.

Tarkenton was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

When Bud Grant was head football coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL, he called Fran Tarkenton "the greatest quarterback to ever play the game." Tarkenton played 18 seasons in the NFL and led the Vikings to three Super Bowl appearances. In 1975, he was named MVP of the NFL. Tarkenton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Coach James Wallace ‘Wally’ Butts patrolled the Bulldog sidelines in 1959, his second to last year at the helm. Georgia compiled a 10-1-0 record including a stunning come-from-behind-victory over Auburn to capture the SEC title.

The Bulldogs of 1959 sported red jerseys with sleeves to the elbow. White numbers appeared on the sleeves, front and back of the jersey. Players wore silver helmets with a red stripe and white pants.

UP Rank AP Rank Team
1 1 Syracuse
2 2 Mississippi
3 3 LSU
4 4 Texas
5 5 Georgia
6 6 Wisconsin
8 7 TCU
7 8 Washington
9 9 Arkansas
13 10 Alabama
11 11 Clemson
10 12 Penn State
12 13 Illinois
13 14 USC
17 15 Oklahoma
16 Wyoming
18 17 Notre Dame
20 18 Missouri
20 19 Florida
19 20 Pittsburgh
15 Auburn
16 Michigan State


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1968

This painting depicts the #77 uniform of University of Georgia football player - defensive tackle, Bill Stanfill. The Cairo, Georgia native captained the Bulldogs to an SEC championship in 1968 and led the squad to 8-1-2 record; the team’s only loss came in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas (16-2).

Stanfill was a consensus All-American in 1968 and during his three seasons at Georgia, the Bulldogs compiled a record of 25-6-2. He was also an Academic All-American and an Outland Trophy winner, presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding lineman.

In 2000, the University of Georgia inducted Stanfill into its Circle of Honor.

Stanfill was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Miami Dolphins selected Stanfill with the 11th overall pick in the 1969 NFL draft. He played eight seasons for the Dolphins including two All-Pro campaigns on both the 1972 and 1973 Super Bowl winning teams.

In 1984, Stanfill was inducted into the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Here’s what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Bill Stanfill.

The legendary Vince Dooley assumed head coaching duties at Georgia in 1964 and went on to patrol the sidelines until 1988. Dooley led the Bulldogs to a 201-77-10 record during his tenure including a national championship in 1980.

The 1968 Bulldog uniform consisted of red jerseys with white and black striped cuffs on the elbow-length sleeves. White numbers appeared on the sleeves, front and back of the jersey. Players wore red helmets with a white stripe and a stylized ‘G’ on either side of their protective headgear.

UP Rank *before Bowl Games AP Rank Team
1 1 Ohio State
3 2 Penn State
5 3 Texas
2 4 USC
8 5 Notre Dame
9 6 Arkansas
6 7 Kansas
4 8 Georgia
17 9 Missouri
11 10 Purdue
10 11 Oklahoma
15 12 Michigan
7 13 Tennessee
16 14 SMU
13 15 Oregon State
16 Auburn
12 17 Alabama
20 18 Houston
19 LSU
18 20 Ohio University


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1973

This painting depicts the #63 uniform of University of Georgia football player - offensive guard, Randy Johnson. The Rome, Georgia native was an All-American in 1975 and three-year letterman (1973-75) with the Bulldogs.

The Seattle Seahawks selected Johnson with the 122nd pick in the 1976 NFL draft. He played for the Seahawks in 1976 and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1977-78.

The 1973 Vince Dooley led Bulldogs posted 7-4-1 record including a 17-16 triumph over Maryland at the Peach Bowl. The squad was captained by fullback, Bob Burns.

The 1973 Bulldog uniform featured below consisted of a white jersey with red and black stripes on the elbow-length sleeves. Black numbers appeared on both the front and back of the uniform. Players also wore white pants with red and black stripes. The red helmet featured a stylized ‘G’ on each side, a white stripe and the players’ number on the back.


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1980

This painting depicts the #34 uniform of University of Georgia football player - running back, Herschel Walker. Walker played three years at Georgia and was unanimous All-America every year. When he left after his junior year, he owned 41 school records, 16 Southeastern Conference records, and 11 NCAA records. As a freshman in 1980, he led Georgia to a 12-0 record and the national championship.

Walker placed third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1980, second in 1981, first in 1982.

After he left Georgia, Walker played three years in the U. S. Football League with the New Jersey Generals 1983-1985, and 12 years in the National Football League with Dallas, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and the New York Giants 1986-97.

Walker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
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In 2000, Walker was inducted into the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Here’s what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Herschel Walker.

In 2000-01, Herschel Walker was ranked as the 2nd greatest college football player of all-time by College Football News.

Vince Dooley led the Bulldogs to a perfect 12-0-0 season en route to an SEC and National Championship. Georgia defeated Notre Dame 17-10 in the Sugar Bowl to cement their 1980 title drive.

The 1980 Bulldog uniform featured below consisted of a white jersey with red and black striping on the sleeves. Black numerals adorned the front and back of the jersey. Players sported silver pants with a red, white and black stripe down the side of each leg. Helmets were red with a stylized ‘G’ on each side, a stripe down the center of the helmet and the players’ number on the back of the helmet.

UP Rank AP Rank Team
1 1 Georgia
2 2 Pittsburgh
3 3 Oklahoma
4 4 Michigan
5 5 Florida State
6 6 Alabama
7 7 Nebraska
8 8 Penn State
10 9 Notre Dame
9 10 North Carolina
12 11 USC
11 12 BYU
14 13 UCLA
13 14 Baylor
15 15 Ohio State
17 16 Washington
16 17 Purdue
18 18 Miami
19 Mississippi State
20 20 SMU
19 Florida


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1992

This painting depicts the #5 uniform of University of Georgia football player - running back, Garrison Hearst. Hearst played for 10 seasons in the NFL mostly with San Francisco. The Phoenix Cardinals selected Hearst with the 3rd overall pick of the 1993 NFL draft.

Here’s what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Garrison Hearst.

Ray Goff took over the head coaching duties from the legendary Vince Dooley in 1989. The ’92 Bulldogs compiled a 10-2 record under Goff including a 21-14 victory over Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl.

The 1992 Bulldog uniform featured below consisted of a white jersey with red and black striping on the sleeves. Black numerals adorned the front and back of the jersey. This jersey features a ‘100 Years of Georgia Football 1892-1992’ patch on the left shoulder.
Players sported silver pants with a red, white and black stripe down the side of each leg. Helmets were red with a stylized ‘G’ on each side, a stripe down the center of the helmet and the players’ number on the back of the helmet.

USA Today / CNN Rank AP Rank Team
1 1 Alabama
2 2 Florida State
3 3 Miami
4 4 Notre Dame
5 5 Michigan
7 6 Syracuse
6 7 Texas A&M
8 8 Georgia
9 9 Stanford
11 10 Florida
10 11 Washington
12 12 Tennessee
13 13 Colorado
14 14 Nebraska
17 15 Washington State
16 16 Mississippi
15 17 North Carolina State
19 18 Ohio State
18 19 North Carolina
20 20 Hawaii


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1998

This painting depicts the #4 uniform of University of Georgia football player - defensive back and co-captain, Roland ‘Champ’ Bailey.

Bailey was selected in the first round (7th overall) by the Washington Redskins in the 1999 NFL draft. He played five seasons in Washington before joining the Denver Broncos for a great run.

Here’s what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Champ Bailey.

In 2000-01, Champ Bailey was ranked as the 136th greatest college football player of all-time by College Football News.

The 1998 Bulldogs posted a 9-3-0 record including a thrilling 35-33 victory over Virginia in the Peach Bowl. Georgia was coached by Jim Donnan, who took over from Ray Goff after the 1995 season.

The 1998 Bulldog uniform featured below consisted of a red jersey with white numbers outlined in black on the sleeves, front and back of the uniform. Players sported black pants with red and white stripes down the side of each leg. A stylized ‘G’ patch appears on the hip of the pants. The red helmet is adorned with a stylized ‘G’ on each side, and a stripe down the center of the helmet.

USA Today / ESPN Rank AP Rank Team
1 1 Tennessee
2 2 Ohio State
3 3 Florida State
4 4 Arizona
6 5 Florida
5 6 Wisconsin
7 7 Tulane
8 8 UCLA
11 9 Georgia Tech
9 10 Kansas State
13 11 Texas A&M
12 12 Michigan
10 13 Air Force
14 14 Georgia
16 15 Texas
17 16 Arkansas
15 17 Penn State
18 18 Virginia
20 19 Nebraska
21 20 Miami


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2002

This painting depicts the #47 uniform of University of Georgia football player - defensive end, David Pollack. In 2004, Pollack won the Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually to college football’s best lineman or linebacker.

Pollack was selected in the first round (17th overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2005 NFL draft. He suffered a career-ending injury in the second game of his second season.Follow his NFL career here.

Here’s what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about David Pollack.

The 2002 Bulldogs captured the SEC championship for the first time since 1982. Head Coach Mark Richt led Georgia to a 13-1 record including a 30-3 win over Arkansas in the SEC Championship game and 26-13 victory over Florida State in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.

The Bulldogs finished the 2002 campaign ranked #3 in the nation in both the USA Today/ESPN and AP polls.

The 2002 Bulldog uniform featured below consisted of a red jersey with white numbers outlined in black on the shoulders, front and back of the uniform. The jersey also featured two patches; an SEC patch on the right shoulder and ‘G’ patch under the ‘v’ of the neck collar. Players sported silver pants with red, white, and black stripes down the side of each leg. A stylized ‘G’ patch appears on the hip of the pants. The red helmet is adorned with a stylized ‘G’ on each side, a stripe down the center of the helmet, and the players’ number on the back.

USA Today / ESPN Rank AP Rank Team
1 1 Ohio State
2 2 Miami
3 3 Georgia
4 4 USC
5 5 Oklahoma
7 6 Texas
6 7 Kansas State
8 8 Iowa
9 9 Michigan
10 10 Washington State
*On Probation 11 Alabama
11 12 North Carolina State
13 13 Maryland
16 14 Auburn
12 15 Boise State
15 16 Penn State
17 17 Notre Dame
14 18 Virginia Tech
18 19 Pittsburgh
21 20 Colorado

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Celebrate Georgia's football uniform history by owning a piece of history:

If you love the University of Georgia and the history of Bulldogs football, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic uniforms as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 15 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 15 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)



If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Georgia Bulldogs YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxSzTiSLgpk or go directly to the artwork website www.heritagesportsart.com/Georgia-Bulldogs-c84/ where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at www.heritagesportsart.com (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/ssillcox

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This blog was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 20, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at ssillcox@rogers.com !

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