When will we see Georgia Football retire another number?

Georgian football has four numbers retired, and there is no honor in a bigger program than having a number retired. In college football, this is a rare occasion. Georgia hadn’t retired a jersey number since 1985, when the famous 34 was last worn.

The four numbers retired are #62 for Charley Trippi, #21 for Frank Sinkwich, #34 for Walker and #40 for Theron Sapp.

These four guys are some of the greatest Damn Good Dawgs out there, so it’s understandable that no one else can wear their jerseys. However, we beg the question of when the next jersey retirement could be for the Dawgs.

What will it take for the Dawgs to retire their fifth jersey? Will this ever happen? If Stetson Bennett rocks the college football scene this year and miraculously wins another national title, would his number be of any consideration?

Georgian football may retire another number in the future, but who?

While three of the four jerseys retired due to outstanding careers, Sapp retired his jersey due to an outstanding game.

Going into Georgia’s 1957 game with Georgia Tech, they had lost eight straight games to their in-state rival. Not only losing eight in a row to Tech, but Georgia hadn’t scored a touchdown in one of the last four games.

Everything changed when Sapp recovered a fumble while playing defense. Then, on the next offensive drive, he scored a touchdown. Sapp was known as the “Drought Breaker” and his number was retired in 1958. He would graduate from Georgia, scoring six touchdowns during his career.

Those numbers are a far cry from Walker. He rushed for 5,259 yards and scored 52 touchdowns. Walker was the first college football freshman to be named to the first-team All-American. He would be a three-time All-American and win the 1982 Heisman Trophy.

Sinkwich also won a Heisman Trophy in 1942 – the first winner in program history. Georgia also won its first national championship that season, and it earned All-American honors twice. Sinkwich had 60 touchdowns in Athens, including 30 passing and 30 rushing. He scored the only touchdown for Georgia in the 1943 Rose Bowl, a 9–0 win over UCLA to win the program’s first national title.

Trippi won the Maxwell Prize and played for the undefeated Georgia football team in 1946. He was a unanimous All-American selection that season. Trippi played for Georgia in their 1943 Rose Bowl game. He started his career in Georgia in 1942. However, after the 1943 season, Trippi left Athens to serve in the United States Air Force during World War II .

Retiring numbers is a rare occasion in college sports, more so than in professional sports. With the constant cycle of players coming and going, numbers are very often reused. In professional sports, an athlete can have a number from fifteen to twenty. In addition, the number of university retirees could affect recruitment.

This summer, former Pitt wide receiver Jordan Addison transferred to the University of Southern California. Addison wanted to wear number 3 like he wore it at Pitt’s. The only problem was that USC retired the number to honor Carson Palmer. Addison mentioned he spoke with Palmer, and Addison will wear number 3 for the Trojans in 2022.

There are usually rumors around Georgia, mostly the fanbase, about Georgia pulling another number. The first mentioned is number 47 worn by David Pollack. He is the only three-time first-team All-American in Georgia history.

Pollack won the Lombardi Trophy and the Bednarik Trophy. When he graduated, his class left Georgia as the highest earning class ever. Easily one of the most decorated players to ever wear red and black. However, his number is not retired. The number was primarily worn by extras Andrew Williams, Chad Gloer and Dan Jackson. Defensive end Ray Drew also wore the number from 2011 to 2014.

I’m sure the one that will gain momentum in the future will be Jordan Davis’ No. 99. He didn’t turn on a stat sheet, but his presence on arguably the greatest defense of all time shouldn’t be overlooked. He was an All-American and won the Bednarik and Outland Trophy in 2021.

He helped Georgia win its first national championship in 41 years. Along with his phenomenal play and hustle, Georgia fans will always love Davis for his personality. His giant smile was contagious. He always had fun and made people smile. Davis represented the university at an elite level, and we don’t toss that word around here easily.

The last one I’m going to bring up is the one I mentioned earlier – Bennett’s #13. He not only led Georgia to a national championship, but his story is incredible.

Bennett is us – a Georgia fan since birth, doing what we all dreamed of as kids. He’s a former extra, so he did it the hard way. Bennett kept going, left for junior college, then came back to be a third-string quarterback and had to break his back to save playing time. That hard work led him to be the winning flagger of the title which, just like Sapp, ended the drought,

Imagine if he won two national championships. The No. 13 wouldn’t just represent a National Championship quarterback. This would represent believing in yourself when no one else does.

Is there a number you think should be retired?

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