Thursday, May 7, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #22 (Randall Godfrey)

Friday, May 29th marks 99 days until Georgia and Oklahoma State kick off their 2009 seasons in Stillwater. Leading up that date, we are counting down the Top 25 UGA football players of the past 25 seasons.

22. Randall Godfrey, LB (1992-1995)
  • All-SEC: 1992 (Coaches 1st team), 1993 (Associated Press 2nd team)
  • 8th All-Time at UGA in career total tackles (365), 3rd All-Time at UGA in career solo tackles (231)
  • Leading team tackler in 1992 and 1993 (114 each season)

One of the most productive and talented linebackers ever to play in Athens, Godfrey began his career as one of the most promising freshman defensive players that UGA has ever seen or likely will see. He was a 1st team All-SEC performer as a freshman, and had another very solid year as a sophomore. In 1994, he was moved to middle linebacker and his production suffered (as did the entire defense's.) A move back to the outside in 1995 got him back on track.

Godfrey was a vicious tackler, but also one of the more intelligent defensive players to grace the field at Sanford Stadium, which gained him a 12 year NFL career with 5 different teams (Dallas, Tennessee, Seattle, San Diego and Washington) before officially retiring in 2008. He returned to UGA this year to get his degree, and now spends time coaching his children.


Otto said...

One of the best....kinda expected him a bit higher. Wow, to be 35 and just retired from a 12 yr NFL career with your health intact....clean livin!!

Bop said...

It could definitely be argued that he's the best LB in Georgia history...both as a collegian and a pro.

JJ said...

I hear you, Otto. It either means that there are alot of really good players ahead of him on the list, or I am way off. Could easily be the latter. It should be interesting as we move forward. I expect much disagreement over a couple of the names I have up the list.