Tony Gilbert, a three-year starter at linebacker and captain of Georgia's 2002 SEC Championship team, returned to his alma mater as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in the summer of 2011.
A native of Macon, Ga., Gilbert is the only player to lead Georgia in tackles three times since defensive records began being kept in 1976. He led the Bulldogs with 96 stops in 2000, 99 in 2001 and 114 in 2002, when he tied for the team high with Boss Bailey. Gilbert's 328 career tackles rank No. 10 among Georgia's career leaders, and the Bulldogs compiled a 29-9 record during his three seasons as a starter. In 2002, the Dogs compiled a 13-1 record en route to capturing the SEC Championship and finishing No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll. That same season, Gilbert was tabbed second-team All-SEC by league coaches and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Gilbert was drafted in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He eventually was signed by Jacksonville and played five seasons with the Jaguars from 2003-07 and two years with the Atlanta Falcons (2008-09) before returning to Jacksonville for the 2010 campaign.
Gilbert was a first-team AAAA All-State performer at Central High School in Macon and remains an active member of the Macon community. Gilbert earned his bachelor's degree in Special Education from UGA in 2011.