Feb. 20, 2012
ATHENS -- Two of the University of Georgia's greatest football players will have special awards named after them according to an announcement by UGA head coach Mark Richt.
Heisman Trophy winner Frank Sinkwich and Maxwell Award winner Charley Trippi will be honored with annual awards beginning in 2012. The Sinkwich Award will be awarded to "Georgia's Toughest Player" while the Trippi Award will be presented to "Georgia's Most Versatile Player."
"Frank Sinkwich had to be a tough by playing seven games with a broken jaw in 1941," said Richt. "By winning the Heisman Trophy, he was also a great player. I have always heard that Charley Trippi was the most exciting player of his time. It must have been a special experience to see these two great Georgia players compete on the field. It's appropriate to have two awards honoring Sinkwich and Trippi, both of whom were great players, graduates of the University, and always willing to give back to their alma mater."
Sinkwich, elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954, was known for playing almost the entire 1941 season with a broken jaw. Despite the injury, he led Georgia to a 9-1-1 record including a 382-yard total offense performance in leading the Bulldogs to a 40-26 victory over TCU in the Orange Bowl. He later led Georgia to an 11-1 record in 1942 including the SEC and national championships. He was the first pick of the 1943 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions and named All-Pro in 1943-44. Sinkwich is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. His Georgia jersey was retired in 1943.
Trippi, still regarded by many as Georgia's greatest all-around athlete, won the Maxwell Award in 1946 as the nation's top player after leading the Bulldogs to a perfect 11-0 record, SEC championship, and Sugar Bowl victory over North Carolina. As a Georgia player, he was a regular on offense and defense, punter, and kick returner. He was the first pick of the 1947 NFL Draft and led the Chicago Cardinals to the 1947 NFL title as a rookie. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, and State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. His Georgia jersey was retired in 1947.