Bubba Watson (right, with Robert Griffin III)
July 12, 2012
LOS ANGELES --- Former Georgia standouts Matthew Stafford and Bubba Watson were chosen as winners at the 20th annual ESPY Awards on Wednesday.
Stafford, the quarterback of the NFL's Detroit Lions, was voted as the Comeback Athlete of the Year, while Watson was picked as the Best Male Golfer.
Stafford, who played for Georgia from 2006-08, threw for more than 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns in leading Detroit to its first playoff berth in 12 years during the 2011 season. He was the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards. He accomplished these feats after being limited to 13 games his first two seasons in the NFL due to shoulder injuries. He appeared in just three games in 2010 before surgery shelved him for the rest of the year.
Watson, a Bulldog in 2000 and 2001, won his first major in 2012 as he claimed the Masters in April. Watson topped Louis Oosthuizen in a two-hole playoff, winning after executing a recovery shot from the pine trees more than 160 yards away (a shot that was nominated for the Best Moment ESPY). This season, Watson has earned more than $3.7 million and is ranked fourth in the FedEx Cup and sixth in the World Golf Rankings. He and his wife, Angie, a former Georgia basketball star, recently became parents as they adopted a son, Caleb.