No. 40 Rich Yunkus, Georgia Tech, 1969-71
Bio: The 6-foot-9 post player holds the program record for points (2,232) and scoring average (26.6). He averaged a Tech record 30.1 points as a junior, finishing sixth in the nation in scoring. He also averaged 11.4 rebounds for his career, second to only Jim Caldwell in Tech history. Yunkus was the second two-time All-American in Tech history. His jersey was retired at the close of his senior season, and he was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Why we picked him: Yunkus is one of the greats in Yellow Jackets history, and arguably their best pre-Bobby Cremins player along with Roger Kaiser. He joins Kaiser, Mark Price and Kenny Anderson as the only Tech players to earn consecutive All-America honors (not counting those selected as honorable mentions).
Others we considered:
Shandon Anderson, Georgia, 1993-96
The three-year starter averaged more than 13 points in each of his three seasons as a starter and averaged 12.9 points overall in his career. Anderson is seventh in program history in career points and third in career steals. He was a two-time pick as the Bulldogs top offensive player and he was the Bulldogs top defensive player three different years. He was selected to the SEC Legends team in 2009.
Willie Anderson, Georgia, 1985-88
Anderson was a two-time All-SEC first-team pick by the coaches, and he made one AP first-team. He was twice named the Bulldogs offensive player of the year and stands 16th in career scoring and 11th in career assists. He set the program record for points in an NCAA tournament game when he scored 35 against Kansas State in 1987. The guard was a first-round pick by the San Antonio Spurs in 1988 and played for the United States in the 1988 Summer Olympics. Anderson was named an SEC Legend in 2012.
Marvin Freeman, Braves, 1990-93
Freeman appeared in 122 games over four seasons with the Braves, finishing with a 3.44 ERA and four saves as a relief pitcher during the beginning of the Braves lengthy run of division titles.
Ronnie Hogue, Georgia, 1971-73
Hogue scored a program-record 46 points against LSU in 1971. He was an All-SEC pick by the leagues coaches in 1972. He averaged 17.8 points for his career, including a career-high 20.5 points as a junior. Hogue is 15th in school history in points. Hogue was named an SEC Legend in 2005.
Eddie Lee Ivery, Georgia Tech, 1975-78
Ivery was a second-team All-America pick by the AP and UPI and finished eighth in Heisman voting in 1978. The Thomson native rushed for a program-record 1,562 yards that season and set the single-game rushing record with 356 yards (also the NCAA record at the time) in a win over Air Force. He also remains near the top of many career records at Tech: fourth in all-purpose yards, third in rushing yards, seventh in rushing touchdowns, sixth in 100-yard games, ninth in touchdowns and 16th in scoring. Ivery was inducted in the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983.
Theron Sapp, Georgia, 1956-58
Sapp didnt have gaudy career numbers. He never rushed for more than 650 yards in a season, but the Macon native is one of four Bulldogs to have his jersey retired. That honor largely was a result workload and touchdown in a 7-0 win over Georgia Tech, snapping the Yellow Jackets eight-game winning streak in the series. He landed the nickname the Drought Breaker after the game. He was a second-team All-SEC pick in 1957 and a third-team pick the year prior.
No. 41 Eddie Mathews, Braves, 1966, 1972-74
Bio: One of the most famous Braves of all-time, Mathews played just one season of his Hall of Fame career in Atlanta. He hit 16 home runs during the franchises first season in Atlanta, becoming the only player in franchise history to play for the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves. He finished his career with 512 home runs and 12 All-Star selections. Mathews returned to manage the Braves from 1972-74, leading the team when Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run. The Braves retired his number in 2001.
Why we picked him: Mathews doesnt get picked specifically for what he did in his short time in Atlanta, although did return as manager. He gets the pick because his number is immortalized alongside other Braves greats, resting next to Hank Aaron on the façade at Turner Field. While he arrived in Atlanta at the end of his career, Mathews gave Atlanta fans two big-name stars cheer when the Braves came from Milwaukee in 1966.
Others we considered:
George Poschner, Georgia, 1940-42 Poschner was an All-SEC selection in 1942 and landed on the All-America team of Look Magazine. He earned numerous military distinctions during service in World War II. The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame inducted him in 1982.
Lenny Snow, Georgia Tech, 1965-67
Snow earned All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 1966 when he rushed for 761 yards and 12 touchdowns. He finished 17th in program history with 1,743 yards.
Philip Wheeler, Georgia Tech, 2005-07
Wheeler was a two-time All-ACC selection at linebacker. He is 10th in Tech history with 34.5 tackles for loss and ninth in career sacks with 18.5. Rivals.com named Wheeler a second-team All-American in 2006.
No. 42 Gerald Riggs, Falcons, 1982-88
Bio: Riggs picked up the slack following William Andrews devastating knee injury in 1984. He rushed for 1,486 yards and 13 touchdowns in 1984 and followed with 1,719 yards and 10 touchdowns in 1985. He finished 40 yards behind Marcus Allen for the NFL rushing title, and his 1985 total still ranks as the 27th best rushing season in NFL history. Riggs had his third straight big season in 1986, rushing for 1,327 yards and nine touchdowns. Riggs made three consecutive Pro Bowls beginning in 1985. Riggs is the franchise rushing leader with 6,631 yards, and his 48 touchdowns are second to only Michael Turner.
Why we picked him: Riggs is a tough pick over Kevin Willis, who had a much longer tenure with his team. But Willis cant match Riggs elite production. Riggs was one of the best running backs in the NFL over a four-year span, and he remains the franchise leader in rushing over some talented other guys.
Others we considered:
John Brantley, Georgia, 1984-87
Brantley led the Bulldogs in tackles in both 1986 and 1987 and has two of the top six tackle seasons for the Bulldogs. He finished his college career with 415 tackles the fourth highest total in UGA history. Brantley earned All-SEC honors in both 1986 and 1987, and he was named UGAs defensive player of the year both seasons.
Tony Gilbert, Georgia, 2000-02
The Macon native finished his career 10th in UGA history with 328 tackles, and he led the Bulldogs in tackles three straight seasons.
Randall Godfrey, Georgia, 1992-95
Godfrey was a two-time All-SEC pick once as a first-team selection and led the Bulldogs in tackles twice. He finished his career eighth in program history with 365 tackles and third in solo tackles. He later enjoyed an 12-year NFL career.
Walt Hazzard, Hawks, 1968-71
The former UCLA standout averaged 14.3 points per game over his three seasons in Atlanta. He only missed two games in his three seasons with the Hawks and finished in the top eight in assists per game each season.
Justin Houston, Georgia, 2008-10
Houston earned FWAA All-America and consensus All-SEC honors as a junior when he finished second in the SEC in sacks. He finished his college career with 20 sacks seventh best in program history. He was a finalist for both the Butkus and Bronco Nagurski awards. Houston has continued the success in the NFL, making his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2013.
Bill Krug, Georgia, 1975-77
Krug played rover and earned three All-SEC honors. He helped the Bulldogs go 10-2 in 1976 and earn a Sugar Bowl berth. Krug landed on Playboys All-America team in 1977. He is 15th in program history with 13 sacks.
Jimy Lincoln, Georgia Tech, 1991-94
Lincoln rushed for 913 yards at the time the sixth best single-season total in Tech history and won ACC Rookie of the Year honors. Injuries and the emergence of C.J. Williams and Notre Dame-transfer Dorsey Levens limited Lincoln the rest of his career, although hes still in the top 20 in rushing in Yellow Jackets history.
Sam Mitchell, Mercer, 1981-85
Mitchell is the greatest basketball player in Bears history, and he may be the most recognizable athlete in school history. He won A-Sun Conference Player of the Year after leading the Bears to the NCAA tournament in 1985. He left school as the all-time leading scorer and now ranks second behind James Florence. The Columbus native played 13 seasons in the NBA and would later win NBA Coach of the Year with the Toronto Raptors in 2006-07. Mitchells jersey is retired at Mercer, and he went into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Kevin Willis, Hawks, 1984-95, 2004-05
One of the best first-round picks in franchise history, Willis is seventh in points scored in franchise history. Only Dominique Wilkins and Tree Rollins played more games in an Atlanta Hawks uniform. The Michigan State product led the Hawks in scoring twice and rebounding six different times. Hes the franchise leader in offensive rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks single-season record holder for rebounds and rebounding average. Willis is in the top eight in both steals and blocked shots in franchise history. Hes the only Atlanta Hawks player to have a 30-rebound game. During his best run, Willis averaged 17.9 points or more for four straight seasons beginning in 1991-92, which also was the year of his only All-Star appearance and his appearance on the All-NBA third team.
Recardo Wimbush, Georgia Tech, 1999-2002
Wimbush finished his career 13th in program history with 375 tackles and 12th in career tackles for loss with 32. He was an All-ACC pick in 2002.
No. 43 Mark Wohlers, Braves, 1991-99
Bio: Wohlers is fourth in franchise history with 112 saves. He became the regular closer during the world championship season of 1995. He picked up the save his fifth of the 1995 postseason in the World Series-clinching Game 6. He would save 39 and 33 games, respectively, over the next two seasons and made the all-star team in 1996.
Why we picked him: Wohlers was right there with Gene Garber for title of best pure closer in franchise history until Craig Kimbrel arrived in 2010. Wohlers may seem like a surprising pick over Herschel Walker, but the Numbers Game is about which numbers are tied to the players who wore them, and not many people statewide know Walker wore No. 43 in high school.
Others we considered:
George Atkinson, Morris Brown, 1965-67 Atkinson went into the SIAC Hall of Fame following a standout college career that included two all-conference selections. But the Savannah native is better known for his career with the Oakland Raiders. He was the 1968 AFL Rookie of the Year and made three Pro Bowls. Atkinson is in the Raiders Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Paul Carroll, Georgia Southern, 1991-94
Carroll led the Eagles in tackles three straight season and remains the schools all-time tackles leader with 375. He also holds the record in career solo tackles.
Dave Hampton, Falcons, 1972-76
Hampton led the Falcons in rushing in each of his first four years in Atlanta. He was the first Falcons back to rush for 1,000 yards. He accomplished the feat in 1972, but he lost yardage and fell back below the mark and finished five yards short. He came up three yards shy in 1973 but finally crossed the mark with 1,002 yards in 1974.
Tony Taylor, Georgia, 2002-06
The three-year starter finished 11th in program history in solo tackles. Taylor was a second-team All-SEC pick and won the Vince Dooley MVP Award in 2006 after intercepting seven passes during the season and earning the MVP of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
Herschel Walker, Johnson County High School, 1976-79
Before he wore No. 34 at Georgia, Walker led Johnson County to a state title in 1979. He was The Telegraph Player of the Year after rushing for 3,167 yards and 45 touchdowns. The single-season yardage state record stood for 21 years, and it took 25 years for someone to eclipse 45 touchdowns in a season. He rushed for 6,137 yards and 86 touchdowns in high school and earned the Dial Award as the nationals top high school athlete. He would go on to lead Georgia to a national title as a freshman and win the Heisman Trophy as a junior. His jersey is retired at both Johnson County at Georgia.
No. 44 Hank Aaron, Braves, 1966-76
Bio: Arguably the greatest power hitter in baseball history, Aaron came with the Braves from Milwaukee to Atlanta. He already played 12 seasons with the Braves when they moved to Atlanta, where he advanced his assault on Babe Ruths all-time home run record. He hit 733 homers with the Braves franchise, and hit 335 in Atlanta. Aaron made the all-star team each of his 11 years in Atlanta. Aaron finished his career with 755 home runs and knocked in more runs than any other player in baseball history. He was also the first big leaguer with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.
Why we picked him: This is the easiest pick of the Numbers Game II. No professional player means more to the state, and Aaron was Georgias first superstar professional athlete when the three pro franchises came to Atlanta in the 1960s.
Others we considered:
Cindy Brogdon, Mercer, 1975-77
Brogdon only played two seasons at Mercer, but she managed to score 1,746 points sixth in school history. She holds the program record for career scoring average at 30.1 points, a number she averaged in both of his seasons at Mercer. Brogdon made the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. She transferred to Tennessee for her final two seasons and finished with two All-America appearances and 3,204 career points.
Bob Christian, Falcons, 1997-2002
The fan favorite started 68 games for the Falcons. Christian caught 183 passes for 1,603 yards and six touchdowns as a fullback and rushed for 625 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Jacky Dorsey, Georgia, 1974-76
Dorsey became the second player in Bulldogs history after Bob Lienhard to make two AP All-SEC first teams. He averaged 25.7 points and 11.8 rebounds as a freshman in 1974-75 and finished with 21.8 points and 9.4 rebounds the next year. Dorseys holds the program record for both season and career scoring average. He entered the NBA draft following his sophomore season.
Mackel Harris, Georgia Tech, 1976-79
One of the greatest high school players in state history, Harris signed with Georgia Tech after leading Americus to 28 consecutive wins and two state championships the 1975 Americus team allowed only eight points total in 14 games. He was a reliable linebacker at Georgia Tech, finishing with 390 tackles, which is still 10th best in program history.
Alan Henderson, Hawks, 1995-2004
Henderson was a reliable option for the Hawks for nearly a decade. He began a four-year string of averaging 10.5 points or more beginning in 1997-98.
Pete Maravich, Hawks, 1970-74
Maravich spent his first four seasons in the NBA in Atlanta. He averaged at least 19 points each season and finished with seasons of 26.1 and 27.7 points per game. The LSU product averaged 25.5 points in 17 playoff games for the Hawks. The former NCAA AP Player of the Year made two All-Star games as a Hawks player. He was traded to the New Orleans Jazz in 1974 for two players and five draft picks
John Big Train Moody, Morris Brown, 1938-41
Moody scored 109 of the Wolverines 216 points on the way to an SIAC championship in 1940. He finished with a total of 290 points, which set a historically black college football record, according to the Onnidan.
Freddy Pesqueria, Georgia Southern, 1999-2002
Pesqueria finished second in program history with 353 tackles and 51.5 tackles for loss and 10th in career sacks. He was a three-time All-America selection, including as a consensus pick in 2001 and 2002, and he made three All-Southern Conference teams. Pesqueria was the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2001.
John Settle, Falcons, 1987-90
Settles career was short, but he did manage 1,024 yards and seven touchdowns in 1988. He added 570 yards on 68 receptions and finished fifth in the NFL in all-purpose yards, earning a spot in the Pro Bowl along the way. He was the first undrafted player since the NFL-AFL merger to rush for 1,000 yards.
Ben Zambiasi, Georgia, 1974-77
Zambiasi was a tackling machine during his time in Athens. He holds the UGA record with 465 career tackles (247 of which were solo) and earned All-SEC honors each of his final three seasons. The Macon native helped the Bulldogs to a SEC championship in 1976 and earned All-America honors from Family Weekly. Zambiasi played 14 seasons in the CGL, earning All-CFL honors five times and winning the leagues defensive player of the year award in 1979.
No. 45 Boss Bailey, Georgia, 1998-2002
Bio: Baileys best season came in 2002 when he led the Bulldogs in tackles (114). He was the overall team captain and the leader of a unit that finished fourth in the nation in scoring defense. The Bulldogs went 14-1 and won the Sugar Bowl, finishing the 2002 season with a No. 3 national ranking. The Folkston native earned All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Walter Camp in 2002.
Why we picked him: Bailey doesnt have the tackle numbers of Bright or Williams. But he was a more impactful player on a better team than Bright and a more vital cog to his defense than perhaps Williams, who was overshadowed on his own defense by Marco Coleman, Coleman Rudolph, Willie Clay and Ken Swilling. Bailey was an All-American, while Bright and Williams were both second-team all-conference players.
Others we considered:
Greg Bright, Georgia, 1994-97
Bright was one of the more productive linebackers in program history. He led Georgia in tackles twice and finished his career with 453 tackles, 14 shy of Zambiasis program record. Bright holds the UGA record for solo tackles with 290.
Bruce Dalrymple, Georgia Tech, 1984-87
Dalrymple probably doesnt get the credit he deserves because he played alongside Mark Price and John Salley. But he managed to average in double figures in scoring all four years at Tech. He was ACC Rookie of the Year after averaging 13.6 points as a freshman and landed on the All-ACC second team in 1986. The New York City native recorded the first triple-double in program history and was later inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.
P.J. Daniels, Georgia Tech, 2002-05
Daniels has two of the top three rushing games in Tech history, highlighted by a memorable 307-yard performance in the 2003 Humanitarian Bowl. Daniels, a former walk-on, rushed with 1,447 yards as a sophomore in 2003. He rushed for a combined 1,644 yards and 11 touchdowns his final two seasons. The two-time All-ACC pick finished his career with 3,346 yards fifth best in program history.
T.J. Duckett, Falcons, 2002-05
The third piece of the Falcons DVD rushing attack provided the heavy change-of-pace back to Warrick Dunn and Mike Vick. Duckett had his career-best season in 2003 with 779 yards and 11 touchdowns. He rushed for 2,175 yards and 31 touchdowns (sixth best in franchise history) with the Falcons.
Jerrelle Williams, Georgia Tech, 1988-91
Williams held the Tech record for career tackles (437) until Keith Brooking broke it in 1997, and he remains second on the list. He has two of the top 10 tackle seasons in school history with his consecutive 145-tackle seasons in 1989 and 1990.
No. 46 Craig Kimbrel, Braves, 2010-current
Bio: Kimbrel hasnt pitched three full seasons in the big leagues yet, but hes already third in franchise history in saves. He has more saves that Mark Wohlers despite pitching in nearly 200 fewer innings. He saved 46 games in his first season as closer and added another 42 saves in 2012. Only John Smoltz has more saves in a single season (55 in 2002). Kimbrel has made three consecutive all-star games along with winning the 2011 NL Rookie of the Year and the 2012 NL Rolaids Relief award. He finished eighth in Cy Young voting in 2012.
Why we picked him: Few pros selected in the Numbers Game have a shorter sample size than Kimbrel, but his time with the Braves is no different than the achievements considered by most of our college selections for the project.
Others we considered:
Kerry Ligtenberg, Braves, 1997-2002
Ligtenberg finished fourth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1997 after saving 30 games for the Braves. He would never have the same success as a closer, but he did finish with a 3.04 ERA in 386 games for the Braves.
David Sims, Georgia Tech, 1974-76
Sims led the Yellow Jackets in rushing three consecutive seasons. He finished his Tech career with 2,274 yards and 21 touchdowns, both 10th in program history.
Will Witherspoon, Georgia, 1998-2001
Witherspoon made 26 starts at linebacker over three seasons at Georgia and finished with 211 tackles. Witherspoon has played 11 seasons in the NFL, earning team MVP honors with the St. Louis Rams in 2007.
No. 47 Tom Glavine, Braves, 1987-2002, 2008
Bio: Glavine broke into the Braves rotation in 1988 and remained there for 16 years. He won 244 games with the Braves (he had 305 overall wins) and finished second only to Greg Maddux among wins in the 1990s. Glavine won two Cy Young Awards and finished with 20 or more wins five times. He made eight of his 10 All-Star game appearances with the Braves. He threw eight shutout innings in the championship-clinching Game 6 of the 1995 World Series and was named World Series MVP. The Braves retired his number in 2010.
Why we picked him: While David Pollacks career at Georgia prevents this from being a no-brainer, Glavine is still the clear selection. Hes one of only six left-handed pitchers in baseball history to win 300 games and his dominance during the Braves run of divisional titles will earn him enshrinement in Cooperstown.
Others we considered:
Robert Edwards, Georgia, 1995-97
Edwards was a two-time All-SEC second team selection after leading the Bulldogs in rushing in both 1996 and 1997. Hes fourth in UGA history with a career average of 88.4 rushing yards per game. He finished his career with 2,033 yards and is a member of the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame. The Sandersville native was a first-round pick in the 1998 NFL draft.
Riccardo Ingram, Georgia Tech, 1984-87
Ingram is one of the most versatile athletes in school history. The Douglas native is still ninth in Tech history for tackles by a defensive back and earned All-ACC honors in 1986. Ingram was a consensus first-team All-America selection as an outfielder in 1987. He was on the ACC 50th anniversary baseball team. Ingram is one of just two Yellow Jackets (along with Joe Hamilton) to be named ACC athlete of the year.
David Pollack, Georgia, 2001-04
Pollack is one of the toughest omissions in the Numbers Game II. Arguably the greatest Georgia player since Herschel Walker, Pollack joined Walker as a three-time All-America selection. Pollack won the Lombardi, Bednarik, Lott and Hendricks Trophies as a senior. He finished his career with 283 tackles second in program history among defensive linemen and with a UGA-record 36 sacks. His professional career ended prematurely due to a neck injury.
Nate Taylor, Georgia, 1979-82
Taylor led the Bulldogs in tackles twice and finished his career with 390 tackles. He was only behind Zambiasi in career tackles when he left school, and he still remains fifth in program history.
No. 48 Ralph Garr, Braves, 1968-75
Bio: After three seasons as a bouncing between the minors and majors, Garr took over as a regular starter in 1971 and stayed in the lineup for five seasons. He had three 200-hit seasons, leading the NL in batting average, hits and triples in 1974. He hit .325 or better in three of his five seasons as a starter and finished with a .317 average in Atlanta. He also stole 137 bases with the Braves. He made the all-star team in 1974. Garr went into the Braves Hall of Fame in 2006.
Why we picked him: Garr was one of the better Braves position players prior to the Bobby Cox/John Schuerholz-era. He is tied with Rico Carty for the best career batting average since the franchise moved to Atlanta and ranked behind only George Sisler in franchise history since 1900. He also holds Atlanta Braves single-season records for hits (219) and triples (17).
Others we considered:
Knox Culpepper, Georgia, 1981-84
Culpepper was a two-time All-SEC selection who has the top-two tackle seasons in UGA history. He had 166 tackles in 1983 and followed that with 170 tackles in 1984. He remains sixth in Bulldogs history in tackles.
Tommy Hanson, Braves, 2009-12
Hanson will most likely be remembered as a guy who never fulfilled his promise as a first-round pick, but he has some good moments, especially at the start of his career. He finished 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in 108 starts in Atlanta before getting traded to the Angels after the 2012 season.
Russ Ortiz, Braves, 2003-04
Ortizs stint in Atlanta was short, but he did win an NL-best 21 games in 2003, made the All-Star game and finished fourth in the Cy Young voting. He finished 36-16 with a 3.97 ERA in 68 starts as a Braves pitcher.
Frank Ros, Georgia, 1977-80
Ros was voted permanent captain following the 1980 national championship season, the second as a starter at middle linebacker.
No. 49 Jeff Hipp, Georgia, 1978-80
Bio: Hipp was a two-year starter at safety, including during the Bulldogs national championship season in 1980. He was voted defensive captain following the 1980 season and earned All-SEC honors from both the AP and UPI. He was voted most outstanding defensive player in both the 1979 and 1980 seasons. Hipp had 14 interceptions at UGA, with eight coming in 1980. He ranks third in program history in interceptions behind Jake Scott and Bacarri Rambo.
Why we picked him: There werent a ton of notable No. 49s in state history, but Hipp deserves credit at almost any number as the most productive defensive player on a national title team.
Others we considered:
Jair Jurrjens, Braves, 2008-12
Like Hanson, Jurrjens finished his Braves career as a disappointment, particularly considered how good he pitched in 2009 and 2011. He went 14-10 with a 2.60 ERA in 2009 and then 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA in 2011. He made the All-Star game in 2011 and was a candidate to start for the NL. Jurrjens went 50-36 with a 3.58 ERA in 118 starts in Atlanta.
John Rocker, Braves, 1998-2001
Rocker exploded on to the scene with 38 saves in 1999. He followed with two more 20-save season, but none were as productive as 1999. He became infamous after some comments made to Sports Illustrated after the 1999 season and was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2001 after pitching 210 games for the Braves.
J.T. Wall, Georgia,
The former walk-on became a key starter during the Bulldogs 13-win season and Sugar Bowl championship in 2002.
Chip Wisdom, Georgia, 1968-1971
Wisdom earned three consecutive All-SEC team selections.