Posted: 5:34 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Former UGA great Tim Worley returns to counsel Bulldogs 

By Chip Towers

ATHENS – Former Georgia great Tim Worley attended the Bulldogs’ practice on Thursday, and he was beaming after getting a look the running back group.

Worley said it reminded him of his time in Athens back in the mid- to late-1980s, when he shared carries with the likes of Rodney Hampton, Lars Tate and Keith Henderson. Each one of them ended up in the NFL, and he expects the same will true of the ones who are currently wearing UGA’s red and black.

“It’s great to see Georgia still has that stable of running backs,” Worley said of Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Brendan Douglas, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. “We keep a stable of running backs and that’s what I love about this university.”

But Worley wasn’t here to size up the Bulldogs’ tailbacks. He was in town to address the entire team’s character.  Worley now runs a company called Worley Global Enterprises and he travels the country as a motivational speaker and life skills consultant for college and professional athletes as well as corporate leadership, recovery centers and young adult groups. He was invited to talk to the team by coach Mark Richt, who has had to deal with several high-profile disciplinary issues in the last year.

“I talked about character and ‘higher-ground habits,'” Worley said. “One of the things we’re seeing all across the nation when it comes to athletes is they’re slowing sabotaging their careers. . When you look at my history, that’s one of the things I did. I had the world in the palm of my hands and I sabotaged it. I have a hatred for that now.”

After rushing for 1,216 yards as a junior at Georgia, Worley became the seventh pick of the 1989 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. But his career lasted only six years, cut short by his abuse of alcohol and drugs.

Worley’s life reached a low point in 2008 when he was arrested for DUI and tasered during a highly-publicized arrest in Smyrna. But he’s proud to say that he turned his life around after that incident and has been sober ever since.

“I had to learn the hard way and I came to let these young men know they don’t have to go through that,” Worley said. “I told them, ‘as you work your bodies out, as you build to be a better football player, also work your character out, to be a better human being off the field.”

Worley has taken a particular interest in Georgia’s current top tailbacks. He met Gurley and Marshall last year and delights in the fact that they are North Carolinians like himself.

“They’re my homeboys,” said Worley, who hails from Lumberton. “I like that Georgia is really recruiting the state of North Carolina. Outstanding young men, very, very respectful and professional.”

Worley has been married for the past four years to Dee Foster, the former All-American gymnast for Alabama, and they live in Huntsville, Ala.

On, yeah, and he could play a little, too. Some of his Georgia highlights:

39 comments
MoistDawg
MoistDawg

worley is a dgd and I hope CMR beings more people in to talk to them ive always said we need some pro wrestlers to come in and teach them some toughness and swagger and mabey even ted turner

Bulldog06
Bulldog06

I was at that Florida game when he was a freshman.  He just KILLED them.  And they couldn't believe it. They supposedly had a good team that year, maybe it was during the Emmitt Smith years (he never beat Georgia).  Those memories are priceless.  Beating Florida.  What was it, something like 9 years in row before Steve Spurrier got there?  Man, I love to beat them, AND their jean shorts.

DawginCO
DawginCO

Is it possible to give us the option to "dislike" a comment?  How about a rotten egg icon?  I sure want to slap one on that sorry excuse of a post TB put up.  Can we do this please?  lol

Stinger90
Stinger90

Heard intersting story about Worley.  Donnan was recruiting him for Oklahoma.  Clemson was after Worley too.  Momma didnt want him to go to Okla because it was so far away.  So when Donnan knew Okla couldnt get him, he called UGA. (connection was Bill Dooley) and told them they might be able to sign Tim.  UGA (maybe Cavan?) went up and signed Worley.

PigIron
PigIron

In other news, I hear that Carly Fiorina has started a new career as a motivational speaker / life coach and is making the rounds lecturing up-and-coming business executives regarding how to avoid bankrupting successful tech businesses.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

(1) Do folks hate Mark Richt ?

(2) Is Mark Richt 1 of the most accomplished D1 coaches ever at 54-26 the # 23 won/lost after 2007 ?

(3) Character trumps winning, or the kids themselves & all of us would like to not be 7-22 vs teams making the AP or Coaches' Polls Top 25 after 2007 ?


http://ugathomasbrown.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/whats-this-crap-that-there-are-mark-richt-haters-23-won-lost-after-2007-with-2-best-talent-entire-mark-richt-era/


With # 2 best avg recruiting rankings 2001-2014 and # 2 most NFL Draft Picks to verify that, 54-26 makes anyone hate Mark Richt or winning is not important just being a nice guy does, or we need to fix this by addressing it, embracing our areas needing improvement ?


How are areas of weakness worked on : By burying our heads in the sand they're not a weakness ?


That how that works ?

59bulldawg
59bulldawg

He was a favorite of mine too! Happy to know he's doing well! Hope these young men listened to him.

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

Tim Worley was one of my favorite RBs. I love to hear we are taking time to teach our young men life skills.

7mm08
7mm08

I remember him sharing that the policeman who tazed him in Atlanta was an angel sent by Jesus that was the beginning of teh change in his life...

DawginCO
DawginCO

Ok so where is that scuz bucket that used to be called Poad?  Time to eat crow.  Here is one of our supposed thugs that turned it around and now is spending his time trying to reach others.  Yeah, Athens really is terrible isn't it?  Every kid who goes there becomes a thug.  That is what he says.  Guess what?  WRONG!  Tim Worley is living proof.  I just love when the trolls have the truth shoved down their throats.

MikeBuglioli
MikeBuglioli

Very happy for Tim and for turning his life around. Thank you for this article about his status. God bless Tim and his family. Saw Tim play many a time and no one hit the "hole" like him with that speed.

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

Thanks for sharing your story with the Dawgs.


OkieDawg
OkieDawg

Good for Tim! I'm thinking we need to go ahead and offer athletic scholarships to any child that comes out of the union of Tim and Dee. We need kids of great parents, high character parents and parents that swim in the deep end of the gene pool! Keep it up Tim...You are mentoring and changing the lives of young people. You are a DGD and well, let me say with great difficulty, go Dee...Roll _ _ _ _ (I just couldn't say it). Many thanks.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DawginCO

If you slapped one on every "sorry excuse of a post" ThomAss put up, you wouldn't have time for much of anything else.

ToddBearden
ToddBearden

@ThomasBrownUGA Tim Worley was awesome!


And, yes, character trumps winning...otherwise UGA would be just like Auburn or FSU.  We'll take the high ground and win it the right way.  


I don't care as much about the head coach as I do care about getting the good guys on our team.  Whether it's Richt or Saban or Miles or whomever, the players play the games, not the coaches.  You want to blame somebody?  Point the finger at Conley or Swan or Matthews or any other player for not winning it all.  You do realize Matthews, the dude that cost us the AU game, is one of the questionable character guys and now plays for...you guessed it...AU.  

DawginCO
DawginCO

@ThomasBrownUGA Is that all you can say?  I doubt you are a real Bulldog fan but if you are, you are a disgrace.  Stuff your cherry picked statistics TB.  Get help.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@7mm08 


Na.....it was just a multi-millionaire evangelist laying hands on him.....to see how much money he had in the bank.  When the evangelist envisioned that Worley did not have much NFL money left, he just walked off and left him for the policeman. The creator of the universe then smiled......and knew Worley would then be able to figure it all out for himself.....because he had it within himself to do so.  He was and is fortunate.    

DunwoodyDawg
DunwoodyDawg

@DawginCO Don't waste your time on Poad. Those folks only come around when something fits their narrative.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@DawgNole 


That sums up your own posts here Troll, that you do not have time to do anything else but troll.


My post on the other hand, is that we're # 23 in won/lost record after 2007, which - according to Todd Gurley II - is mediocre.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@TampGator1  Ok whatever you say Tampa.  Worley ran himself into a hole and the shock ( no pun intended) of being tazed got through to him.  If Tim views that as being heaven sent then who cares?  It worked.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@JackClemens  We have some full blown loonies on these blogs.  A Psychologist would could do some great research here.  Wow.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@DawginCO @JackClemens 


Yeah, we sure do have some loonies on here - with all the DISNEYdawgs.com here on the AJ-C who think 54-26 is some SELECTED group of stats, rather than OUR won/lost record good for # 23 in the nation after 2007.


Boy howdy, we're great.  I return you now to your regularly scheduled B.S. of how great we're doing.


You've got to love this !  You can't make this B.S. up that 3 Mark Richt Apologists say that our won/lost record after 2007 through current to-date, which is # 23 best in the nation at 54-26, is


JUST A SELECTED stat.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Reggie_Ball  LOL!  They'll point to their upgraded recruiting and say they are lowering their standards.  They'll delude themselves into believing that it was a case of getting the wrong type of kid.  Just watch.  They can't accept that pot smoking is ubiquitous and that it is just a matter of getting caught not that it isn't being done.  

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Grant1296  I agree with a lot of what he says about UGA, and he doesn't say as much about GT as he used too. So far so good. TB's OK...............now i have a true fan of yall's who likes to disrespect my dead mom. Karma will take care of that.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@ThomasBrownUGA Here is reality Thomas Brown.  99.9% of all humanity would look at your posts ( translated when necessary) and say "who cares?  He needs to get a life".  That is reality.


Reality check#2 :  If you and I were to have a debate in front of an impartial audience,  it wouldn't take them even a minute to determine that you are unhinged.  I'd win by default because your spittle spewing raving would have them laughing you off the stage.


So there you have it.  You are simply out of of your fricking gourd and almost everyone here knows it. 

DawginCO
DawginCO

@ThomasBrownUGA You are pathetic.  You and your obsession with spewing cherry picked statistics that are usually incorrect and addled, semi coherent responses qualify for admission to a mental hospital long before any fan that is merely optimistic about a football team.


Get help.  

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Reggie_Ball Oh and probably there will be some BS about him not being smart enough for Tech because he got caught in there somewhere as well.  LOL.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DawginCO @ThomasBrownUGA

Like most arrogant, condescending, hypocritical, dishonest, deceitful, hate-filled, narcissistic jerks, he doesn't think he needs help.

Don't believe it? Just wait 'til you see his responses.