ATHENS — I made my regular Thursday morning appearance on “The Rude Awakening” show on 680 the Fan this morning and was listening in afterward to catch former UGA and NFL quarterback legend Fran Tarkenton. I was a little taken aback when I heard what the outspoken Tarkenton had to say about Georgia’s junior tailback, Todd Gurley.
Tarkenton compared Gurley to a certain other NFL running back who’s now in the Hall of Fame and whose name is NOT Herschel Walker. Have a listen. …
680’s Chris Dimino was equally surprised at Tarkenton’s comparison and asked for clarification, which Tarkenton readily repeated.
Gurley, the 6-foot-1, 226-pound junior from Tarboro, had 298 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 45-21 season-opening victory over Clemson this past Saturday. No. 6-ranked Georgia (1-0) has the week off before traveling to South Carolina on Sept. 13 to face No. 21 South Carolina. The Gamecocks (0-1, 0-1 SEC) are home against East Carolina this Saturday.
Tarkenton was an All-American quarterback at Georgia who led the Bulldogs’ to the 1959 SEC championship. After an All-Pro career with the Minnesota Vikings, Tarkenton was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1987.
Brown played just nine NFL seasons (this first four were on 12 games and the last five were only 14) and departed as the record holder for both single-season rushing yardage (1,863 in 1963) and career rushing (12,312 yards). He was also the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (106), total touchdowns (126), and all-purpose yards (15,549). He was the first player ever to reach the 100-rushing-touchdowns milestone.