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Woerner! Woerner! Woerner!
Posted Jul 27, 2006
Scott Woerner was a cornerback and punt returner for Georgia from 1977 to 1980. He had 13 career interceptions which is still 4th on the Dawgs all-time list. He had 2 more in the 1981 Sugar Bowl game to help the Bulldogs win a national championship. He also had 2 career touchdowns on punt returns including one in 1978 vs Georgia Tech which made Larry Munson scream "Woerner! Woerner! Woerner!
-- What are you doing now?
-- I am a P.E. teacher in Rabun County. I was a science teacher for 6 years before that. I am also a middle school football coach.
-- You had a successful career at
both as a cornerback and a punt returner, what do more people talk about when the realize who you are?
-- Actually people talk about the big games in general, like the championship game, not about big plays I made.
-- Well, I remember one of your plays, the 98 yard interception return for a touchdown vs
in 1980... take me back...
-- Basically I dropped back and the quarterback threw it right at me. I think the receiver was right behind me, but I caught it and just ran and ran. It was just one of those gifts.
-- The national championship game in 1981... you made 2 interceptions...
-- A game like that you have to make big plays.
-- 1980 was such a special season, you were a senior, but what did you think about your freshman Herschel Walker when he first joined the team?
-- He didn't really do a whole lot until that first game vs
. Then he took over and was amazing.
-- What was Erk Russell like?
-- What a great man! He was the ultimate motivator.
-- Did he ever head-butt you?
-- No, he mostly did that to the lineman. Games are won or lost by what goes on at the line.
-- You were drafted by the Falcons, but after a year you switched to the USFL, why did you switch?
-- The Falcons cut me.
-- What was the main differences in the talent of the USFL and the NFL?
-- The depth. I think the first team in the USFL was pretty close to the first team in the NFL. The second and third teams were not even close. There was a lot of talent in the USFL, though.
-- You were an All-Pro Safety for the Stars, Herschel Walker was an All-Pro Running Back for the Generals, did you ever tackle him?
-- Yep. I smash mouthed him a few times. I have pictures of it, too.
-- Do you go to games at all in Athens?
-- I try to go a few games a year.
-- Thank you for your time and the great memories you provided for all the Bulldog fans.
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