Monday, May 31, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 96 Days to Go

On Memorial Day, we honor a Georgia legend who would fight in World War II following his football career at Georgia. To all of the veterans and those who gave their lives for our country, God bless you. Happy Memorial Day!

96: George Poschner, End #41 (1939 – 1942)

"In my opinion, George Poschner is perhaps the greatest competitor of all time, both on and off the field. I have never known anyone with more courage on the football or the battlefield".

These are the word used to describe George Poschner by Georgia legend Frank Sinkwich. The two were longtime friends from Youngstown, Ohio. When Sinkwich accepted a scholarship to play football for Georgia, he did so on the condition that Poschner would also receive one. Little did Georgia know they were getting not one, but two future All-Americans.

Poschner played end for the Dawgs from 1939 until 1942. He earned All-American honors during his senior season in 1942. As the Bulldogs were marching towards their first National Championship, Poschner was a key passing target for Sinkwich. His biggest game came in the victory over Alabama, where caught two key passes in the fourth quarter to help secure a 21-10 victory.

He was drafted in the 1943 NFL Draft, but instead enlisted in the US Army. He was honored with the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Service Cross for his service during World War II that ultimately cost him both of his legs. He was inducted in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

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