Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 66 Days to Go

66: Herb St. John, Guard #39 (1944 -1947)

Despite blocking for Georgia greats Frank Sinkwich and Charley Trippi, Georgia’s offensive lines during the 1940’s were considered by many to be below average. The exception was four time All-SEC offensive lineman Herb St. John. St. John came to Georgia from Jacksonville, Florida and was a four year starter on both the offensive and defensive line. Georgia would compile a 34-9-1 record during those four years, including an undefeated season (11-0) in 1946. St.John’s offensive line helped Charley Trippi account for 1,366 total yards on the ground and in the air. Trippi was awarded the Maxwell Trophy, St.John was named an All-American, and Georgia was declared National Champions by the Williams Poll.

Here are some highlights from Georgia’s 1946 victory over Alabama:

St. John played in multiple collegiate level All-Star games following the 1944 and 1946 seasons. He played two years of professional football before retiring from football. He went on to have a successful career as high school, winning 115 games over a 19 year career. He was inducted into the Georgia Circle of Honor in 2004.

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