This is the last of the interview series from the United Way kids’ football clinic held at Jubilee Park in Dallas on April 25. The primary sponsor of the event was Nissan, who partnered with the Heisman Trust and Habitat for Humanity.
Remember Heisman great George Rogers
Heisman.com has the following profile information for South Carolina Gamecocks Heisman great George Rogers:
Ball carriers can get pigeonholed as musclers or runabouts, not Rogers. S.C. backfield coach Bob Brown called him the ideal mix of bigness and quickness. New Orleans Saints coach Bum Phillips, who made Rogers the top NFL ’81 draft choice, also noted the running back’s double edge – Rogers could dodge a defender or run over him. At tailback for the S.C. Gamecocks, Rogers rolled up 21 consecutive wins and led the nation in rushing with 1,781 yards and tied for third in TDs with 14. On top of these great statistics, Rogers set an example in perseverance. There was a time in his youth when he couldn’t afford the $2 insurance fee needed to play. Uneasy about contact when he started high school ball, he changed into a skilled hitter. When the 1980 season opened, he was a Heisman long shot, but when the voting was over he led decisively. In his first NFL season, he was one of the league’s leading ground-gainers. George played with the Washington Redskins, Super Bowl Champions.
George was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1997.
Rogers finished his college career with 5,091 yards rushing, ranking him 15th all time among NCAA runners. In 1979, he amassed 1,681 yards on the ground and finished seventh in Heisman voting. In 1980, his senior year, he went off for 1,781 yards and won the Heisman. He was also a consensus All-American in ’80.
Selected in the NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints, Rogers enjoyed four productive years there before moving on to the Washington Redskins. In seven NFL seasons, Rogers ran for 7,176 yards and scored 54 rushing touchdowns. He surpassed 1,000 yards rushing four times. In the 1987-88 season, his Redskins team defeated the Denver Broncos 42-10 in Super bowl XXII.
George Rogers Interview
We were a little late with the recorder. The beginning of the interview involves discussion of whether Rogers thinks the Houston Texans will take Johnn Manziel number one overall in the upcoming NFL draft.
The following interview was conducted with the aid of Rob Wren, whose contributions to the event were invaluable.
George Rogers on Johny Manziel
This kid wears a size 15 shoe. I shook hands with him…my hand went into his. Into his…and he can move, too.