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CLASS OF 1981

 

TOMMY BARNES

Thomas William “Tommy” Barnes was born in Monroe in 1915 and became one of Georgia’s great amateur golfers. Barnes qualified for the U.S. Amateur 16 consecutive times. He won the 1935 and ‘37 Atlanta City Amateur, and the Bobby Jones Four-Ball and Dogwood Tournament five times each. During his college years, he captained the 1937 and 1938 Georgia Tech teams. In 1941, he captured the Georgia Amateur title. He took the Pan-Am title in 1944, while serving in the U.S. Navy. Barnes played in the 1950 Masters Tournament and was a member of the U.S. Walker Cup Team. In 1988, at age 73, Barnes shot a 62 at East Lake Country Club, breaking Bobby Jones’ 1922 record of 63. Tommy served as a GSGA Director for 18 years, was the USGA Southeastern Sectional Committee Director for 14 years, directed the Southern Golf Association, and served as president of the Atlanta City Golf Association. Barnes was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981, the Southern Golf Hall of Fame in 1987, and Atlanta Athletic Club Hall of Fame in 1995. The GSGA’s overall Player of the Year Award is named after Barnes.

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MARION CAMPBELL

Francis Marion Campbell nicknamed "Swamp Fox" because of his first and middle names, was an All-SEC pick in each of his three seasons with the Georgia Bulldogs from 1949-1951. The defensive tackle was drafted by San Francisco in 1952 and spent two years with the 49ers before being traded to Philadelphia. He spent six seasons with the Eagles where he became an All-Pro and was on the 1960 NFL title team. He was one of the last of the NFL's "two-way" players who played all offensive and defensive snaps in a game. Campbell was considered a top defensive mind and had a hand in working with some of the greatest defensive lines in NFL history, guiding the Minnesota Vikings “Purple People Eaters” and coaching the Los Angeles Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” in the 1960s. As a defensive coordinator with the Eagles, he helped lead the team to Super Bowl XV, then became the team’s head coach in 1983 after Dick Vermeil resigned. Campbell had two stints as the Atlanta Falcons head coach, serving in that role from 1974-76 and 1987-89. He ended his coaching career at his alma mater in 1994, serving as defensive coordinator.

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BILL HARTMAN, JR.

William “Bill” Hartman, Jr. of Thomaston was a three-year football letterman at Georgia, playing fullback and linebacker for the Bulldogs. In 1937, he served as team captain and was named both All-American and first team All-Conference. Hartman also holds the Georgia record for the most punts in a single game, having booted 14 of them against Auburn in 1937. He also boomed an 82 yard punt against Tulane. After graduation, he signed with the Washington Redskins who wanted him as a backup to quarterback Sammy Baugh. When Baugh was injured in the preseason, Hartman started for the first six games of the season and threw the winning pass in a win over the Eagles in his first NFL game. After two pro seasons, Hartman migrated back to Athens to work as an assistant to Wally Butts. He stayed on the Dawgs staff from 1939 until 1956 and chaired the Georgia Student Educational Fund starting in 1960. Beginning in the early 1970s, he served as the Bulldogs' kicking coach, consistently turning out exceptional punters and placekickers. He’s been inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame and is a member of the University of Georgia Circle of Honor.

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LEONARD (LEN) HAUSS

Leonard “Len” Hauss was a bruising fullback from Jesup who rushed for over 1500 yards and 125 touchdowns his high school senior season. Hauss played for coach John Donaldson who had played for the University of Georgia and helped the talented Hauss land in Athens. But at the encouragement of Georgia backfield coach Charley Trippi, Len moved to offensive line and began a very remarkable career at center. As a sophomore in 1961, a knee injury almost ended his career, but his determination enabled him to recover well enough to letter that season. The Washington Redskins drafted Hauss in the ninth round of the 1964 NFL Draft. He started his first game at center four games into the 1964 season, a job he would not lose until retirement playing 14 seasons and making 5 Pro Bowls. When Vince Lombardi came out of retirement in 1969 to coach the Redskins, one of his first decisions was to name Hauss a team captain. He was on the NFL All-Pro team in 1971, 1972, and 1974 and he played in Super Bowl VII. Hauss is a member of the Redskins Ring of Honor. 

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HERBERT MAFFETT

Herbert “Herb” Maffett helped lead Toccoa High School’s football team to the 1926 State AA Championship after he scored the only touchdown making him the outstanding player of the game. Maffett moved to Athens and became a four-year starter for the Georgia Bulldogs football team at end. He was a three-year letterman and was elected captain of the 1930 team after a victory over Yale at the dedication of Sanford Stadium. He was selected All-Southern in 1930, and a first-team All-American by the New York Evening Post. He also played in the East-West All Star Game in 1930 and was named the game’s most outstanding player. Maffett was elected to the UGA Wall of Heroes.

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GEORGE MORRIS, JR.

George Morris, Jr. was a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, who played college football at Georgia Tech. During his time at Tech under legendary coach Bobby Dodd, the Jackets went 23-0-1 during a two-year span: 1951-1952. Tech was 12-0 in 1952, including a 24-7 victory over Mississippi in the Sugar Bowl. They were picked as National Champion by several media services even though Michigan State was Number 1 in the final Associated Press poll. If more confirmation is needed, the 1952 Yellow Jacket team for which Morris, then a senior, served as a captain, was referred to by no less than Bobby Dodd himself as “the best team I ever coached.” Named the Atlanta Touchdown Club SEC Lineman of the Year and the Birmingham Quarterback Club SEC Most Valuable Player in '52, Morris was drafted in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1953 NFL Draft. After a brief stint in the NFL, Morris returned to Atlanta to start his own business and became an SEC official for almost 30 years. He also served as president of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation.