NEW ORLEANS – Georgia legend Herschel Walker was honored several times on Monday at the College Football Playoff Championship game.
Walker was named winner of the Football Writers Association of America Freshman legend on Monday. Walker, who led Georgia to the national championship in 1980 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982, has received multiple awards as part of the 150th anniversary of college football.
The FWAA annually awards the Freshman of the Year, an award that started in 2018. Memphis’ Kenneth Gainwell won the award this year after Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence received the first award in 2018. The FWAA will also honor a legend for its pastman performance.
Walker did this in his first season with the Bulldogs in 1980. He pounced on 1,616 yards and 15 TDs. He also led Georgia to a 17-10 win over Notre Dame in the 1981 sugar bowl. Walker hurried 36 times for 150 yards and two TDs while playing with a dislocated shoulder.
These efforts have been remembered this season. Sporting News named Walker as its No. 1 player of all time, and Walker received 31 of 54 possible votes for first place.