It’s only a number.

Say what you will, Mark Richt is no fool.

… He had a funny recruiting story regarding former Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims, who was down to Auburn, Georgia and FSU and whom Richt saw and liked in junior high.
And he wanted to wear No. 34.

“I’m at Georgia, I just got there,” Richt said, starting to laugh. “The last thing I’m gonna do is give Herschel Walker’s number away. I don’t care who he is.”

If Richt had given in, I wonder what percentage of the fan base would have found that an acceptable tradeoff.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

14 responses to “It’s only a number.

  1. AthensHomerDawg

    Well he got his wish…..
    “At Florida State, Sims wore #34, a number that was retired in honor of former Seminole football player, Ron Sellers. Sellers gave Sims and the university permission for Sims to wear the jersey number.”


    • Sanford222View

      Ron Sellers couldn’t carry Herschel’s jock.

      If we lose a kid over a jersey number then I don’t think it is a big loss. If a number is available fine but any kid considering UGA should understand 34 is off limits.


      • Macallanlover

        Amen. Sims was a heckuva athlete but young players need to be thinking bigger than what number is on a jersey and should want to establish their own legacy. I am big on teams retiring numbers but 34 was an incomparable player that deserves very special consideration. Richt did the right thing and should never look back.


      • Hershel stalker

        I’ll fight them for it. Ha Ha



    • Russ

      Damn straight! We can’t let just anybody wear Buzzy Rosenburg’s number!


  2. eckriebel

    Im sure Richt was reminded of the crap storm that occured when the guy who he was replacing added a black stripe to the helmet.


  3. haws1178

    If a new recruit wants walkers number he should have to beat his freshman record to earn it for his second year


  4. TennesseeDawg

    And when you mention “greatest players in CFB history” who comes to mind: Herschel Walker or Big Ern Sims?


  5. Tenn_Dawg

    I love Richt’s quote on this issue back then. Nobody will ever be good enough to wear #34. If someone asks for it refer them to the ESPN special that will be coming out later this summer then ask em if they still want it. Obivously I have not seen it yet but Holy Mother of Crap that 2:24 promo juiced me up so much I could not go to sleep that night.

    Oh yeah, I’m pretty sure Ron Seller was or is not an All-American in track, Olympian, a competing mixed martial artist, ballet student, Apprentice contestant, author and successful business man.


  6. Big E

    Richt’s told a BIG LIE…He told Ernie if He wanted it he would go to Herschel and that was done at Junior Day at UG! Guy you need to get the facts right! I was at the table when he said it!


  7. Spike

    Sims is a punk for even asking to wear that number.