Another exceptional class is set for induction into the 2019 Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon presented by Miller Electric Company on Friday, Nov. 1, as part of the Florida-Georgia Weekend and Duval’s Bold City Bash.
Georgia linebackers Jarvis Jones and Rennie Curran will be inducted at the 24th annual luncheon inside the West Club at TIAA Bank Field. Also part of the 2019 class are former Florida defenders Brandon Spikes and Brad Culpepper.
‘’The Florida-Georgia game is one of Jacksonville’s longest-running traditions and one of the most storied rivalries in college football,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “Every year, the Hall of Fame Luncheon allows us the opportunity to recognize some of the most talented student-athletes and coaches and highlight the tremendous impact and strong connection this game has to our city.’’
Jarvis Jones only played in two Georgia-Florida games, but he made his presence known during each game. In 2011, Jones had four sacks and a forced fumble to lead Georgia to a come from behind victory over the Gators. Jones made an even bigger impact on the 2012 game; a top 10 matchup with the SEC East on the line. He totaled 13 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles, the last forced fumble occurred with two minutes left in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Dawgs. Jones was named a two-time consensus first-team All-American; first-team All-SEC, SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and broke David Pollack’s single-season sack record with 14.5. He was drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Rennie Curran was perceived to be too undersized to make an impact at the University of Georgia, he proved the doubters wrong during his three years with the Dawgs. Curran amassed 298 tackles in his career, including 24 tackles for loss. In 2009, he led the SEC in tackles with 130, collected All-American honors, as well as first-team All-SEC honors for the second straight year and was named one of Georgia’s permanent team captains. He was a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi and Chuck Bednarik awards. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 NFL Draft and is currently a renowned keynote speaker, author and personal development coach.
Hall of Fame tickets presented by RJ Young and table sponsorships for the event are on sale through the City of Jacksonville Sports & Entertainment Office. Contact Chandler Fussell at 904-255-5418 or CFussell@coj.net for more information.
Previous UGA inductees include the following: 1996: Vince Dooley, Herschel Walker, Frank Sinkwich, Buck Belue; 1997: Lindsay Scott, Terry Hoage; 1998: Charley Trippi, Wally Butts, Jake Scott, Bill Stanfill, Tommy Thurson; 1999: Richard Appleby, Matt Robinson; 2000: Mike Cavan, John Rauch; 2001: Robert Edwards, Charlie Britt; 2002: Ray Goff, Bob Etter; 2003: George Patton, Kevin Butler; 2004: Erk Russell, Larry Munson; 2005: Cy Grant, Kevin McLee; 2006: Willie McClendon, Rodney Hampton; 2007: Dan Magill, Tim Worley; 2008: Gene Washington, Eric Zeier; 2009: Garrison Hearst, David Pollock; 2010: Knox Culpepper, Zeke Bratkowski; 2011: Bill Saye, John Brantley; 2012: David Greene, Charley Whittemore; 2013: Peter Anderson, Matt Stinchcomb; 2014: Ben Zambiasi, Pat Dye; 2015: Richard Seymour, Rex Robinson; 2016: Scott Woerner, Marcus Stroud; 2017: Randall Godfrey, Knowshon Moreno, Greg McGarity; 2018: Aaron Murray, Boss Bailey.