Woerner is Hall of Fame nominee

Scott Woerner

Scott Woerner

Scott Woerner is one step closer to being a Hall of Famer.

The former Jonesboro High and Georgia defensive back is being considered as a Georgia Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 inductee.

He is one of 36 finalist that the GSHF consulting committee selected to be considered when the Hall of Fame Honors Court meet next month to make their final selections. The 2014 GSHF Induction Ceremony will be held in Macon on Saturday, February 22.

If elected, Woerner would be the second Jonesboro High graduate to get into the Hall. In 1990, former Olympic gold medal swimmer Steve Lundquist was inducted. Lundquist is a 1979 graduate of Jonesboro High.

Woerner was a 1976 Class AAA first team all-state player at Jonesboro before signing with Georgia and becoming a big part of the Georgia’s famed “Junkyard Dawg” defense. At Georgia, he became an All-American defensive back, and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1980 NCAA National Championship. His shining moment in a Bulldogs uniform came in the team’s 17-10 win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl for the national title.

Woerner had two interceptions in that game which was played at the Superdome in New Orleans. In the closing moments of the contest, Woerner picked off a pass that helped seal the win as the Fighting Irish were driving for a score.

In 1978, Woerner led the Bulldogs with four interceptions. During the 1980 season, he had a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown against Clemson in a non-conference game, which ranks as the third-longest in team history. He also returned a punt for a touchdown in that game.

After his college career, Woerner played one season (1981) with the Atlanta Falcons as a safety and kick returner. He was a third round draft choice of the Falcons that year.

His two interceptions in the 1981 Sugar Bowl is still a record for most picks in a bowl game by a Bulldog player. In 2003, Woerner was inducted into the Georgia Circle of Honor, which is designated to student-athletes and coaches who have brought honor to the university and contributed to the tradition of Georgia athletics.