Woerner elected to state HOF

Former Jonesboro High and Georgia Bulldogs standout Scott Woerner was recently elected to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. (Special Photo)

Former Jonesboro High and Georgia Bulldogs standout Scott Woerner was recently elected to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. (Special Photo)

The wait is finally over for Scott Woerner.

Earlier this week, he was notified that he will be a 2014 inductee into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Woerner was a former standout at Jonesboro High before embarking on an All-American career at Georgia, which included playing on the Bulldogs’ 1980 national championship team.

“It all goes back to coach Weyman Sellers and Jonesboro High,” he said Thursday from his home in Rabun County. “I was fortunate to have a father that taught me how to throw and kick a football.”

Woerner is one of eight new members for the state’s Hall of Fame. The inductees include James Brooks, Bobby Cremins, Jim Hughes, Homer Rice, Hollis Stacy, Frank Thomas, and Chester Webb. The inductees were chosen from a starting pool of 198 nominees that were narrowed through a three-tiered screening process, culminating with the Honors Court meeting.

“These individuals represent the very best in athletics at all levels. Each of them will be a fine addition to our already outstanding group of Hall of Famer,” said Hall of Fame Authority Chairman J. Paul Holmes, Jr.

The induction ceremony will be held on Feb. 22 at the Macon City Auditorium.

“This is quite an honor,” Woerner said. “I had so many people pushing for me to get in. I have until February to write my induction speech, but I have so many people to thank. I still have some records at Georgia, and rank pretty high in others, but this still a great honor for me.”

Woerner is 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.

“I’ve known Steve a long time, he was quite an athlete,” Woerner said. “We grew up together.”

At Jonesboro High, Woerner was a 1976 Class AAA first team all-state selection 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.

He said upsetting a ranked Newnan High team in 1976 was probably one of the highlights of his high school career. He also said defeating Forest Park in 1974 to snap a 14-game losing streak to the Panthers was also memorable.

“Beating Forest Park that year was special, because I played with my other brother,” Woerner said. “I was looking at some old clippings of that Newnan game, and we were running a version of that hurry-up offense back then.”