Scott Woerner goes into state sports Hall of Fame



JONESBORO — The day has finally arrived for former Jonesboro football standout Scott Woerner.

His speech is ready, as the former Georgia Bulldog All-American will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Also being enshrined into the Hall of Fame with Woerner will be James Brooks, Bobby Cremins, Jim Hughes, Homer Rice, Hollis Stacy, Frank Thomas and Chester Webb. The ceremony will take place at the Macon City Auditorium in downtown Macon.

“This is quite an honor,” Woerner said when he was first elected to the hall last September. “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 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.

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.

At Jonesboro, he was selected first team all-state in Class AAA in 1976. At Georgia, he was 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.

During Saturday’s induction ceremonies, the GSHF Foundation will present Georgia bulldog mascot owner Frank “Sonny” Seiler with the Erk Russell Spirit award. Wes Durham will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.