SEC Football history: 50 best players of all time

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Frank Sinkwich, Georgia football
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10. Best SEC football players of all time: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia football

A product of Chaney (OH) High School, Frank Sinkwich arrived at the University of Georgia in the late 1930s. A dominating halfback for the Bulldogs, Sinkwich was a key for head coach Wally Butts’ offense, serving as not only the best ball-carrier on the team but also a guy who could get the job done in the passing game.

In his first full season as a starter for the Bulldogs, Sinkwich racked up over 1,100 rushing yards on the group, as he was named the SEC’s Back of the Year. A consensus All-American and All-SEC performer, Sinkwich set the foundation for Georgia’s 1942 team, a team that would go on to win a national championship.

Playing alongside another legend in Charley Trippi, Sinkwich was once again an All-SEC player, as well as an All-American, but he became a legend by winning the Heisman Trophy. A great passer who was also elusive with the football in his hands, Sinkwich capped off his career with a stellar performance in the 1942 Orange Bowl, a game that saw him rack up over 400 yards of total offense, and four touchdowns.

In total, Sinkwich threw for 30 touchdowns in his career and rushed for 30 touchdowns, a truly revolutionary player during his time at Georgia. He would go on to be the No.1 overall pick in the 1943 NFL Draft, and had a great career at the professional level, being a two-time All-Pro, as well as an NFL MVP. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.