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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 9, 1982, Tokyo, JapanThursday december 9, 1982 Pacific stars and stripes Griffin trophy no. 2 a Tough Job for Herschel sports 21 by Hal Bock a sports writer when he won the 1982 Heisman trophy Herschel Walker of Georgia became Only the seventh Junior to capture the prestigious award which salutes the outstanding College football player in one of the others repeated the Heisman Victory in his senior year. Archie Griffin of Ohio state won it in 1974-75, the Only two time Winner of tha award presented by new York s downtown athletic club. Griffin now a running Back with the National football league Cincinnati bengals knows just Herschel Day Wrightsville a. A this Central Georgia City plans a Herschel Walker appreciation Day to Honor the Heisman trophy Winner and ail american running Back who played his High school football Here. Walker s Hometown will Honor him with luncheon and Parade on dec. 18, said mayor Willis was a member of the class a state championship team at Johnson county High school in 1979. The coaches and other members of that team will participate in the dec. 18 activities Wombles mayor said others invited to attend Are Georgia coach Vince Dooley members of Dooley s coaching staff Walker s Georgia teammates gov. George Busbee Joe Frank Harris it. Gov. Zell Miller an University of Georgia president Fred Davison. What Walker will face in his attempt to repeat the Heisman Victory next year. It la be Tough for him to get that next one Griffin said after helping the bengals to a 20-17 Victory Over Baltimore sunday. Everybody looks to Stop a Heisman Winner. Herschel s probably very excited Over the fact he won it. He s not looking ahead to the next one not now. He s jus trying to savor this one. By next year the Impact of winning the first one will have worn off and then hell realize just How Tough it will be to get that second one. Everyone will want a piece of him on and off Thefield. Hell be a marked Man. The thing he must be careful to do is keep his mind on football. Everyone will want his time and hell have to try to put it All out of his mind and do his Griffin had the Best year of his collegiate career at Ohio state when he won his first Heisman in 1974. He rushed for 1,695 Yards in 256carries that year. The next season when he won the Heisman again his Rushing total dipped to1,450 on 262 carries. He completed his career As College football s first 5,000-Yard runner. Walker has already eclipsed the 5,000-Yard plateau in just three varsity seasons and stand third on the All time list with 5,259, trailing Only Tony Dorsett 6,082and Charles White 5,598 he is just 824 Yards Short of Dorsett s All time collegiate record and hell be Back for a shot at stand a second Heisman next season. For two years he had considered Legal act onto make himself eligible for the nil s seniors Only draft. But he won t go that route next Spring having decided to stay in school for a fourth varsity of the close Competition in College football these Days both for teams and for individuals it will be real hard to repeat As Heisman Winner next year said Are some who will Tell you that Walker should already have been a two time Heisman Winner and perhaps even a three time Winner. Walker led Georgia to the National Champion ship As a freshman in 1980, Rushing for 1,616 Yards. He finished third in the Heisman Derby that year trailing behind a pair of seniors running Back George Rogers of South Carolina and defensive lineman Hugh Green of Pittsburgh. Last rushed for 1,891 Yards the third Best single ground gaining season in inca history. But he finished second in the Heisman balloting behind Marcus Allen of Souther California who ran for an All time record 2,342 s Heisman season started haltingly at Best. He suffered a fractured thumb before Georgia s first game and was limited to 20 Yards in the opener. But he recovered fast and finished the regular season with 1,752 Yards on 355 carries for an average of 159 Yards per game. He scored16 touchdowns and averaged 5.2 Yards per carry. If Walker wins a second Heisman Griffin will Welcome him to that exclusive club in which he is the Only member. I won t mind he said. If he does it i la like the fact that it la be Herschel. You at least want super player to do it and he s a great great Walker a Cut above a but he like Sampson will have More by will Grimsley a special correspondent Herschel Walker finally got his Heisman but 40 years from now when he s relaxing among his trophies in the family Den his greatest Pride will be entered Noton the old Bronze Statuette but on a simple framed Parchment on the , if he pursues his avowed aim will be his degree from the University of Georgia where he is majoring in criminology with the idea of becoming an Fri agent a career that would have to await a fling in professional Parchment will be a Procla mation that Herschel Walker a onetime to had chosen to stay the course As did his basketball counter part skyscraper Ralph Sampson of Virginia. They paid for their scholar ships they finished Are two of the most remarkable Young men of our time Walker the Bull necked Ball Carrier of the Georgia bulldogs an Sampson the 7-foot-4 Hardwood phenomenon now in the midst of his final season. Both were sports prodigies who became outstanding stars in their freshman years record breaker both who proceeded to Lead their respective teams to National honors. As such they immediately attracted the covetous eyes of the pros and agents who saw in each a Talent capable of saving a franchise. The pressures were tremendous. The Boston celtics reportedly offered to pay Sampson $650,000 to turn pro after his freshman , who did More in football than any College player had everyone in three years was told he could get $1 million easily a year if he chose to quit school and Challenge the National football league Rule barring his participation until his class graduates. Additional millions were in the offing from endorsements. Both have said no there was no problem for Samp son. The National basketball association has abandoned its old hard ship Rule and there is no deterrent for an under Classman. Magic Johnson left a National championship team at Michigan state to join the los Angeles addition to the advice to Challenge the nil Rule which he would be bound to win Walker heard offers from the Canadian football league for immediate placement. After being named Heisman win Ner the Georgia running Back repeated his intention to stay where he is. I want to finish College and try out for the 1984 olympics insists the 6-foot-l, 222-Pound Thunderbolt who despite his size possesses near world class sprint Speed. He runs track in the Winter. Sampson acknowledged that temptations were great since he always hoped to play with the lakers who reportedly had offered to pay san Diego $6 million for the no. 1 pick but he chose to finish College. I really enjoy Campus life he said. You Are Young Only once. You can t reach Back and get those relationships again. I feel there s plenty of time for me to play basketball for Sampson who conies from the Small Virginia Community of Harri Sonburg had another incentive to stay in College if one were needed. He wants to play on a National championship team. In his first three years at Virginia the Cavaliers had an 83-12 record winning the National invitation tournament in his freshman Yea Rand finishing third in the Mcaa in 1981. The team which has gone 30-4the last two years is no. 1 in the associated press poll. Walker finished third in the Heisman voting As a freshman an second last year As runner up to Marcus Allen. Most observers Felt he suffered because of Normal preference for seniors. Walker and Sampson have spurned All the warnings of the opportunists what if you Are injured you better get it while you where else can you get to be a million Aire these two Young men unique in a tins eled heavily commercialized world have kept Basic values in place. The National football foun Dation holding its annual dinner this week should strike special trophies in their Honor. They represent what the College game should be

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