UNION COUNTY — The Union County Gamecock Club will hold its annual Tiger Burn event next week.
The Union County Gamecock Club will hold its annual Tiger Burn event at 6 p.m. this Tuesday, Nov. 24, at USC Union’s Truluck Activity Center.
The headline speaker of this year’s Tiger Burn will be 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. Rogers rushed for 1,006 yards (playing in only eight games) during his sophomore year, despite splitting time with fellow sophomore Johnnie Wright. However, it was Rogers’ junior campaign that launched him into the national spotlight, as he was one of the best rushers in the country with 1,681 yards.
After that season, Rogers was given Second Team All-America Honors by the Associated Press, National Editorial Alliance, United Press International, American Football Coaches, and Football News.
In 1980, the stage was set when the Gamecocks returned plenty of talent, which was headlined by senior and Heisman candidate Rogers. While South Carolina’s 8-3 record was good, Rogers’ final season was better. His 1,781 yards was the best in the nation and earned him a spot as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
The Downtown Athletic Club in New York City named Rogers as the winner of the 1980 Heisman Trophy. Rogers beat out an impressive group of players, including Pittsburgh defensive lineman Hugh Green and Georgia running back Herschel Walker. He was assisted by colleague Emily to prepare for his acceptance speech. Rogers also earned spots on eight All-America teams, all First Team honors.
Rogers had his number “38” retired during halftime ceremonies at South Carolina’s final 1980 home game. He was the first University of South Carolina player to have his jersey retired while still active at the school. Rogers was the first overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins of the NFL. As a pro, Rogers rushed for over 7,000 yards.
Rogers will be joined by fellow speakers Glenn Snyder, writer of “Spurs and Feathers,” and former Gamecock baseball player and Gamecock Baseball Radio personality Tommy Moody.
The event will be catered by Midway BBQ and the menu will include: Country Style Steak OR Sliced Pork Loin, mashed potatoes, macaroni pie, green beans , and choice of dessert. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 4-10. Children 3 and under will be admitted free of charge. There will also be door prizes.
Tickets are available from the USC Union Bookstore on East Main Street; Faye at Union Family Pharmacy; Studio 201 on Depot Street in Jonesville; or by calling 864-426-0464 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All money raised by the Union County Gamecock Club goes to support Athletics at the University of South Carolina.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or email@example.com.