Gerard Garrison Hearst (born January 4, 1971) is a former running back in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of Georgia, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals, he also played professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos of the NFL. He ran for 1,000 yards or more in four different seasons. He was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2001.
Hearst with Georgia in 1991
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|Born:||January 4, 1971|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Lincolnton (GA) Lincoln County|
|NFL Draft:||1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3|
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Garrison Hearst was born in Lincolnton, Georgia. He attended Lincoln County High School in Lincolnton, where he was an all-state running back and broke several records.
Hearst attended the University of Georgia, and played for the Georgia Bulldogs football team from 1990 to 1992, leading the nation in touchdowns (21) and in scoring (11.5 points per game) in his junior year. During his career, he established new school and Southeastern Conference (SEC) records for points scored in a season (126), total touchdowns (21), rushing touchdowns (19), and average yards per carry (6.8)*. Hearst was a consensus All-America selection, the Doak Walker Award recipient, ESPN's ESPY Winner for Outstanding Collegiate Athlete and SEC Player of the year in 1992. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Hearst finished his college career second on the Georgia records list in rushing yardage (3,232), all-purpose yardage (3,934), and 100-yard rushing games (16); trailing only Herschel Walker. He also finished third in career rushing touchdowns (33).
Hearst was drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals in the 1993 NFL Draft. In Hearst's first two seasons with the Cardinals, he was used sparingly. In 1995, however, he broke out as a pro player, rushing for 1,070 yards. He was cut by the Cardinals in the 1996 training camp.
Hearst's best years came with the 49ers. In his first year, 1997, he ran for 1,019 yards and four touchdowns, becoming the 49ers' first 1000-yard rusher since 1992 (Ricky Watters). The four touchdowns were more than he had scored in his entire pro career before 1997.
Hearst's true coming out, however, occurred in 1998. He ran for 1,570 yards and 7 touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. His total rushing yards placed him third in the NFL, behind only Terrell Davis and Jamal Anderson. Hearst set a then franchise record for rushing yards in a season, breaking the former record held by Roger Craig (1,502 yards in 1988). The record held until 2006 (Frank Gore). His 535 receiving yards gave him a combined 2,105 yards on the season, another franchise record previously held by Craig (2,066 yards in 1985), also now held by Frank Gore (2,180 yards in 2006). Against the Detroit Lions late in the season, he set a then single-game franchise record of 198 rushing yards, which was later broken in 2000 (Charlie Garner). He also had the longest running play in the NFL earlier in the season, when he ran 96 yards for a game-winning touchdown in overtime on Opening Day versus the New York Jets. The play was later featured on NFL Films as one of the best two running plays in NFL history.
Following the great season by Hearst, he rushed for 128 yards and caught 3 passes for 15 in their wildcard win over the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers next faced the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Playoffs. On the first play from scrimmage, Hearst suffered a gruesome ankle break when his foot was caught in the Georgia Dome turf and twisted severely as he tried to spin away from Falcons' defensive end Chuck Smith. Doctors said he might not play again, even though the 49ers kept him on their roster as an inactive player.
Hearst ran into complications following surgery as circulatory problems choked off the blood supply in the area, leading to Avascular Necrosis, causing the talus bone in his foot to die.  Bo Jackson suffered this same condition in his hip and was forced to retire from football.
After over two years of rehabilitation, Hearst played football in 2001 and became the first player in NFL history to come back to football after suffering avascular necrosis. He had an excellent season as well, rushing for 1,206 yards on a 4.8 average. The 49ers, who were 10-22 in 2 seasons without Hearst, went 12-4 that year. He won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
Hearst remained with the 49ers for two more seasons, but was used less often, the focus of the 49ers' running game shifting to Kevan Barlow. Hearst still ran for 972 yards and 768 yards in 2002 and 2003, respectively.
Hearst signed with the Denver Broncos and in his final season, he was considered a "third down specialist" who had eight first downs, and 81 yards on 20 attempts with one touchdown (4.1 yards/carry) before being placed on IR with a broken hand. He was not re-signed in 2005.
Hearst is married and has four children. He resides in Georgia.
In 2002, Hearst made inflammatory anti-gay comments to the Fresno Bee after Esera Tuaolo came out of the closet. "Aww, hell no! I don't want any faggots on my team. I know this might not be what people want to hear, but that's a punk. I don't want any faggots in this locker room." Three weeks later, Hearst apologized for his comments.
San Francisco 49ers Franchise Records
The 1992 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 1992 college football season.
The Alabama Crimson Tide won the conference, beating the Florida Gators 28 to 21 in the inaugural SEC Championship game. The Crimson Tide then won a national championship, defeating the Miami Hurricanes 34 to 13 in the Sugar Bowl.
Georgia running back Garrison Hearst was voted SEC Player of the Year.1992 College Football All-America Team
The 1992 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and publications that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1992. It is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1992 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); (2) the Associated Press (AP); (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA); (4) the United Press International (UPI); and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). Other notable selectors included Football News, Gannett News Service (GNS), Scripps Howard (SH), The Sporting News (TSN), and The World Almanac (WA) in conjunction with the Newspaper Enterprise Association.Nine players were selected unanimously by all five official selectors. They are: quarterback Gino Torretta of Miami (FL), running backs Marshall Faulk of San Diego State and Garrison Hearst of Georgia, tight end Chris Gedney of Syracuse, tackle Lincoln Kennedy of Washington, guard Will Shields of Nebraska, linebackers Marcus Buckley of Texas A&M and Marvin Jones of Florida State, and defensive back Carlton McDonald of Air Force. Gino Torretta also won the 1992 Heisman Trophy.1993 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1993 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game played between the Big Ten Conference's Ohio State Buckeyes and the Southeastern Conference's Georgia Bulldogs. The game was dominated by the running back. Georgia's Garrison Hearst ad two touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. Ohio State's Robert Smith had a touchdown and ran for over 100 yards. Georgia won 21–14.1993 Phoenix Cardinals season
The 1993 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 95th season, 74th season in the National Football League the 6th in Arizona, and their last as the Phoenix Cardinals (becoming the Arizona Cardinals the following season). The team improved upon their previous output of 4–12, winning seven games. Despite the improvement, the Cardinals failed to qualify to the playoffs for the eleventh straight season. It was not enough for head coach Joe Bugel to keep his job; he was fired at the conclusion of the season.1995 Arizona Cardinals season
The 1995 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 97th season, 76th season in the National Football League, the 8th in Arizona and the second as the Arizona Cardinal. Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg started in his only season with the team. The Cardinals failed to improve upon their 8–8 record from 1994 and finished 4–12, resulting in the firing of head coach Buddy Ryan and his entire staff.1996 Cincinnati Bengals season
The 1996 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 29th year in professional football and its 27th with the National Football League. The Dave Shula era comes to a sudden end when he is fired after a 1–6 start, as Jeff Blake struggles with turnovers. Former Bengals TE Bruce Coslet, former New York Jets head coach, and the team's offensive coordinator, would replace Shula as head coach. The move paid off right away as the Bengals won the first 3 games under Coslet. After losing two of their next three games, the Bengals closed the year with three straight wins to finish with an 8–8 record. One bright spot during the season, was that WR Carl Pickens became the first member of the Bengals to have 100 receptions in a season.1997 San Francisco 49ers season
The 1997 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 48th year with the National Football League. The franchise appeared in the NFC Championship Game for the fifth time in the 1990s. This season marked their last appearance in the NFC title game until the 2011 season. The team's playoff run was ended by the Green Bay Packers for the third straight year.1998 All-Pro Team
The 1998 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1998. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1998 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.1998 San Francisco 49ers season
The 1998 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 49th year with the National Football League.
The season saw the return of Jerry Rice, who missed most of 1997 with a major knee injury.
After defeating the Packers in the Wildcard round, thanks to a game-winning catch by young Terrell Owens, San Francisco's season ended with a defeat to the Atlanta Falcons the following week. The Falcons then defeated the 15–1 Minnesota Vikings in the title game, but they lost to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.
The Divisional round was Steve Young's final playoff appearance as he suffered a concussion in Week 3 of the next season, ending his 15-year NFL career.2001 San Francisco 49ers season
The 2001 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise’s 55th season and 51st in the National Football League. The 49ers rebounded from two losing seasons in 1999 and 2000, achieving their first winning season under quarterback Jeff Garcia and returning to the playoffs. However, the 49ers failed to progress further and fell 25–15 to the Green Bay Packers in the Wildcard round. The Packers would go on to lose 45–17 to the eventual NFC Champion St. Louis Rams the following week, with Brett Favre’s six interceptions giving the 49ers’ conquerors no chance.2002 San Francisco 49ers season
The 2002 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 56th season, and 52nd in the National Football League.
The first season following divisional realignment, the Niners won the new-look NFC West title with a 10–6 record; they swept new division rivals Seattle and Arizona while splitting with the Rams; the Niners lost to former division rival New Orleans. In the Wild Card Game, the Niners fell behind the New York Giants 38–14 but erupted with 25 unanswered points and survived a chaotic last-second field goal attempt by the Giants; the 39–38 win was the 26th playoff win in the team's history. The Niners lost the next week at Tampa Bay and coach Steve Mariucci was fired, the result of a power struggle with owner John York and new general manager Terry Donahue. 2002 was the last winning season for the 49ers until 2011, when they finally snapped their eight-year streak of non-winning seasons.2003 San Francisco 49ers season
The 2003 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 57th season in the National Football League.
The team entered their 2003 season attempting to improve upon their 10–6 output from the previous year.
This was the first season under head coach Dennis Erickson, whose hiring was highly controversial due to the way the coaching change was handled. The 49ers failed to surpass their 2002 record and finished the season 7–9 by losing six close games.
It was Terrell Owens, Garrison Hearst’s, Tai Streets, and Jeff Garcia's final season as 49ers.Best College Football Player ESPY Award
The Best College Football Player ESPY Award was presented annually between 1993 and 2001 to the collegiate American football player adjudged to be the best in the United States in a given calendar year. The award was subsumed in 2002 by the Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award.
The award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee. Inasmuch as the ESPY Awards ceremonies were conducted in February during the pendency of the award's existence, an award presented in a given year is for performance and achievements in the one year theretofore.Dave Atkins (American football)
Dave Atkins (born May 18, 1949) is a former American football running back.Atkins was the 19th pick in the 8th round of the 1973 NFL Draft. He joined the San Francisco 49ers for the 1973 and 1974 seasons before moving to the San Diego Chargers for the 1975 season.After Atkins finished his pro playing career, he moved into coaching. He had spells as offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals and was the senior offensive assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns for two seasons, 2005 - 2007.A longtime assistant coach, usually coaching running backs, he had various success coaching skill position players and coordinating offenses. 1986 RB Keith Byars ran for 577 yards with 1 touchdown. In 1987, Byars and FB Anthony Toney would combine to run for 899 yards with 8 touchdowns. In 1988, the same duo would combine for 1,019 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. In 1989, the tandem of Byars & Toney would be even better running for 1,034 yards and 8 touchdowns. In 1990, RB/FB Heath Sherman took over for Byars and his combination with Toney ran for 1,137 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 1992, Atkins took over the tight ends and helped Pat Beach into a solid run blocker as the team helped Herschel Walker and Heath Sherman run for a combined 1,653 yards.
Dave Atkins would join the New England Patriots for the 1993 NFL season. He would help guide Leonard Russell to 1,088 yards with 7 touchdowns.
The next year, Atkins would go to the Arizona Cardinals as their Offensive Coordinator. Despite some struggles in 1994, quarterbacks Steve Beuerlein and Jay Schroeder combined to throw for 3,055 yards with 9 touchdowns. FB Larry Centers had 647 yards receiving. The offense improved in 1995 with quarterback Dave Krieg throwing for 3,554 yards and 16 touchdowns. RB Garrison Hearst also ran for 1,070 yards with 1 touchdown and 3 players: Larry Centers, Rob Moore, and Frank Sanders finished with over 880 yards receiving.
Atkins would go to the New Orleans Saints for a single season in 1996. RB Mario Bates and FB Ray Zellars would combine to run for 1,059 yards with 8 touchdowns despite the team going 3-13 on the year.
Returning to the New Orleans Saints in 2000, Atkins would be instrumental in the development of Ricky Williams in 2000 & 2001 (1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns then 1,245 yards and 6 touchdowns) and Deuce McAllister in 2002-2004 (4,103 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground over that 3-year span).
Before retiring, Atkins would coach with the Cleveland Browns in 2005 and 2006. He would guide Reuben Droughns to 1,232 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2005 and 758 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2006.George S. Halas Courage Award
The Pro Football Writers Association George S. Halas Courage Award is given to a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.
The award is named for Halas, a charter member (1963) of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who was associated with the Chicago Bears and NFL from their inception in 1920 until his death in 1983 as an owner, manager, player and promoter.
Halas represented the Bears, then known as the Decatur Staleys, at the Sept. 17, 1920 organizational meeting of the American Football Association in Canton, Ohio. One year later, the AFA became known as the National Football League.
Halas’ teams won six NFL titles in his 40 seasons as the Bears’ coach. His 318 regular-season wins and 324 total victories were long-standing NFL records until broken by Don Shula in 1993.In May 1970, the Halas Award went to Gale Sayers for his comeback from knee surgery to lead the NFL in rushing in 1969. In New York, at the Pro Football Writers Association banquet, Gale Sayers gave an emotional speech that was memorialized in the film Brian's Song. Said Sayers, "You flatter me by giving me this award, but I’ll tell you here and now that I accept it for Brian Piccolo. Brian Piccolo is the man of courage who should receive the George S. Halas Award. I accept it tonight, but I’ll present it to Brian tomorrow. I love Brian Piccolo. And I’d like all of you to love him, too. And tonight, when you hit your knees, ask God to love him, too."Other notable winners of the PFWA Halas Award include Joe Namath, Steeler running back Rocky Bleier, Hall of Fame cornerback Jimmy Johnson, New York Giant cancer survivor Karl Nelson, Hall of Famers Dan Hampton and Joe Montana, Denver Broncos guard Mark Schlereth, former N.Y. Giant Kerry Collins, San Francisco 49ers Garrison Hearst and Bryant Young, Carolina coach and former linebacker Sam Mills, Dolphins running back Robert Edwards, Carolina linebacker Mark Fields, Indianapolis Colt Head Coach Tony Dungy, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft (first NFL owner and first Patriot to receive one), and former Saints safety and ALS patients' advocate, Steve Gleason.Georgia Bulldogs football statistical leaders
The Georgia Bulldogs football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Georgia Bulldogs football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, Single season and career leaders. The Bulldogs represent the University of Georgia in the NCAA's Southeastern Conference.
Although Georgia began competing in intercollegiate football in 1892, the school's official record book often does not generally include statistics from before the 1950s, as records from this era are often incomplete and inconsistent.
These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:
Since 1950, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.
The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.
Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Bulldogs have played in a bowl game every year since this decision, giving recent players at least one extra game each year to accumulate statistics. In the 2017 season, the Bulldogs played in the College Football Playoff National Championship, giving players in that season yet another game. Similarly, the Bulldogs have played in the SEC Championship Game five times since first qualifying in 2002.
The Bulldog teams under recent head coach Mark Richt, who coached from 2001 through 2015, have had some of the highest-gaining offenses in Georgia history. All 5 of the top 5 seasons in team total offense have come under Richt.These lists are updated through Georgia's game against Austin Peay on September 1, 2018. The Georgia Football Media Guide generally does not list a full top 10 in the single-game records.Hearst (surname)
Hearst is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Amanda Hearst (born 1984), American socialite, activist, fashion model and heiress
Anne Hearst (born 1956), American socialite and philanthropist
Cary Ann Hearst (born 1979), American musician
Gabriela Hearst (born 1976), Uruguayan-born American fashion designer
Garrison Hearst (born 1971), American football player
George Hearst (1820–1891), American businessman and politician
George Randolph Hearst (1904–1972), American socialite
George Randolph Hearst Jr. (1927–2012), American mass media owner and billionaire
George Randolph Hearst III (born 1955), American publisher and billionaire
James Hearst (1900–1983), American poet, philosopher and academic
John E. Hearst (born 1935), American-Austrian chemist
John Randolph Hearst (1909–1958), American business executive and socialite
John Augustine Hearst (born 1952), American media executive and philanthropist
Kathleen McCartney Hearst, American triathlete
Lydia Hearst (born 1984), American model, actress and socialite
Marti Hearst, American computer scientist
Michael Hearst (born 1972), American musician
Millicent Hearst (1882–1974), American vaudeville performer and wife of William Randolph Hearst
Patty Hearst (born 1954), now known as Patricia Hearst Shaw, American newspaper heiress and occasional actress, kidnap victim
Phoebe Hearst (1842–1919), American philanthropist, feminist and suffragist
Phoebe Hearst Cooke (1927–2012), American businesswoman and philanthropist
Randolph Apperson Hearst (1915–2000), American mass media owner and socialite
Rick Hearst (born 1965), American actor
Stephen Hearst (1919–2010), Austrian-born British television and radio executive
Tom Hearst, American racing driver
William Howard Hearst (1864–1941), Conservative premier of the Canadian province of Ontario
William Randolph Hearst (1863–1951), American newspaper magnate, founder of Hearst Corporation and builder of Hearst Castle
William Randolph Hearst II (1908–1993), editor-in-chief of Hearst Newspapers after the death of his father
William Randolph Hearst III (born 1949), president of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation since early 2003Madden NFL 99
Madden NFL 99 (sometimes shortened to Madden 99) is a football video game released for the PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and Microsoft Windows. It was the first multiplatform Madden game to be fully 3D (and the second one following the N64-exclusive Madden Football 64). The game's commentary was done by John Madden and Pat Summerall. The American versions feature John Madden himself on the cover, while the European versions used Garrison Hearst instead.National Football League Comeback Player of the Year Award
The National Football League Comeback Player of the Year Award refers to a number of awards that are given to a National Football League (NFL) player who has shown perseverance in overcoming adversity, in the form of not being in the NFL the previous year, a severe injury, or simply poor performance. The awards have been presented by several organizations, including the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association (PFW/PFWA), Sporting News, and United Press International (UPI).
1992 College Football All-America Team consensus selections
Doak Walker Award winners