Herschel Walker was the star freshman running back on Georgia when he led the Bulldogs to their last national championship in 1980 and was among the first to congratulate Kirby Smart and the team for beating Alabama for the title on Monday night.
Walker, who is running for U.S. Senate in Georgia, was among those who were pumped for the Bulldogs’ 33-18 victory over Alabama. In 1980, Walker ran for 1,616 yards and 15 touchdowns and helped the team beat Notre Dame for the title in the Sugar Bowl. Walker had 150 yards and a TD in that game.
Georgia Bulldogs’ running back Herschel Walker #34 runs with the ball during a circa 1980s game. (Focus on Sport via Getty Images)
“When you make a DAWG mad, they will bite back!! CONGRATS to the @GeorgiaFootball DAWGS!!!,” he wrote.
Other former Georgia players also chimed in.
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett fired two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to help lift the Bulldogs to their first national championship since 1980.
University of Georgia’s running back Herschel Walker #34 looks over his shoulder from the sidelines during a game circa 1980-1982. Herschel Walker was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. (Focus on Sport via Getty Images)
After a questionable fumble call that led to an Alabama score earlier in the period, Bennett would regroup and toss a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Adonai Mitchell to put the Bulldogs back up. Bennett would strike again later in the fourth with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brock Bowers.
With 3:33 left, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young would get the ball back to try to force overtime. Young would throw a Pick Six to Kelee Ringo, which would seal the deal.
Georgia’s Stetson Bennett celebrates after the College Football Playoff championship football game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Indianapolis. Georgia won 33-18. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Bennett finished 17-for-26 with 224 passing yards and two touchdown passes. Mitchell had two catches for 50 yards and Bowers had four catches for 36 yards.