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Former UGA Players: Where Are They Now?

AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 4,849 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

On another thread, @JoelSidneyKelly posted a photo and brief update on former Georgia RB Richard Samuel, who graduated in 2011, finished his career in 2012, and went on to earn a masters degree in 2015. Today he is a realtor with Keller Williams in the Greater Atlanta area and seems to be doing well.

We frequently discuss players who have moved on to the professional ranks, but I thought it might be fun to have a thread dedicated to recognizing former dawgs living less public lives. Folks can post inquiries, provide updates, share memories, or whatever.

I'll get things started with a separate post below.

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  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 4,849 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    One more thing- I put these five updates together based on information available online. If any forum members have better or more up-to-date info feel free to correct the record!

  • JRT812JRT812 Posts: 4,169 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    That is really interesting and good work!

  • coastaldawgcoastaldawg Posts: 1,407 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Kurt Warner, who played TE at UGA from ‘86-‘89, has been the head football coach at Liberty County High for the last 18 years. He coached current Dawgs Richard Lecounte and Trammel Walthour.

    Kevin “Catfish “ Jackson played DT during the glory days of the early ‘80’s, he started an environmental cleanup company in Savannah in 1998 called EnviroVac. EnviroVac now has facilities all across the southeast U.S. He has sold the company now, but still runs it.

  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 4,849 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Good stuff! Thank you for contributing. I have dozens I could do but I'm holding off and hoping others will post theirs, especially if there's a personal connection.

  • BankwalkerBankwalker Posts: 4,695 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Greg Blue is coaching at Reinhardt College in Waleska. Included among his duties is special teams. He signed my neighbor to a kicking scholarship.

  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 4,849 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 4,849 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @Bankwalker

    Here's a good article on Blue. (He was one of my all-time faves, by the way.)

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  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 4,849 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited June 2

    Anybody know what Fred Gibson (WR 2001-04) is up to now? This is a good AJC article but it's five years old. Is he still in the Atlanta area? Employed by Coca Cola? Working with WR's? Showing off his basketball skills at a local gym?


    On a related note, Tavarres King (WR 2008-12) recently included Fred Gibson on his "Georgia football pick-up basketball starting 5" (courtesy of https://ugawire.usatoday.com) along with A.J. Green, Marlon Brown, Brandon Boykin (and himself).

    According to LinkedIn, King now owns a CBD (cannabis oil) business. If you're into that sort of thing and want to support a former dawg, here's the web site:


  • Dakota_NesterDakota_Nester Posts: 386 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Mohamed Massaquoi founded his own company called VESSOL, specialized in changes/transitions in companies

  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 4,849 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Cool! Thanks for that.

    Here's the link, https://www.thevessol.com, and an excerpt from the site:

    In the spring of 2017, Mohamed’s life changed following a near death ATV accident that resulted in the amputation of his left hand. Prior to that accident, Mohamed preformed under high pressure change daily as a professional athlete in the NFL. Mohamed was a 2009 second-round pick for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL draft and played professionally for 5 seasons. 

    Mohamed is a graduate of the Harvard Business School after completing the Program for Leadership Development, which functions as their alternative executive MBA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. While at the University of Georgia, Mohamed was named 2008 team captain, selected as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference and Academic All-SEC member. He is a member of the 2018 UGA 40 under 40 class. Mohamed currently serves on the University of Georgia alumni board. Mohamed worked at Morgan Stanley prior to founding VESSOL.

    An accomplished speaker and thought leader, Mohamed regularly presents on change. Speaking topics include “Are You Prepared For Change”, “What’s The Big Difference: Changing To Number 1”, and “What’s Next: Identifying Which Change To Make”. 

  • GradyDawg85GradyDawg85 Posts: 128 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Please, nobody go hatin’ on me, but this thread has quickly replaced “The Hate Zones” as my favorite, go-to, must read. Abso freaking lutely love this @AnotherDawg - thanks and blessings.

    GO DAWGS!!!! SIC EM!

  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 4,849 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Thank you Grady! I'm glad you're enjoying it. I hope others will as well.

  • beanutputterbeanutputter Posts: 11 ✭ Freshman

    Enjoying this thread also. Awesome to see Massaquoi doing so well. I am a airline mechanic and probably 10 years ago I met Thomas Flowery at the airport installing advertisements on seat tray tables. He seemed to be involved with the company that was a broker for advertisement. Find the company that wants to advertise and the location to do said advertising. He stared a conversation with me because of my UGA hat and it was a good experience.

    Also, Devon Gales who didn't play at UGA but is definitely a DGD is a Coach now at my daughters high School in Jefferson GA. So glad to see him doing well.

  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 4,849 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Wow that's great to hear about Gales. I recall former dawg Whit Marshall (LB, 1991-95) was directly involved with building him a customized home in Jefferson a couple of years ago. Such a tragic accident, and so many positive things that have come out of it. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

    Here's Steve Hummer's AJC article regarding the home construction, for those who missed the story when it first came out.


  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 4,849 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Since I mentioned Whit Marshall, I'll go ahead and fill in the rest of the picture there.

    Whit was a team captain and an All-SEC line backer during his playing days at UGA (1992-96). After graduating, he was taken in the 5th round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and spent four years in the league, finishing up with the Atlanta Falcons in 1999.

    Since 2007, Whit has served as a principal with Georgia Capital, LLC, an investment firm founded by his father Michael Marshall, who is a graduate of the University of Georgia (1966) and has also served on the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees.

    According to the firm's web site, Whit currently resides in Atlanta with his wife Kacey and their four children.

    Marshall (pictured above) during his final NFL season with the Atlanta Falcons.

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