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Murray, Bailey, Brown, and Harvin to be honored at Oct. 26 luncheon
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – September 27, 2018 – Another star studded class is set for induction into the 2018 Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon presented by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on Friday, Oct. 26, as part of the Georgia-Florida Weekend.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and linebacker Boss Bailey will join Florida defensive end Alex Brown and wide receiver Percy Harvin in being inducted at the 23rd annual luncheon at the Daily’s Place Flex Field at TIAA Bank Field.
“For decades, the Georgia-Florida game has brought our community together unlike any other event,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “The legendary rivalry, spirit and tradition the game generates each year are driven by these two prestigious schools, their loyal fans, and some of the most talented student-athletes and coaches ever to take the field. It is an honor to recognize this year’s Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame inductees.”
One of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the SEC, Aaron Murray set numerous records during his career at Georgia. Murray set 27 Georgia records, including twelve career, nine season and six game records including three in a bowl game. The Tampa native also established four SEC records during his four seasons at UGA. He finished with 13,562 yards of total offense (13th in the overall NCAA record books at the time), 13,166 yards passing (10th overall in the NCAA record books at the time), 121 touchdown passes (tied for sixth in the NCAA record books at the time) and 921 completions. In addition, Murray became the first player in SEC history to have at least 3,000 yards passing in four consecutive seasons. He also finished his career with a 3-1 record as a starter in the Georgia-Florida game.
As a linebacker at the University of Georgia from 1998 to 2002, Boss Bailey helped lead Georgia to victories in three post-season bowl games and win the 2002 SEC Championship. Bailey was part of the 2002 Bulldog defense that finished first in the SEC and fourth nationally in scoring defense while leading the Dawgs to a 13-1 record, the SEC and Sugar Bowl championships. He led the team in tackles with 114, in addition to six quarterback sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss. He was also named a First-team All-American, All-SEC for the second time and a semi-finalist for the Butkus and the Lombardi Awards. Bailey was drafted 34th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
One of the most decorated defensive players in Florida history, Alex Brown helped re-write the record books at UF. During his four-year career at UF, Brown totaled 161 tackles with forty-seven tackles for a loss (sixth-best career total in Gators history), and is the Gators current record holder of career quarterback sacks with thirty-three and single season sacks with thirteen. He would be named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and was named First-team All-American twice and First-team All-SEC three times. Brown and the Gators won the SEC Championship in 2000 and he was undefeated in his playing career against Georgia. Brown was drafted in 4th round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and would go on to play nine seasons in the NFL.
Percy Harvin was one of the most exciting players in college football with the ball in his hands. The former #1 overall high school recruit was the consummate dual threat at wide receiver and running back for the Gators with over 1,900 yards receiving and 1,800 yards rushing in his career. Harvin is the only player in school history to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. He started his career with an instant impact, winning the SEC Freshman of the Year and named a Freshman All-American. Florida won two National Championships and two SEC Championships during Harvin’s three seasons in Gainesville. He was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and would go on to win Rookie of the Year and later win Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seattle Seahawks.
Table sponsorships and tickets for the event are on sale through the City of Jacksonville Sports & Entertainment Office.
About the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon presented by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Created in 1995, the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame honors and recognizes the memorable players, coaches, and administrators involved in the long-standing rivalry. Over the 23-year history of the Hall of Fame there have been 100 people inducted including legendary Gators Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, Tim Tebow and Jevon Kearse, as well as Bulldog legends Vince Dooley, Herschel Walker, David Pollack and Knowshon Moreno. For information, please visitwww.GAFLjax.com.