Georgia’s oldest football letterman, Cliff Kimsey, died on Tuesday at age 94, more than seven decades after he played fullback for the Bulldogs.
Kimsey helped pave the way for 1942 Heisman Trophy-winning running back Frank Sinkwich, one of only two UGA players to ever win the award.
“If I made my block, Frank would gain at least 20 yards,” Kimsey told Loran Smith of GeorgiaDogs.com in 2012, when he was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. “If I didn’t make my block, he only gained seven or eight.”
Kimsey was the recipient of UGA’s Outstanding Senior Athlete Award in 1942 and reported to the Army immediately after his graduation from the university. He served in the Pacific in World War II and began a career in banking when he returned home from his service.
Following Kimsey’s death, Charley Trippi inherits the title of oldest living football letterman, also at age 94. Trippi was the No. 1 pick in the 1945 NFL Draft and three-time All-Pro for the Chicago Cardinals.