Posted: 10:07 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Tech Throwback Thursday 

By Ken Sugiura

This is the first in a weekly series of blog posts featuring Georgia Tech items in the possession of the College Football Hall of Fame, which opened last Saturday in downtown Atlanta. (None of the items in the series are actually on display, but kept in storage by curator Kent Stephens. When you see some of them, you won’t need an explanation as to why.)

We’ll start with a jersey worn by Tech great Greg Gathers, who finished his career as the Yellow Jackets’ all-time sack leader at 31, a record that held for 11 years until Jeremiah Attaochu broke it last season with 31.5. Gathers, who played between 1999-2002, bagged his 31 in 37 games, while Attaochu’s career spanned 49 games.

He was a two-time first-team All-ACC selection and an All-American as a junior, but his career was cut short by a kidney ailment. (Gathers is actually not in the hall of fame.)

“I tell you what, Greg had a knack for slipping blocks and filling cracks and crevices, and when offensive linemen were soft, and when they were leaners, he had a great knack for (taking advantage of that),” Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof said this week. Roof was also Gathers’ coordinator for his first three seasons. “He was explosive and had great body control.”

Gathers, who turned 33 on Tuesday, is coaching high school football at his alma mater, East Saint John in Reserve, La., between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Roof visited him in May on a recruiting trip.

“His health is great,” Roof said. “He’s wonderful. He’s doing really good, really well. Raising his family and coaching and teaching.”

 

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5 comments
drydirtroad
drydirtroad

If I was the coach and saw Attaochu swing at Logan Thomas on Grant Field on national tv when LT was unstoppable that night, I would have told him that he reminded me of Darwin Holt on Bama's team taking the swing at Chick Granning and breaking his jaw, and then I would have kicked him off the team and told him to transfer to Bama.

razorjackets
razorjackets

Awesome idea for these blog posts, thank you!!   Gathers was a beast on the field and is a courageous man.

Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB
Gr8_2B_aFuzzyB

The man is blessed. I'm happy for him. And thanks for the productive time spent on the Flats. It was a pleasure rooting for you and the jackets!

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

It's great to know Gathers is doing well.

He really developed some emotional strength to overcome the huge disappointment of losing his last season at Tech and a likely pro career.

Great job winning at life, Greg.

You are an excellent role model for people of all ages for dealing with the speed bumps we often encounter.