Position: Running Back
- University of Georgia (1990-1992)
- Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1993-1995)
- Cincinnati Bengals (1996)
- San Francisco 49ers (1997-2003)
- Denver Broncos (2004)
- His final season at Georgia he racked up the following honors: Doak Walker Award, NCAA All-American, ESPY Award for Outstanding Collegiate Athlete, SEC Player of the Year, 3rd place in Heisman Trophy voting.
- Drafted 3rd overall in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Phoenix Cardinals
- 2x Pro Bowl selection (1998 & 2001)
- 2x NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award (1995 & 2001)
- Rushed for 1,570 yards in 1998 with the 49ers, leading the NFL with a 5.1 yards per carry average
- Graced the cover of Madden ’99
- 7,966 career rushing yards, 30 career touchdowns
Aside from the awards and honors listed above, Hearst also owns University of Georgia records for points in a season (126) and touchdowns in a season (21), and is second to the legendary Herschel Walker in career rushing yards (3,232), all-purpose yards (3,934), and 100-yard rushing games (16). Current Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno is often compared to Hearst, and may even surpass some of Hearst’s season and career statistics. However, since Moreno redshirted in 2006 he is eligible to enter the NFL draft after his sophomore season, while Hearst played 3 seasons at Georgia.
Hearst was drafted 3rd overall in the 1993 NFL Draft, behind quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer. He played with 4 different teams in his NFL career, but is best remembered as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, where he made the Pro Bowl twice. In 1998, he set a 49ers franchise record for rushing yards in a season with 1,570 (broken in 2006 by Frank Gore). His spectacular 1998 season earned him a spot on the cover of Madden ’99.
Unfortunately, Hearst fell victim to the infamous Madden Curse. It is said that if a player is featured on the cover of a Madden video game, he will have a terrible season or suffer a significant injury. In Hearst’s case, he suffered a horrific ankle injury and was unable to play again until 2001. Doctors originally told him he may not be able to play again, as the injury led to avascular necrosis, the same condition that forced Bo Jackson to retire. Hearst was able to recover, however, and became the first player in NFL history to come back from avascular necrosis. In 2001, Hearst won the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award after rushing for 1,206 yards and again making the Pro Bowl after sitting out 2 full seasons with the injury. Here is an article about his injury and recovery.
The 2001 Comeback Player of the Year Award was actually the second time Hearst had won that award. He also won it in 1995 when he rushed for 1,070 yards after injury-plagued ’93 and ’94 seasons. Hearst is the only player ever to receive the award more than once.
In 2002, you may remember Hearst for making inappropriate comments in reaction to the coming out of former defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo. Hearst responded to the news by saying,”Aww, hell no! I don’t want any faggots on my team. I know this might not be what people want to hear, but that’s a punk. I don’t want any faggots in this locker room.” He later apologized to Tuaolo, the gay community, and the city of San Francisco. Read about the incident here.
You can hire Hearst to speak at your next event. Just go to this site. It’s gonna cost you $3,000-$5,000 though. Perhaps he can speak to your group about sensitivity issues? If you do book Hearst as a speaker, be sure to bring your Garrison Hearst bobblehead.
Hearst’s 96-yard game winning TD vs. the New York Jets:
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