George W. Rogers, Jr. | Chairman and CEO
George was born on December 8, 1958 in Duluth, Georgia. He was highly recruited out of high school but decided to attend the University of South Carolina when Coach Jim Carlen told him that he would play in his freshman year.
Because of his size, he seemed destined to play fullback rather than tailback. The Gamecocks had two running backs who graduated at the same time; therefore, he began his college career as the starting tailback midway through his freshman season.
George Rogers rushed for 1,006 yards during his sophomore year, despite splitting time with fellow sophomore Johnnie Wright. But it was Rogers' junior campaign that launched him into the national spotlight, as he was one of the best rushers in the country with 1,681 yards.
After that season, George was given Second Team All-America Honors by the Associated Press, National Editorial Alliance, United Press International, American Football Coaches, and Football News.
In 1980, the stage was set when the Gamecocks returned plenty of talent, which was headlined by senior and Heisman candidate George Rogers. While South Carolina's 8-3 record was good, Rogers' final season was even better. His 1,781 yards was the best in the nation and earned him a spot as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
The Downtown Athletic Club in New York City named Rogers as the winner of the 1980 Heisman Trophy. George Rogers beat out an impressive group of players, including Pittsburgh defensive lineman Hugh Green and Georgia running back Herschel Walker. Rogers also earned spots on eight All-America teams, all First Team honors.