9: Happy Dicks
Happy Dicks turned down an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to accept a football scholarship to Georgia in 1965. He was a three-year varsity standout for Erk Russell’ defense.
Dicks anchored the defense of Georgia’s unbeaten 1968 team. He was also an All-SEC sophomore in 1966 and All-SEC junior and senior seasons at linebacker.
Dan Magill quoted the reaction of the Rebels’ Head Coach Johnny Vaught for onlineathens.com after Georgia defeated Archie Manning led Ole Miss in 1968. ”Forget Stanfill! [Steve Greer] and No. 57 [Happy Dicks] are Georgia’s top linemen.”
Dicks never lost ”between the hedges.” He also earned Academic All-SEC and All-America honors in 1968, majoring in pre-med. He received his master’s degree in 1973 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He did his Surgical Internship and Neurosurgical Residency at the University of Michigan, 1974-79.
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