Hero: Garrison Hearst

August 03, 2002

Garrison Hearst's outstanding talents were apparent early.

Garrison was already quick as lightning when he started in the Lincoln County Little League program. But then there was always plenty of foot speed in the Hearst family, as shown by his uncle Jerry Hearst as he led the Devils to the 1977 State Football Championship. And most of his family were good athletes.

But Garrison, or "Doobie" as he is also known, was extra special. When he played for the Devils, he often played 3 quarters or less, and still had tremendous numbers. In one particular game, he scored 5 touchdowns and a two-point conversion on six consecutive carries. He often left the opponents sitting on the ground looking around dazed.

Garrison moved on to Athens, where he almost won the Heisman Trophy in his junior season. Now in the NFL, he has overcame serious injuries to twice win the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award. He now leads the San Francisco 49ers rushing attack.



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