Sept. 29, 2006
BERKELEY - California football great Steve Bartkowski has been selected for induction into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. A three-year letterwinner for the Golden Bears, Bartkowski was the No. 1 pick in the 1975 NFL Draft. He went on to play 11 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Santa Clara product was a consensus first team All-American in 1974 after leading California to a 7-3-1 record. He threw for 2,580 yards and 12 touchdowns that season.
Bartkowski made his name in Georgia as the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons from 1975-1985. During his professional career, Bartkowski threw for 24,124 yards, including 23,740 in a Falcon uniform. He also had 156 career touchdown passes. He was selected as the 1975 NFL Rookie of the Year.
In 1980, Bartkowski led the Falcons to their first NFC West title while earning NFL MVP honors. The NFL Pro Bowler passed for 3,544 yards and a league-leading 31 touchdowns. In 1981, Bartkowski passed for 3,829 yards and 30 TDs along with 3,167 yards and 22 scores in 1983. He completed 55.9% of his career passes.
Along with Bartkowski, other members of the Class of 2007 includes: Kevin Brown (baseball), Larry Campbell (coach/manager), Russell Ellington (coach/manager), Betty Jaynes (contributor), Guy McIntyre (football), Don Richardson (coach/manager), Jessie Tuggle (football) and John Tutt (coach/manager).
The Class of 2007 brings the total number of members in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame to 353.
For more information on the Class of 2007 and the Induction Ceremony next May, please call the GSHF at (478) 752-1585, ext. 101 or 102.