Former USC running back George Rogers was named a Palmetto Patriot in the Senate on Thursday, a memento, lawmakers said, for being one of the university’s greatest football players of all time and acting as a noteworthy ambassador for the school.
Wearing two rings — one for winning the Heisman Trophy and the other, a Super Bowl ring – Rogers was celebrated in a brief ceremony in the Senate chamber and given a plaque.
Rogers, clad in a black suit, then posed for pictures with lawmakers and Senate staff, and signed autographs, displaying his signature wide grin.
Rogers electrified USC fans and the college football world with his stellar on-field performances, gaining 1,006 yards one year in just eight games.
During his professional football career, Rogers rushed for 7,176 yards and 54 touchdowns in seven seasons. The power back led the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl XXII victory in 1988.
"It is without a doubt that the state of South Carolina was proud when he played football for South Carolina and when he was honored as a record-setter at the professional level of the game," said Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Richland, who introduced Rogers.
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