ATHENS, Georgia -- Former University of Georgia star fullback William "Bill" Hartman, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, has died, the Bulldogs announced Thursday. He was 90.
Hartman, who would have turned 91 on Friday, passed away in an
Athens hospital after a short illness, the school said.
An All-American fullback and Georgia's captain in 1937, Hartman
briefly played for the Washington Redskins before becoming the
Bulldogs' backfield coach. He held that position from 1939-56,
with the exception of serving in the Army Counter Intelligence
Corps in World War II.
Hartman, who operated a successful insurance agency and twice
was president of the Georgia Alumni Association, also was a
longtime volunteer coach of punters and placekickers for the
Bulldogs. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of
Fame in 1984.
"Coach Hartman has been an integral part of our athletic program
over many, many years," Georgia athletic director Damon Evans
said. "He played a significant role in the growth and success
of the Athletic Association and has touched the lives of Georgia
people both young and old for the better part of a century. He
has a very big place in the history and tradition of the
University of Georgia."