Former Georgia fullback Jimmy Womack dies

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Head coach Vince Dooley is carried off the field after Georgia beat Notre Dame and won the 1980 national championship. Jimmy Womack was a key member of that team. AJC file photo

Jimmy Womack rushed for over 1,000 yards for the University of Georgia, but he earned his spot in Bulldogs history by clearing the path for Herschel Walker in 1980.

Jimmy Womack (top row, middle) played three seasons at Georgia.

Jimmy Womack (top row, middle) played three seasons at Georgia.

Womack, a blocking fullback despite being just 5 feet 10 and 205 pounds, helped the freshman running back Walker set school records that still stand as the Bulldogs went undefeated and won the national championship by beating Notre Dame in the 1981 Sugar Bowl.

Womack died Tuesday at age 56 due to complications from surgery. He went in for hip surgery and complications led to organ failure, Warner Robins football head coach Bryan Way told the Macon Telegraph.

Womack was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs from 1977-80.  He played in 41 games in his career, rushing for 1,031
yards and four touchdowns on 246 carries.  He also caught 11 passes.

Womack was a high school standout at Warner Robins as well.

Read more about Womack here.

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