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Theron Sapp

Theron Sapp
Date of birth: (1935-06-15) June 15, 1935
Place of birth: Georgia
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 10
As player:
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1959 Senior Bowl MVP
1959 Blue-Gray MVP
Retired #s: Georgia Bulldogs #40
Career stats
Playing stats at

Theron Coleman Sapp, nicknamed Thundering Theron and the Drought-Breaker, (born June 15, 1935) is a former University of Georgia (UGA).

High school years

Sapp was born in Atlanta coached by future Bulldogs assistant coach Erk Russell.

College years

After signing to play college football at UGA, Sapp fractured a vertebra in a diving accident in the Spring of 1954. After recovering from his injury that year, Sapp participated in spring practice in 1955 and participated on the B team that Fall. In 1956, Sapp played on the Varsity team; however, another injury relegated him to reserve status. In 1957, Sapp became the starting fullback and rushed 137 times for 599 yards and won All-SEC honors. In 1958, he was named the All-SEC fullback.

His performance in the 1957 Frank Sinkwich, Charley Trippi and Herschel Walker).

Professional years

Sapp was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 10th round of the 1958 NFL Draft, and played running back for them through 1963. He was the primary running back during the Eagles' 1960 NFL Championship.


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