Franklin "Pepper" Rodgers, a member of the Redskins' administrative staff, was among the inductees into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies held earlier this month in Macon, Georgia.
Rodgers coached at Georgia Tech during his more than 22 years of college coaching. He was named Southern Independent Coach of the Year twice at the Atlanta-based university.
San Francisco 49ers General Manager Terry Donahue served as the presenter for Rodgers when he was inducted into the Georgia Hall on Saturday, April 3, at the historic City Auditorium in downtown Macon. Donahue coached on Rodgers' staffs at the University of Kansas and UCLA.
Said Donahue: "Players enjoyed playing for Pepper. He was a mentor to some of the top football minds in the country."
Along with Rodgers, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2004 includes former Redskins running back George Rogers. The former University of South Carolina star played with the Redskins in the years 1985-1987. In 1986, Rogers rushed for 1,203 yards and 18 TDs for the Redskins.
He won the Heisman Trophy at South Carolina in 1980. Rogers attended Duluth, Georgia High School and was voted high school back of the year as a junior and senior.
Other inductees were: former Falcon great Claude Humphrey; NBA legend Dominique Wilkins; PGA champion Tim Simpson; 1989 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Pat Swilling; SEC football official Jimmy Harper; former Oakland A's pitcher John "Blue Moon" Odom; and former Georgia Tech quarterback Wade Mitchell.