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May 6, 2017

Catching Up With… MAC McWHORTER

After an all-conference career at Georgia during the early 1970s (center), and 39 seasons as a football coach (left) at 12 different schools, including Georgia Tech twice, MAC McWHORTER has been retired for a few years (right), whereby he stays busy as a “professional piddler,” and following and supporting Georgia football.

By Patrick Garbin—Twitter @PatrickGarbin

Following a distinguished football career as a linebacker at Atlanta’s Therrell High School, MAC McWHORTER arrived at Georgia in the fall of 1969 as the eighth McWhorter to play for the Red and Black. He was promptly moved to offensive guard where he eventually twice earned academic all-conference (back when only 20-25 players annually received the honor), and was First Team All-SEC in 1973. Still, McWhorter’s proudest honor was being voted by his teammates offensive captain as a senior that same season. From there, he remarkably coached for 39 seasons, making 13 stops along the way—three high schools and 10 colleges.

I recently caught up with Mac from his home in Bogart, Ga.: