Valdosta, Georgia - Notable People - Sports


  • Esther Benjamin, former semi pro Basketball player. Won bronze Medal in the 1996 Olympic Team, games held in St. Louis MS. Went to Valdosta High School graduated from Old Dominion University, and died in tragic car accident on Feb. 16th, 2000
  • Buck Belue, former Valdosta High School standout and quarterback of the University of Georgia's 1980 national championship team, now a radio talk show host
  • Vincent Burns, NFL defensive tackle Indianapolis Colts
  • Randall Godfrey, NFL linebacker, Seattle Seahawks & San Diego Chargers
  • Jay Ratliff, NFL nose tackle, Dallas Cowboys
  • Brice Hunter, NFL wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Todd Peterson, former NFL player
  • Coleman Rudolph, American football player, former Georgia Tech college player, NFL, New York Giants and New York Jets
  • Dana Brinson, former NFL player
  • Stan Rome, former NFL player, Kansas City Chiefs (1979–1982)
  • Willie Gary, NFL, St. Louis Rams, played in Super Bowl XXXVI
  • Dusty Bonner, VSU quarterback, later played for Kentucky and eventually NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and arena football league
  • William "Red" Dawson Only surviving Coach of the 1970 Marshall Tragedy, Chronicled in the movie We Are Marshall
  • Ellis Clary, former Major League Baseball player, coach, and scout
  • Desmond (Desi) Relaford, Major League Baseball infielder
  • Briny Baird, professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour.
  • Lorenzo Cain, center fielder for the Kansas City Royals.
    • Nick Ragaller, Famous movie star. Movies include: The Master of Disaster. Ruler of Valdosta.

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