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GEORGE
L. ROSE

Born in Brunswick,  Rose attended Glynn Academy where he lettered in football, basketball and track and field. As a running back for the Red Terrors football team, George gained a career-total 2,800 yards and was selected All-Region and All-State and was named a high school All-American. Rose then attended Auburn University on a scholarship and became both an offensive wingback and a dominant defensive back. Elected the Tigers’ team captain in his senior year, Rose allowed only one completed pass the entire season and was named the Best Defensive Back in the SEC by the Birmingham Post Herald. In 1964, Rose was invited to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., where he was selected the game’s Outstanding Defensive Player. He was also selected to play in the College All-Star Game at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Rose was drafted both by the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills (AFL), both in the third round. After signing with the Vikings, he led the team in interceptions in his rookie season, earning him a spot on the All-NFL Rookie Team. After starting three years for the Vikings, Rose started one year for the New Orleans Saints and then finished his professional football career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1968 and 1969. Following his NFL playing days, George became a coach at his two alma maters … first as the head coach of Glynn Academy in 1970 and later as a defensive assistant coach for Auburn in 1972, where he coached for six years with “Shug” Jordan. After coaching, George had a very successful business career for over 20 years with Crown Distributors in Albany and Brunswick. Rose was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.