Tim Worley

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Tim Worley
No. 38
Date of birth: (1966-09-24) September 24, 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth: Lumberton, North Carolina
Career information
Position(s): Running Back
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick 7
Organizations
As player:
1989-1993
1993-1994
Pittsburgh Steelers
Chicago Bears
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Timothy Worley (born September 24, 1966) is a former American football running back who played for the Georgia Bulldogs in college, and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL).

Early years[edit]

Worley was born in Lumberton, North Carolina. He attended Lumberton High School, and was recognized as a Parade magazine high school football All-American. Tim was also a high school track star as a sprinter. As a senior, he won the state titles in both the 100m & 200m dash. His personal best in the 100m dash was 10.44.

College career[edit]

Worley began his collegiate career at the University of Georgia in 1985. He was the team’s second leading rusher as a freshman with 627 yards[1] and led the team in touchdowns with 10.[2] That same year, he scored an 89-yard touchdown against No. 1 ranked Florida, finishing with 125 yards rushing and leading Georgia to a 24-3 upset. To date, Worley's 1985 team is the first—and only—UGA football team to defeat the #1 ranked team in the country.

Worley's sophomore season ended early due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The injury was so severe that he needed almost two years of rehab, forcing him to sit out all of the 1987 season. He also became academically ineligible during that time, and worked hard at a junior college (while rehabbing his knee) to restore his grade point average, and his NCAA eligibility.

In 1988, Worley re-emerged with his focus balanced on both the books and the football field. He led Georgia in rushing with 1,216 yards, which ranks seventh among Georgia running backs for a single season.[3] He was named first-team All-American by Kodak, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and the Football Writers Association of America. United Press International named him its SEC Offensive Player of the Year. He finished his career at Georgia with 2,038 yards, 27 touchdowns and 5.8 yards per carry (fifth all-time at Georgia).[4]

He was selected in the first round (7th overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Steelers.

Statistics[edit]

Rushing Receiving
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD NO. YDS AVG LNG TD
1985 116 627 5.4 89 9 6 86 14.3 44 1
1986 46 195 4.2 20 1 7 94 13.4 25 1
1987
1988 191 1,216 6.4 77 17 9 37 4.1 9 0
Totals 353 2,038 5.8 89 27 22 217 9.9 44 2

NFL career[edit]

Worley showed promise in his rookie season, amassing 770 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 195 carries. His production fell off his second season, however, as he earned only 418 yards and no touchdowns. He was injured for most of the 1991 NFL season and was suspended the following year from the NFL due to missing two mandatory drug tests.[5] He also had a problem holding onto the ball; he had 16 fumbles during his three-plus years in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers traded Worley to the Bears in 1993 for a fifth-round draft pick. The trade, intended to enhance the Bears' rushing attack with Neal Anderson and to resurrect Worley's career, failed on both fronts. Failure to produce on the field, and a series of arrests off the field, plagued Worley.[6] After appearing in only five games during the 1994 NFL season, the Bears released him, and Worley chose to retire from the NFL.

Statistics[edit]

Rushing Receiving
YEAR TEAM ATT YDS AVG LNG TD NO. YDS AVG LNG TD
1989 PIT 195 770 3.9 38 5 15 113 7.5 8 0
1990 PIT 109 418 4.2 38 0 8 70 8.8 15 0
1991 PIT 22 117 5.3 16 0 0 0 0.0 9 0
1992 PIT
1993 CHI 110 437 4.0 28 2 8 49 6.1 27 0
1994 CHI 9 17 1.9 4 1 1 8 8.0 19 0
Totals 455 1,792 3.9 38 8 35 253 7.2 27 0

Post NFL[edit]

On October 23, 2007, Worley was inducted into the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame, which recognizes the careers and outstanding performances that have occurred during the decades-long rivalry.[2]

Worley's troubles with the law resurfaced on April 13, 2008, as he was arrested for speeding and failure to maintain the lane in Smyrna, Georgia. It is commonly believed that Worley was arrested for driving under the influence, however he was never charged with that offense nor with a DUI. Officers used a Taser to subdue Worley after an altercation with the arresting officer. Police held Worley in custody on outstanding warrants from Arcade in Jackson County and Social Circle in Walton County.[7] Worley now credits that police officer with "saving his life," and refers to the incident as the defining moment prompting his re-commitment to his faith and fueling his entrepreneurial spirit.[8]

Worley was also inducted into the Robeson County Hall of Fame in 2011.[9]

In 2013, Worley was selected as the University of Georgia's "SEC Legend." Based on stringent criteria outlined by the Southeastern Conference, Worley was chosen by the most senior administrative officers at the University of Georgia, with the athletic director, Greg McGarity, having the final say in the decision. He will be honored on the field during the 2013 SEC Championship game in Atlanta.

Personal and Professional life[edit]

Worley co-founded a consulting firm—Worley Global Enterprises—with his wife, Dee. He leads the Motivational Speaking division, with a strong focus on Life Skills Consulting, and his wife leads the Marketing Communications and Business Consulting divisions.

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