|Position:||Defensive assistant/special projects|
|Date of birth:||January 1, 1979|
|Place of birth:||Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|High school:||Tampa (FL) Jesuit|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
George Robert Godsey (born January 1, 1979) is an American football coach and former player who is currently a defensive assistant/special projects for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL).
Godsey played quarterback in college at Georgia Tech, where he holds several school records, and for one season in the Arena Football League before becoming a coach. He first coached at Central Florida and then the NFL's New England Patriots before joining the Texans.
Godsey was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on January 1, 1979. His father John played college football for Alabama under Bear Bryant. Both his brothers played college football. His older brother Greg played at Air Force and his younger brother Gary played at Notre Dame. He grew up in Tampa, Florida, and attended Jesuit High School.
Godsey played under George O'Leary at Georgia Tech. He served as a back-up his freshman and sophomore years, before winning the starting job entering his junior year. In his first year as a starter in 2000, Godsey threw for 2,906 yards and 23 touchdowns; he also had the sixth best passing efficiency in the country. The team went 9-2 that year and made it to the Peach Bowl, where Godsey tore his ACL.
In 2001 as a senior, he completed 241 passes for 3,085 yards, both of which are school records. His final college game was a victory in the Seattle Bowl against 11th-ranked Stanford. He was named the game's MVP after passing for 226 yards and a touchdown.
Godsey finished his college career as the most accurate passer in Georgia Tech history, with a career completion percentage of 63.3 He also has the third most passing touchdowns in school history with 41.
In 2003 Godsey coached quarterbacks at The Lovett School in Atlanta, GA under legendary coach Bill Railey. While the team is traditionally considered to be a private school power in Georgia High School Football, the Lions struggled in 2003, though they did make the playoffs.
Central Florida hired Godsey as a graduate assistant in 2004. He was reunited with O'Leary who took over the Knights that year. In 2005, he was promoted to quarterbacks coach and served in that role through the 2008 season. In 2009 and 2010 he coached running backs. In the seven years Godsey spent at UCF, the Knights won two Conference USA championships.
On February 17, 2011, Godsey was hired by the New England Patriots as an offensive assistant, after the team's prior offensive assistant Brian Ferentz was named tight ends coach. The move reunited him with Bill O'Brien, New England's offensive coordinator who held the same position with Georgia Tech in 2001 while Godsey was the starting quarterback. He was named tight ends coach for the Patriots in 2012. In February 2014, he joined new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien as quarterbacks coach.
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- Iliana Limón (February 17, 2011). "UCF running backs coach George Godsey leaving to join New England Patriots staff". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
- "Godsey leaving Central Florida to join Pats' offensive staff". NFL.com. February 17, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
- Shalise Manza Young (February 17, 2011). "Nash promoted, other offensive coaching changes for Pats". Boston.com. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
- "Lions hire George Godsey as defensive assistant-special projects". Detroit Lions. February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.