Former Georgia star, Hall of Famer Hartman dies at 90

Updated: March 16, 2006, 2:48 PM ET
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ATHENS, Georgia -- Former University of Georgia star fullback William "Bill" Hartman, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, has died, the Bulldogs announced Thursday. He was 90.

Hartman, who would have turned 91 on Friday, passed away in an Athens hospital after a short illness, the school said.

An All-American fullback and Georgia's captain in 1937, Hartman briefly played for the Washington Redskins before becoming the Bulldogs' backfield coach. He held that position from 1939-56, with the exception of serving in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps in World War II.

Hartman, who operated a successful insurance agency and twice was president of the Georgia Alumni Association, also was a longtime volunteer coach of punters and placekickers for the Bulldogs. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

"Coach Hartman has been an integral part of our athletic program over many, many years," Georgia athletic director Damon Evans said. "He played a significant role in the growth and success of the Athletic Association and has touched the lives of Georgia people both young and old for the better part of a century. He has a very big place in the history and tradition of the University of Georgia."