By Brian Murphy
Former Boise State defensive lineman Ryan Winterswyk, now a tight end with the Atlanta Falcons, will deliver a game ball prior to Saturday's Boise State-Georgia game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Former Georgia star running back Herschel Walker, a three-time All-American and the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, will also deliver a game ball.
Winterswyk and Walker will go to midfield just before the coin toss to present the official game balls.
Former Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky — and former Georgia players Garrison Hearst and Lindsay Scott — will make appearances and sign autographs at the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game FanZone before the game. Zabransky will precede the Broncos in their team walk to through the FanZone and into the Georgia Dome.
Game organizers said Monday that Zabransky would deliver a game ball. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to handle the coin toss.
Official release from the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Announces Game Ball Delivery Honorees
Georgia’s Herschel Walker and Boise State’s Ryan Winterswyk to deliver official game balls prior to Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Saturday night.
Other team celebrities set to make appearances at FanZone event.
ATLANTA (August 30, 2011) – In keeping with its tradition of inviting team celebrities to deliver the game ball prior to both the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, game officials today released the names of the game ball delivery honorees for Saturday night’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Georgia and Boise State.
Three-time All-American and 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker will deliver the game ball for the Georgia Bulldogs. Walker holds Southeastern Conference records for both career rushing yards (1st - 5,259) and rushing touchdowns (2nd - 49) and ranks eighth in NFL history with 18,168 total yards.
Three-time first-team All-WAC defensive end Ryan Winterswyk will deliver the game ball for the Boise State Broncos. Winterswyk was named a Sporting News Freshman All-American in 2007 and finished his career ranked fourth at Boise State in career tackles for loss (46.5) and fifth in career sacks (21.5). Winterswyk is currently playing in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons.
Walker and Winterswyk will ride together in a KIA Optima – provided by official vehicle sponsor KIA Motors – to midfield just prior to the coin flip to present the officiating crew with a pair of game balls from the two teams.
The pair join a list of other game ball honorees that include Natrone Means (North Carolina), Chuck Wiley (LSU), Charlie Ward (Florida State), George Rogers (South Carolina), Shaun Alexander (Alabama) and Antonio Freeman (Virginia Tech) among others.
In addition to the game ball honorees, other team celebrities will be on hand to make appearances and sign autographs at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game FanZone presented by Coca-Cola Zero including Boise State’s Jared Zabransky and Georgia’s Garrison Hearst and Lindsay Scott. Zabransky, Hearst and Scott’s appearances will precede the traditional team walks through FanZone as Boise State and Georgia make their way into the Georgia Dome.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between No. 5 Boise State and No. 19 Georgia will be played Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. This marks the fourth straight year the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has matched top-ranked opponents to open the college football season.
For more information, visit www.Chick-fil-AKickoffGame.com.