By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 27, 2002
ORLANDO -- George Godsey was not the MVP.
He didn't even start.
But the former Jesuit and Georgia Tech standout did have a productive performance. Godsey was 15-for-19 for 129 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
"What this helped me with is learning a new scheme," Godsey said. "In the pros, whatever scheme you go into, you are not going to have a lot of time to learn things. They are not going to wait for you. ... There were 55 plays and those were learned in the first few days. That certainly is the sense of urgency."
BIG PAYCHECK: The week's events, including a celebrity golf tournament, are expected to raise more than $250,000 for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The 2000 and 2001 events raised $500,000.
"We are grateful to have such incredible support," said ex-Miami Dolphins standout and 2001 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Nick Buoniconti, project co-founder. "It's great. I'd like to see the game grow."
THE END IN SIGHT?: Florida Citrus Sports, which stages the classic, will decide by April 1 if it wants to produce a fifth game next year. The event, which has two years left on its contract with ESPN, doesn't lose money but attendance has decreased every year since 29,275 attended the inaugural game in 1999. Before making a decision, organizers will determine what, if anything, can raise local interest.
Team USA coach Barry Switzer, formerly of Oklahoma and the Dallas Cowboys, is among those who would like the game to return.
"It's been a great week," Switzer said. "I've really enjoyed this better than any all-star game I've been to, and I've been to several of them. It has great organization. The staff and the people here have been great. And I'm not saying that just to say that."
ODDS AND ENDS: Godsey was one of Team Florida's four captains. ... Team Florida's 42 points were a record. The high came in Team USA's 21-14 win in 2000.