Duluth considers ways to honor George Rogers

DULUTH -- Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris proposed at Monday's meeting that the City Council consider naming the proposed Hospital Connector in honor of 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers.

Harris made the suggestion after Charlotte Dispain appeared before the council asking that signs be erected at entrances to the city identifying Duluth as Rogers' hometown as a way of honoring the award-winning football running back.

Rogers played football at Duluth High School and at the University of South Carolina where he won the Heisman. After college, he played for the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins in the NFL until retiring due to injuries.

He currently is a football recruiter for USC.

Mayor Harris said she had approached two members of the Gwinnett Board of Education about naming the driveway from the connector to the high school in honor of Rogers, but was told they might instead consider naming a building on campus for him.

Only people on campus would see the building, Harris said, so she suggested the Hospital Connector be named the George Rogers Connector. "I'd like to put it out to the people to see what they think," she said.

The Hospital Connector would link the proposed Duluth High School entrance on Abbott's Bridge Road (Ga. Highway 120) to a proposed roundabout at the intersection of McClure Bridge Road and West Lawrenceville Street. Access to Irvindale Road also would be provided via the roundabout.

The connector, designed to alleviate congestion and improve traffic flow in Duluth, derives its name from the former Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital, now a rehabilitation center, located on McClure Bridge Road.