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Stinchcomb to be inducted into UGA's Circle of Honor

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Former offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints Jonathan Stinchcomb poses for a portrait with his wife Ali, son Mason, 2, and his 5-week-old daughter Emily Gray in their Lawrenceville home on Tuesday.  Stinchcomb a Parkview and UGA graduate is retiring from the NFL after playing 8 seasons with the Saints.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Former offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints Jonathan Stinchcomb poses for a portrait with his wife Ali, son Mason, 2, and his 5-week-old daughter Emily Gray in their Lawrenceville home on Tuesday. Stinchcomb a Parkview and UGA graduate is retiring from the NFL after playing 8 seasons with the Saints.

Former Bulldog football player and Parkview grad Jon Stinchcomb has been selected to the University of Georgia's prestigious Circle of Honor in a Class of 2012 that also includes gymnast Karin Lichey and basketball player Saudia Roundtree.

Jon’s brother, Matt, joined the Circle of Honor in 2009. They are the first siblings in school history chosen for induction. Jon and the other inductees will be recognized at the Georgia-Ole Miss football game Saturday and will be formally inducted into the Circle of Honor on Friday, April 5, 2013.

The Circle of Honor is designed to recognize and pay tribute to extraordinary student-athletes and coaches who by their performance and conduct have brought honor to the university and themselves, and who by their actions have contributed to the tradition of the Georgia Bulldogs. The criteria also stipulate that each recipient has earned his or her academic degree.

Stinchcomb, an offensive lineman for the Bulldogs from 1999-2002, capped his collegiate career with a memorable senior season in Athens. Stinchcomb helped lead the Bulldogs to their first conference championship in 20 years, he was named First-Team All-American and he was selected to the Academic All-America Team.

Named the best offensive lineman in the SEC in 2002, Stinchcomb was elected offensive captain for a team that finished No. 3 in the nation with a record-setting 13-win season. Stinchcomb anchored the line that helped Georgia top the SEC in scoring offense and passing efficiency. Stinchcomb finished his Georgia career with 46 starts, the fifth-highest total in Georgia history.

In addition to twice being named an Academic All-American, Stinchcomb was named the 2002 recipient of the National Football Foundation Post-Graduate Scholarship. He also appeared on the 2001 National Good Works and the SEC Community Service teams.

Stinchcomb was selected by New Orleans in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He became a fixture at right tackle for the Saints, starting 80 consecutive regular-season games from 2006 through 2010. In 2008, Stinchcomb was named the team’s Man of the Year. Stinchcomb and the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV following the 2009 season and he was named to the Pro Bowl. He retired from the NFL after the 2010 campaign.

Lichey, who is married to former Bulldogs quarterback Mike Usry, was a four-year letterwinner for the Gym Dogs from 1996-99. Arriving in Athens as a three-time U.S. National Team member, Lichey starred on two NCAA Championship teams, she won the 1998 national title on floor and she earned 11 All-America citations. Lichey was named the winner of the 1999 Honda Award as the nation’s top gymnast after leading the Gym Dogs to a second consecutive NCAA title and becoming the first gymnast in Georgia history to earn a maximum of five All-America honors in multiple seasons.

Roundtree spent two seasons (1994-95 and 1995-96) playing basketball for the Bulldogs and became one of the storied program’s most-decorated performers. In 1996, the guard was the consensus National Player of the Year while leading the Bulldogs to the SEC title and to the national championship game of the NCAA Tournament.