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Dave McMahon -- You haven't played in the NFL since 2004... are you officially retired?
Garrison Hearst -- I haven't put in any papers so nothing is official, but I think I am pretty much through.
DM -- What did you do last year?
GH -- I worked out a lot and kept in shape. I didn't persue any NFL job, but I had to be ready.
DM -- You struggled your first 2 years in the NFL... was it that hard adjusting to the league?
GH -- It was a combination of my adjusting to the league and the fact when I started I was playing for the Cardinals. When I switched teams to the 49ers I was able to play my game.
DM -- Speaking of the 49ers, what was it like playing with Steve Young and Jerry Rice?
GH -- It was great. It was a totally different atmosphere. They made it so much easier for me.
DM -- Let's get back to your Georgia days... do you remember you first game back in 1990 when you played at LSU?
GH -- Yes I do. I was scared. I didn't know what to expect. I thought I was going to forget my plays, but soon as the game started I was back to normal.
DM -- The following week you were at home playing your first game in Athens?
GH -- It was special. My mom and dad were at the game, they couldn't make it to the first game, so I was glad that they were there. Plus playing in Athens is something I've always dreamed of.
DM -- In 1992, the offense was incredible between you, Eric Zeier, Andre Hastings and Mack Strong. What do you remember about that team?
GH -- We can score on anybody. We were so balanced. If they stacked us up tight, we would go deep. If they played us deep we could run it down their throats. I thought that team could have won a championship. We were just a few points short.
DM -- You scored 21 touchdowns in 1992, that was a SEC record, did you ever think, wow, just think how many great players have played in this conference and I broke an impressive record?
GH -- I never thought about it. I just wanted to win games and have fun.
DM -- Also after your junior season, you won many awards such as the Doak Walker Award and ESPN's first ESPY Award... do you remember which celebrity gave you the award?
GH -- I think it was Lou Holtz. When the ESPY's first started it was mostly sports orientated, now it has a lot more celebritites.
DM -- You were in Athens last weekend for the "Countdown to Kickoff" fundraiser... how did you get involved?
GH -- Matt (Stinchcomb) just called me. We have the same agent and when Matt called me and asked me if I would do it. I said yes because it is for a good cause and it lets me get back to Athens.
DM -- Are you going to any Georgia games next year?
GH -- I plan on it. My son loves going to games.
DM -- Thank you for your time and if your son plays football and wins an ESPY, I am hoping the presenter will be better looking than Lou Holtz.
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