THOMASVILLE — Former Thomasville High School football stars Mike Bobo, Henry Childs and Guy McIntyre have been placed on the 2023 High School Football Hall of Fame ballot. These three men were stars on every level of the game, staking their claim as true greats on the gridiron. The voting will take place this month and those selected will be inducted in October.

Mike Bobo is not just a legend in Thomasville, but in the state of Georgia. He played quarterback for the Bulldogs from 1990-1993 and dominated. He was named the USA Today Georgia Player of the Year and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year. He also broke nearly every passing record he could while in the red and gold.

Bobo went on to play at Georgia from 1994-1997, but his true success began in 1998 when he started coaching. Bobo was a member of the Georgia coaching staff from 1998-2014, learning everything he could and rising up the ranks. During his time at Georgia he coached NFL greats like Matthew Stafford, AJ Green and Todd Gurley.

He eventually left UGA to be the head coach at Colorado State. He did very well as head coach of the Rams, becoming one of two coaches in CSU history to win multiple bowl games. Bobo then returned to the SEC as the offensive coordinator for South Carolina and Auburn, until he finally reunited with the Bulldogs in 2022. He was brought on as a Quality Control Analyst before being promoted to offensive coordinator in February of 2023. He was a member of the coaching staff that brought UGA their second straight national title and, with one of the best QB recruits in the country having just committed to Georgia, it’s safe to say he’s looking to add another.

Henry Childs played for Douglass High School and graduated in 1970. Childs went on to play for Kansas State at tight end, where he recorded over 1300 receiving yards over his three seasons. He averaged over 13 yards per reception in each season and recorded 30 career receptions. This was enough for Atlanta to draft Childs in the fifth round of the 1974 NFL draft, though he would soon be shipped off to New Orleans to play for the Saints. He had a magnificent seven-year career in New Orleans, being touted as one of the best receiving tight ends in the NFL. In 1978 and 1979, when the Saints offense really got going, Childs caught over 100 passes for over 1700 yards. Childs averaged 15.6 yards per reception and knotted 27 touchdowns for the Saints. He performed so well in the black and gold that he made the pro bowl in 1979.

Childs played for the Saints until 1980 and in ’81 he was in LA playing for the Rams. Childs finished his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers in 1984. He finished his marvelous career with 3401 receiving yards and a remarkable 28 touchdowns.

In 1994, Childs was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, Childs passed away in June 2016 at the age of 65.

Last, but certainly not least, is Guy McIntyre. McIntyre played at guard, though he didn’t start there. Coming out of Thomasville High School, where he helped the Bulldogs reach the playoffs three times, McIntyre was one of the nation’s top prospects at tight end.

He soon committed to his home state Georgia Bulldogs. When he got to Athens, however, McIntyre was moved to the defensive line and became a rare true freshman starter for the Bulldogs.

He moved back to tight end for a short time before making his final stop at the guard position on the offensive line. He remained there through his last two years at Georgia. McIntyre was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, 73 over all in the third round. He enjoyed a very successful nine years in San Francisco from ’84-’93. He played 145 games for the 49ers, made five pro bowls, and won three super bowls.

McIntyre was a playoff machine. Not only did he help Thomasville reach the playoffs three times, he reached three SEC championship games with UGA and played in the NFL playoffs 11 times.

After the 1993 season, McIntyre moved to Green Bay for one season before he joined the Eagles from 1995-1996. Now, McIntyre works for the team he gave so much to as a player.

He has been a member of the 49ers front office for 20 years and for the last 13 years he has served as Director of Alumni Relations.

Voting for the 2023 High School Football Hall of Fame will commence later this month and those voted in will be inducted in October.

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