Roger Weaver, a star athlete at West Rome High School in the late 1960s, has died.
His colleagues at the West Rome Alumni page shared the news as did the Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation page. Weaver, 67, was inducted into the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 in the amateur division. You’ll find a summary from his induction below. We are awaiting his obituary notice from Good Shepherd Funeral Home. A tribute from the Chieftans also appears below.
“It is no secret that West Rome High School was a football powerhouse, a dynamo for producing outstanding teams in the decades of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. And, as we all agree, great programs are not the product of just luck or accident. Great coaches and talented athletes combine to set the stage for successful high school football programs. Such was the case at West Rome High from 1965 to 1968, when an outstanding young talent by the name of Roger Weaver took to the gridiron.
“In his freshman year, Roger helped his Chieftains win a region title by tallying 289 net yards with 56 rushes for an average gain of over 5 yards per carry. The 1966 Chieftains squad produced another region title with Weaver lighting up the scoreboard with 1,198 rushing yards, good enough to earn the 6AA rushing honors for Roger.
“Experience fosters success and under Roger Weaver’s leadership as a running back, the green and white Chieftains landed its third consecutive region crown in 1967. Roger had an outstanding year, handling the ball 516 times for a total of 2,923 yards and received Back of the Year honors.
“Roger ended his career in 1968 after compiling outstanding stats for a high school running back, gaining over 4,400 yards and averaging better than 5 yards per carry over his four seasons.
“Weaver, while known for his ability to move the pigskin, also excelled as a track star and was a pretty fair boxer, winning a Georgia Golden Gloves Championship in 1964 and an Alabama Championship in 1970.”