|Tony Gilbert was a standout performer at Central High School for head coach Tom Simonton. He was the team captain of the Chargers his senior season when he recorded 105 tackles and had two interceptions. He was selected to play in the Georgia-Florida all-star football game in 1999.
Gilbert signed a football scholarship to the University of Georgia and was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, leading them in tackles all three of those seasons. He is the only player to lead Georgia in tackles three different years since defensive records started being kept in 1976. For his career, he had 328 tackles. During his senior season, he had 114 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 15 stops for losses, 13 quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and two deflected passes. He was named All-SEC while captaining Georgia’s 2002 SEC championship team that finished with a 13-1 record. He was also an outstanding student and was chosen for the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Following his college career, he was a sixth-round NFL draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals. He never played for Arizona, he did spend eight seasons in professional football -- six with the Jacksonville Jaguars and two with the Atlanta Falcons.
Following his playing days, he embarked on a coaching career. He has coached in the high school ranks at John Milledge Academy and in college at Georgia Military, East Mississippi, Georgia, Auburn and North Carolina, where he currently works as an assistant linebacker coach and a defensive quality control specialist.