At Georgia Tech, Varitek earned his stripes as a top college talent. In 1992, he played for the US Olympic team in Barcelona. He won Baseball America's 1993 College Player of the Year and, along with future Red Sox teammates Nomar Garciaparra and Jay Payton, led the Yellow Jackets to a 1994 College World Series title. His No. 33 remains the only player jersey retired by the program.