Being a fan of Georgia football is often a rollercoaster of emotions. There are the highs that come with a commitment from a top recruit, a win over a hated SEC rival, and a beautiful Saturday afternoon between the hedges at Sanford Stadium. Unfortunately, there are the lows of coming up short in a big game, watching the team shoot itself in the foot in a critical moment, or seeing a key player be hampered by a bad injury.
Nevertheless, my commitment and support of the University of Georgia and its football program never waivers.
I graduated from UGA in 2008 and some of my best college memories revolve around great victories by the football team. I remember watching D.J. Shockley lead the Dawgs to an SEC championship. I remember when Paul Oliver shut down Calvin Johnson in a huge rivalry game against Georgia Tech. And I’ve never heard Sanford Stadium louder than when the team took the field in black jerseys in the “Blackout” game against Auburn in 2007.
Everything about Georgia football has special meaning to me. I was part of it. And I’ll always have a connection to it.
There’s something wonderful about the families on North Campus that will kindly welcome any visitors to their tailgate. There’s something unique about seeing fathers-and-sons welcome the team as they enter the stadium through the Dawg Walk. There’s something tingling about hearing the trumpet solo in the southwest corner of the stadium that marks the beginning of Larry Munson’s iconic narrative before a game. And there’s something magical about ringing the victory bell by the chapel after the Dawgs get a big win.
Georgia is a program with an incredibly rich history. Legends such as Herschel Walker, Fran Tarkenton, Frank Sinkwich, Champ Bailey, Hines Ward and countless others are all part of the Bulldogs’ decorated past. I hope a few more national championships will also eventually become part of that decorated past.
Though he receives a great deal of criticism, I couldn’t be happier that Mark Richt is the head coach of the football team. He’s been one of the most consistent coaches in the country during his tenure in Athens, and he’s an even better person than football coach. Above all else, he’s an incredible representative and ambassador for the University of Georgia and nothing could make me prouder as a graduate.
I’m a passionate fan of the team, but I also try to take a reasoned approach to analyzing their performance and the state of the program. I’ll always have a rooting interest, but I’ll also be realistic. Click on the button below to see some of my latest thoughts about the Dawgs.
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