Sony Michel And Nick Chubb Changed Georgia Football Forever

Sony Michel And Nick Chubb Changed Georgia Football Forever

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Sony Michel And Nick Chubb Changed Georgia Football Forever

When Kirby Smart was hired as the head coach in late 2015, he had a vision for what it meant to be a Georgia Bulldog because he’s from the state, lived in Athens, went to school at Georgia and played in Sanford Stadium. But instilling that culture in his team wouldn’t happen overnight and he needed a special group of players to help start making it happen, and he found that in these two players (as well as Lorenzo Carter, Davin Bellamy, Isaiah Wynn, Roquan Smith, etc.).

All six produced great numbers on the field for Georgia, but as Kirby said after the National Championship, 1 and 27 “meant more to Georgia than yards (2nd and 3rd on UGA’s All-Time Rushing List) – a lot of heart and soul, a lot of fire.” The way they went about their business was truly remarkable. Much didn’t have to be said because it was displayed through their actions.

They easily could have left for the NFL after their junior seasons, but the first four players announced as a unit that they were coming back for their senior seasons. Not individually, not in a high profile way, but together as the leaders of the team. All of the blood, sweat… and tears this past season meant something for this year’s team and future teams. It now means something to be a Bulldog.

Now the on the field expectations are to be a champion each year because there is pride in knowing WE ARE the University of Georgia. It’s a privilege to be a Bulldog.

When speaking about Sony Michel specifically, since he is from Florida, it’s not a stretch to say he may be one of the last players not from the state of Georgia to play for us, as these types of players will start becoming very limited, so he knows how lucky he was. Kirby has made it known it will be an honor to play for the home team in your home state, and the recruits from Georgia will always be first priority. Open roster spots will start to fill up much faster than I think we have ever seen. The brand Kirby is building will have kids around the state dreaming of suiting up for the Dawgs in Athens, Georgia, on a fall Saturday in Sanford Stadium.

The contributions from Sony and Nick this year built the foundation for a new era in Athens. And I truly believe if you had hypothetically told both of them it would take a heartbreaking loss in the last game of their college careers, the National Championship, to provide the pain of losing, the motivation of winning and the esteemed honor of being a Dawg to the younger players, which would fuel them to come back stronger than ever and catapult our program to future championships as the new leaders of our team, they would have signed up for it in a heartbeat. They were so committed to doing whatever it took to see the University of Georgia succeed at the highest level, even if it meant sacrificing their chance to be a champion and be the ones who ended our streak.

They loved their teammates; they loved their coaches; they loved this school; they loved this city; and everything they did was for the team’s success, not their own. I know how bad they wanted to win; I know how bad Kirby wants to win; and I know how bad I want to win, but even after this loss, “everybody can see that Georgia’s going to be a force to be reckoned with” and “we’re not going anywhere.”

I’d go down swinging with these guys versus any other players who may be more talented because I want guys who will take every opportunity possible to wear the red and black. I want guys who will turn down every other school for the opportunity to be a Dawg. I want guys who will hurt after a loss because of the passion in their soul. I want guys who will hurt on the inside when their time in Athens, Georgia, is over.

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