Sony Michel Writes Beautiful Letter To Georgia And The Fans

Sony Michel Writes Beautiful Letter To Georgia And The Fans

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Sony Michel Writes Beautiful Letter To Georgia And The Fans

Former Georgia running back Sony Michel, who came to Athens as a 5-star recruit out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida back in 2014, is just a few months away from becoming an early round NFL Draft selection.

Now, Michel, who leaves UGA as the program’s third all-time leading rusher, took some time to reflect on his four seasons at Georgia, using the Players’ Tribune to write a heartfelt farewell letter to the school and its fans.

Michel opens the letter by discussing his emotions directly following his walk-off, double-overtime Rose Bowl touchdown to send the Dawgs to the national title game.

But after I scored that game-winning touchdown in the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma to send us to the national championship game, I only had one thing on my mind. The very first thought I had when I crossed the goal line — the VERY … FIRST … THOUGHT — was:

Let’s get on that plane right now and get back home to Georgia.

To Athens.

Michel explains what was said during halftime of the Rose Bowl, when the players found themselves trailing the Sooners by two touchdowns.

Before we could get too down, though, something really great began happening back in the locker room. We all just started looking each other in the eye and putting our arms around one another and saying….

“I got your back.”

Those words, Michel described, were true for all of his four seasons at Georgia. However, it was more than just the players, though, as Michel wrote that “Georgia is all about good people supporting one another and having each other’s backs.”

One of the more interesting segments of the elegantly transcribed letter discusses Michel’s struggles with playing as a backup. 

Michel wrote that it was not easy for him to come in as one of the nation’s most coveted high school recruits and then miss out on the majority of the carries for the duration of his collegiate career. However, Georgia and its fans made it a bit easier on him.

The thing is, Georgia fans, and the whole UGA community, went out of their way to make it clear that I actually wasn’t a second-string back. You guys made me feel special, and every time my name was called, you showed me love as if I was the starter. Then, before every home game, the team would list me in the starting lineup. They’d have two running backs at the top of the depth chart, which is something you don’t see too many places do.

The letter continues with Michel discussing the heartbreaker against Alabama. How the players played their hearts out, how they never had any doubts and how Michel hopes he and his teammates made the Bulldog faithful proud.

But I really hope everyone out there understands how badly we wanted to bring that championship home for Dawg Nation. I know it still stings, for all of us, but I hope that we gave you all enough amazing memories throughout the season that you can forgive us for not getting it done on that night in Atlanta.

Michel goes on to detail what he will miss about Athens. Not just the football aspect, but the college aspect as well. He mentioned the DJ booth in the locker room, the burgers from The Grindhouse.

“Mostly, though, I’m going to miss you all. My people. Dawg Nation. You all mean the world to me, and it’s been like that since Day One.”

“And now it’s time for me to pay back some of that love you’ve shown me by doing big things in the NFL and making you all proud.”

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