Why I like Mark Richt

There’s been a lot of comments made about the quality of Georgia Bulldogs football coach Mark Richt and I thought it necessary to chime in. I don’t really know him at all but back when he was a coach at Florida State, he and his family attended the same church my family did. While there my sister Shannon made herself known to him, her being such a huge Seminole fan, it only made sense that Mark knew she was praying for him and for the team. So a few years ago our family put together a video celebrating Shannon’s 40th birthday. Now he didn’t have to do this, and Shannon’s birthday being in November which is a busy time for any football team, much less one of Georgia’s caliber, Mark Richt set aside time in his day to wish Shannon a happy birthday.

To me, and I’m guessing to a lot of football fans (and non-football fans, too), gestures like this mean so much more than how many wins a coach has, the number of championships they win, etc.

So I guess this is just my little offering to the compliments pouring in for Mark as he departs from the University of Georgia. Here’s to hoping he ends up in a place he can make a difference like it seemed he did in Athens, and definitely did in Tallahassee!

-Out of the Wilderness

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