ATHENS — Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson did his best to express his gratitude to the Georgia football fan base that donned pink for Saturday’s game at Sanford Stadium.
The Bulldogs’ fans started the movement earlier this week to honor Wendy Anderson, Blake Anderson’s late wife, who passed away in August after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
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“It’s been a really emotional week, no doubt,” Anderson said at Sanford Stadium after playing No. 3-ranked Georgia, per postgame transcriptions. “There’s been a lot of conversation this week about preparing for today, about the fans.
“Publicly, I would like to say thank you for all who showed up today wearing pink or thinking pink.”
Anderson was moved by the gesture, pointing out the Georgia fan base didn’t have a great deal of familiarity with him or his late wife.
“Those people didn’t know my wife, and they don’t know me,” Anderson said. “They didn’t have to do it and I’m very grateful, honored and honestly overwhelmed.”
Arkansas State senior safety B.J. Edmonds also praised the Georgia fans for their compassion.
“It was amazing,” Edmonds said. “I thought it was awesome of the Georgia fans to do that for us, Mama Wendy and Coach Anderson.”
Bulldogs alum Dwight Standridge is credited with triggering the pink movement for the Arkansas State game, according to a CNN report.
Georgia football held a moment of silence before the national anthem to honor Wendy Anderson along with former Bulldogs’ player Robert Arnaud and former UGA letterman and booster Bill Saye, all whom recently passed away from cancer.
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