UGA may or may not have better football players on its roster, but none are as famous as Jake Fromm.
It comes with the territory when you’re the quarterback of a yearly contender for the national championship. Because Fromm has such a sky-high Q rating, whenever he gets a fishing lure stuck in his leg or he breaks a bone in his non-throwing arm, it’s automatic to make headlines.
Fromm was asked about his fame in an interview with 13maz.com’s Marvin James. Fromm is from the nearby area, and he gave an typical-Fromm answer that makes him so darn endearing to Georgia fans.
Did you ever think you’d be that name that would resonate with people? “Gosh, no. It’s crazy.”
How do you deal with that? “I’m still trying to figure out. I wish I knew all the answers. But it’s crazy think about … it is what it is. I’m super thankful for it. I’m truly blessed to be in the position that I’m in. I just hope I do the best with it, in my shoes. I know there’s a lot of decisions I wish I could’ve made for the better. But, man, I’m here. I’m trying to live it out the best I can. Hopefully I don’t mess up too much. You know, get any more hooks in my leg or break any bones. Man, (the fame) is fun and exciting. It definitely keeps me on my toes. I’m really just thankful.”
For the first time in two years, the UGA team is completely his. If he makes mistakes, Fromm won’t have to look over his shoulder and see a 5-star quarterback on the bench such as 2017 (Jacob Eason) and 2018 (Justin Fields).
On the flip side, there’s a ton of pressure on Fromm for 2019. He hasn’t missed any snaps the last two years, but if he gets hurt this year … his backups are two unproven recruits who haven’t taken a single snap in a college game. The Bulldogs would be in big, big trouble if that scenario unfolds.
On top of that, let’s face it — anything less than a national championship this season will be deemed a disappointment by many fans. It’s simply the pressure that comes with the job.
Back to Fromm’s fame: On the football side, he’s also getting attention as a possible Heisman candidate, along with being a possible high draft pick if he left the Bulldogs early for the NFL after his junior year.
Who knows what will happen? But it’s good to see Fromm’s humbleness. Seems like he has the right perspective of things. Many UGA fans consider Fromm an outstanding representative of the University of Georgia.