Shortly after it was announced that the NCAA would be canceling all winter and spring championships due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Georgia football account tweeted out a video of defensive back Eric Stokes.
Stokes is seen working out, going through offseason conditioning drills, getting ready for the upcoming season. He talks about how he’s working on getting ready for his eventual first career interception, which is a bit surprising given he’s one of the best defensive backs in the conference.
But the reason for pushing out this video of Stokes may have had a deeper meaning. Stokes is one of the more positive and optimistic members of the Georgia football team.
When speaking with reporters he tends to heap borderline excessive amounts of praise. And usually doing it with a cheek-to-cheek smile.
His overwhelming positivity always brightens the room and in a time where there is so much uncertainty about what the future might hold, having someone like Stokes and his energy emerging as the face of the Georgia program isn’t such a bad thing.
Obviously everyone is anxiously waiting for things to return to normal. But at the moment, we’re not really sure when that might be. Georgia has canceled classes for at least the next two weeks, while the football team has pushed back the start of spring practice through at least March 30.
That’s why perhaps in these difficult times, it’s even more important that we try and be uplifting to those around us like Stokes so often is with his teammates.
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