Georgia football fans can get a quick update on the latest news involving the Bulldogs each day with DN90. DawgNation’s Brandon Adams provides all the latest UGA happenings on video in about 90 seconds. So follow along as Kirby Smart and the rest of the Bulldogs attempt to lead UGA to a national championship, and get up-to-the-minute UGA recruiting news as well. On this edition of DN90, the discussion focuses on some humorous words from former NFL great Deion Sanders regarding a visit to UGA that went wrong as told on Pardon My Take this week.
DN90: Former NFL great tells humorous story about almost ending up at UGA
The legendary former Georgia coach Vince Dooley was unapologetically conservative during his coaching career. He was famous for his old school ways, and that outlook served him well.
Dooley won 201 games as UGA coach — including six SEC championships and the national title in 1980.
A coach doesn’t accumulate that much success without earning his share of recruiting wins, and Dooley certainly won some key battles for top talent over the years. However, an example of an elite talent that didn’t choose the Bulldogs has gotten some attention this week.
Former Florida State and NFL great Deion Sanders made an appearance on Pardon My Take this week, and the subject of Sanders’ recruitment came up in the conversation. Sanders told the hosts, Big Cat and PFT Commenter, that he was turned off from attending UGA because Dooley — as Sanders explained — was clear about his intentions to redshirt him if he joined the Bulldogs.
Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles head coach at the time of Sanders’ recruitment, also had some issues with the idea of playing Sanders as a freshman, but apparently relented due to Sanders’ talents.
“He didn’t like starting freshmen,” FSU booster Walter Grace once said in a story recounting Bowden’s recruitment of Sanders. “But he was going to have to figure out a way to start Deion.”
That was a decision Dooley was apparently unwilling to make.
The outspoken cockiness that Sanders apparently showed in his meeting with Dooley undoubtedly served him well — both with the Seminoles and throughout a distinguished NFL career. And Dooley should probably be commended for being honest with Sanders about his apprehension about playing freshmen.
Ultimately, the meeting between Sanders and Dooley is funny to imagine — two hall of famers in their respective fields who couldn’t be more different in how they achieved their greatness.
For more on what Sanders said to Dooley, check out the latest edition of DN90, linked above.