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Georgia football to honor fallen fan on Friday
If you’re a Georgia football fan reading this story on Friday, Feb. 1, make sure you’re wearing red and black to honor one special Georgia fan.
Harrison Hooks of Thomasville, Ga., tragically passed away after an ATV accident last week. He was 8 years old. And all that his family has asked for is that Georgia fans show support for the Bulldogs on Friday by wearing red and black.
“He was excited about our recruiting class and our chances of for the 2019 season,” Bill Hooks wrote. “He could tell you the starting lineup for both sides of the ball. … This Friday, February 1st, please wear red and black to honor Harrison and post pictures on your social media so that we can turn the world Red and Black for Harrison.”
And some prominent players have responded to the call already. Jake Fromm, Jeremiah Holloman, Tae Crowder and a number of other Georgia student athletes all showed their support for the Hooks family with their posts on social media on Thursday night.
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) February 1, 2019
“Hey DawgNation, I’m looking to honor Harrison Hooks who recently lost his life in a tragic accident. Let’s honor him and his family by wearing red and black this Friday, Feb 1. Hunkerdown for Harrison and Go Dawgs,” Fromm said in his message.
— Jeremiah Holloman (@Obey_Classics) February 1, 2019
#DawgNation 8 year old Harrison Hooks lost his life recently in a tragic accident. Please help his Family and I honor his life by wearing Red & Black this Friday, February 1st !! Using #HunkerDownForHarrison
Go Dawgs !! pic.twitter.com/I9OEqO40XO
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) January 31, 2019
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) January 31, 2019
— Emerson Hancock (@emersonh11) January 31, 2019
I know what it feels like to lose a brother/best friend, I just wanna reach out to the Hook’s family and send out my condolences to you all. God Bless and y’all will be in the UGA family prayers.🙏🏽#hunkerdownforHarrison pic.twitter.com/p7Xm1OLzyI
— Tae Crowder 4️⃣ (@TaeCrowder) January 31, 2019
“I know what it feels like to lose a brother/best friend, I just wanna reach out to the Hook’s family and send out my condolences to you all. God Bless and y’all will be in the UGA family prayers,” Crowder wrote in his message.
Senior Michael Barnett posted a picture of a number of Bulldogs donning red and black inside Georgia’s practice facility. Players in the picture include Fromm, offensive lineman Cade Mays and 5-star freshmen Nolan Smith and Clay Webb.
— Michael Barnett Jr.™ (@mjbarnettjr) February 1, 2019
These messages by Fromm, Smart and the other Bulldogs show just what kind of power social media can have in this day and age. Every Georgia fan should put on their red and black, if only to make a grieving family happy for a day. Harrison would no doubt be thrilled by the support Georgia has already shown for him.
Hopefully Friday is a special day for all Georgia fans to come together, wear red and black and #hunkerdownforHarrison.
AJ Green very high on the future of Georgia football under Kirby Smart
AJ Green might be the most talented Bulldog to play for Georgia in the 21st century. Green was a 5-star recruit, finished as Georgia’s third leading receiver despite only playing three seasons and has gone on to become one of the most consistently great wide receivers in the NFL.
Georgia fans and coach Kirby Smart have raved about Green before and what type of ambassador he is for the program. And on Thursday, Green returned the favor.
DawgNation caught up with Green in Athens, and the standout wide receiver had some glowing things to say about Smart.
“These last two years have been very exciting. He’s given me a ton of bragging rights in the locker room,” Green said. “I’m always talking a lot of trash, so these last two seasons have been great. Obviously I wish we had finished the season with the big one, but we’re going to be real good for a long time.”
Green is one of five former Georgia players on the Cincinnati Bengals. Since leaving Georgia, Green has made seven Pro Bowls and racked up six 1,000 yards seasons. The only reason Green didn’t eclipse 1,000 yards this past season was because he played in only 8 games due to a toe injury.
Green didn’t play for Smart when he attended Georgia from 2008-10. But that hasn’t stopped Smart from making Green feel like a vital part of the Georgia program.
“It’s awesome and you go there like he recruited you,” Green said He makes it feel like home and he’s a great guy. He really changed this program these last two years and it’s been wonderful to see.”
Green isn’t the only former Bulldog to make those types of comments this week. David Andrews of the New England Patriots made similar comments with regards to how Sam Pittman has treated him when Andrews has come back to Athens.
Andrews is one of four Bulldogs playing in the Super Bowl this weekend, joining Sony Michel, Todd Gurley and Ramik Wilson.
To hear more of what Green had to say about Georgia, the future of the wide receiver position and much more, make sure to check out DawgNation Daily on Friday. The show begins at 10 a.m. and can be seen on all of DawgNation’s social media channels.
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Dawgs on Twitter
— Brett Seither (@_Brett18) February 1, 2019
Big Z Walker @Zykeivous10 working his trade in weight room! 515 lb dead lift with ease. We are excited about our future here at Schley County High. Discipline + Determination + Dedication = Destiny!#wintoday @TomLemming @ChadSimmons_ pic.twitter.com/6I9dj0WP7A
— Coach Darren Alford (@AlfordCoach) February 1, 2019
Glory, glory! Even when it's cold out, campus is still beautiful. 😎 pic.twitter.com/iziJRJNedU
— UGA (@universityofga) January 31, 2019
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 31, 2019
I thought Herschel Walker was just walking around knocking out random kids.. WILD stuff here pic.twitter.com/yw2SUWSlVn
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 1, 2019
Good Dawg of the Day
THE PHOTO MY SISTER JUST SENT ME OF HER GREAT DANE AND THE NEW PUPPY THEY JUST GOT.
LOOK AT IT. pic.twitter.com/6EsDWzq1UX
— beth phelan (@beth_phelan) January 31, 2019