WARNER ROBINS — Once you’ve had your name in lights in the butcher’s display, right between the chuck shoulder roast and the jalapeno cheddar burgers, what is left for a young man to accomplish?
The Fromm – as in Jake Fromm, the freshman quarterback for the No. 3-ranked Georgia Bulldogs – is a premade hamburger with bacon, swiss and mushrooms. Just the way he prefers his burgers, his folks told Amy Dean when she launched this savory tribute.
“We wanted to honor him,” said Dean, who with her husband, David, runs The Butcher Shop here in Fromm’s hometown. “He’s just a great kid who has done a lot for all of Houston County.” And when you’re in their business, there can be no higher praise than to say it with meat.
Only 19, with all of six-and-three-quarters games of college experience behind him, Fromm already is becoming something more than just another hometown-kid-made-good in this football-mad slice of Middle Georgia. He is becoming an entrée, a tailgate specialty.
As the Bulldogs creep up the rankings – their profile and their ambitions going national – the quarterback who stepped in when Jacob Eason hurt his knee in the first quarter of the first game and Wally Pipped the poor incumbent is attracting notice and praise in bulk. As quarterbacks tend to do.