Even if you don’t like the Super Bowl Champions, if you’re a UGA fan, you’ve got to consider being proud of the recording-breaking performance of one former Bulldog who dressed up for the New England Patriots.
Sony Michel, a rookie running back who was selected by the Patriots in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft, set a single-season record by scoring six rushing touchdowns in the playoffs.
The NFL celebrated Michel’s 24th birthday this week by tweeting out highlights of all six of Michel’s playoff touchdowns. Here it is:
— NFL (@NFL) February 17, 2019
On top of the record-breaking performance, Michel scored the game’s only touchdown in this year’s Super Bowl, with 11 carries for a game-high 94 rushing yards.
While Michel reached legendary status in the playoffs, his regular season was also impressive. He rushed for 931 yards and six touchdowns in the 13 regular-season games, while sitting out three games.
Obviously the biggest area of improvement for Michel next year providing more help to the passing game — he contributed a total of 7 catches for 50 yards during the regular season.
However, most NFL/UGA fans will remember only Michel’s epic rise during the playoffs and Super Bowl.
And while I personally am not a fan of the Patriots (after they beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl, and I feel like they have won too many times), I’ve got nothing but mad respect for Michel’s inaugural season in the professional ranks.