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There was a moment in the national championship game where it hit all of DawgNation.
That James Cook sprint seized an opportunity. The Zeus score amplified the hope. That brilliant A.D. Mitchell touchdown catch proved to be a game-winning play.
But the moment most will likely remember came from Kelee Ringo. It has already inspired so many viral social media reaction videos to that play.
Cook opened the door. White ran through it. Mitchell provided the game-winning score.
Ringo’s moment knocked out the defending national champions. It allowed everyone to party like it really was 1980 all over again.
It inspired one Bulldog fan to drink a 1980s vintage National Championship Coca-Cola bottle from a living room as the seconds ticked off at Lucas Oil Stadium.
That championship was won in Indiana. The Bulldogs got that last clinching play from a young man from the state of Washington by way of Arizona.
That’s how elite recruiting and college football works in tandem these days.
Ringo’s recruiting was another 5-star story. Georgia reeled him in with the help of some coaches and analysts that are no longer on the staff.
His recruiting inspired a new NCAA rule about the use of live animals on a college visit. There was a UGA staffer’s pet snake which brought a lot of “Sunshine” to those viral Ringo photos.
There are just so many layers of Glory Glory to this one.
His mother, Tralee, has inspired all of us with her breast cancer fight. Georgia fans rallied to her cause with a GoFundMe effort that has seen more than $51,000 pledged to help her receive the very best care.
When Ringo made his first career interception as a ‘Dawg in Sanford Stadium, she was there to watch it.
Ringo missed his true freshman season after much-needed shoulder surgery and rehab. That was what made the first interception special. It came after a hard summer in which he lost his beloved Grandfather.
His name was Leroy Hale. Tralee said she felt divine intervention earlier this year against UAB.
“My father passed away last month,” Hale said earlier this year. “He lost his battle. I wasn’t able to relocate him to Georgia. It was him being that age and not wanting to give up his independence. It resulted in him not ever seeing my son play a college game.”
“But on that particular day [against UAB] my Dad was watching also. That was combined with all of the emotions of the day.”
Hale felt like he was looking down from the heavens the day he got that first pick against UAB. But she also knows he was there, too.
“The Thursday prior to that game we dumped some of his ashes on each side of the 50-yard line in the hedges,” Hale said. “So I had said a prayer. It was ‘Dad, let’s get a pick this game’ and maybe that’s why I sat in the front row because I knew he would deliver.”