Sunday, February 13, 2011
Richt Makes Honorary Bulldog In Valdosta
((HT: Valdosta Daily Times/Malone))
A lot of times, we get wrapped up in the whole idea of someone doing something just to get their name out there in a blatant swing of self-promotion.
Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt is not, and has never been, one of those guys.
Valdosta High ((GA)) senior James Eunice was a two-sport player at VHS. He had talked about trying out as a walk-on in Athens to Richt himself as two teammates, Jay Rome and Malcom Mitchell were heading that way as well.
Eunice drowned while duck hunting last month.
At his memorial service, Rome and Mitchell opened a box that contained a UGA jersey in it. It had Eunice's name and number stitched on the back. Richt had, posthumously, given James Eunice a spot on the 2011 roster ((the jersey is pictured on the right, held by James Eunice's father, thanks Valdosta Daily Times)).
From Malone's piece... Rome and Mitchell now know another way that they're playing for a great man...
“I’m going to play for an incredible man,” Rome said. “Coach Richt is just incredible. He’s the best. Just to know that he had that in his heart, just to do that for James and his family, means a lot to me, and I know it means a lot to the family.”
“He cares about (people),” Mitchell said. “I don’t know how well he knew James, but just to do something like that, not really even having a full (knowledge) of who the person is, shows that he cares about people, and just is a caring person.”
The story by our friends at WALB-TV in Albany on when Eunice's body was finally found is hyah...