Stetson Bennett Was Feelin’ Pretty Good in ‘Good Morning America’ National Championship Interview

by Chase Thomas
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The Georgia Bulldogs are your 2022 National Champions. Yes, the Bulldogs ended a 41-year drought that dated back to 1980 when Buck Belue and Herschel Walker took care of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 17-10 in the Sugar Bowl. It was a long time coming for the team in red and black with those silver britches. Leading the Bulldogs to victory this time around was the walk-on sensation Stetson Bennett out of Blackshear, Georgia. Bennett was the man of the hour, with the highlight of his evening being that bomb down the right-hand side of the field to A.D. Mitchell for a score late in the ball game. Bennett outdueled the Heisman winner in Bryce Young from Alabama in Indy, so it might come as no surprise that the evening’s celebrations for those Georgia Bulldogs took their toll on the veteran signal-caller.

Stetson Bennett appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, and his brief interview immediately went viral. Bennett certainly did not seem like himself on the broadcast, as host Michael Strahan asked Bennett if he had gotten any sleep the night prior. Bennett was hilariously honest and said that he got a “few hours” of sleep after winning the national title on Monday evening.

So he didn’t get as much sleep as Rip Van Winkle. But it appears Stetson did, indeed, celebrate with some Pappy.

On his GMA appearance mere hours after confetti fell for the Dawgs in Indianapolis, Bennett laughed and added, “Not many [hours of sleep], Michael.” Bennett and the hosts laughed about it all, and the former was a great sport about it. They won the national title, the first in 41 years for the Bulldogs. So, a full night’s rest was never going to happen after you complete an all-time underdog story.

Stetson Bennett continued to be transparent and open about his rise. “I learned life is hard,” Bennett told GMA. “You’ve gotta work for what you want. You gotta bet on yourself.” That’s been the message from Bennett all season long. He walked into a 2022 QB room with the former five-star QB J.T. Daniels and never wavered. Bennett did not quit working. He stayed ready for his opportunity if it came to him. As the underdog story goes, the opportunity came to him and he proceeded to go on the magical run that ended with his team and Kirby Smart slaying the dragon that was Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide.

Stetson Bennett, after the Dawgs’ win was all but confirmed late, was seen getting emotional on the sideline. It was an emotional moment for him, especially after that fourth-quarter surge that put the game away. Bennett overcame so many obstacles to reach the top of the mountain in college football. And yet, he did it. He reached the top of the mountain with the team he grew up rooting for in the Georgia Bulldogs. He told the AP after the game on his emotions from such a game, “I cried, so pretty good.”

The Georgia Bulldogs are your National Champions. Let it sink in, Dawgs fans. It’s for real this time, again.