Hopeful Georgia Fan Reflects on Watching Last National Championship Win When He Was 10

by Thad Mitchell

Later tonight, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide will square off to determine the college football national champion.

Despite being a traditional college football powerhouse, it’s been more than four decades since Georgia claimed a national title. The team and their fans hope this long championship drought comes to an end in tonight’s matchup. They have a very tall task in front of them with the defending national champions on the other sideline. The Alabama Crimson Tide team is loaded with premier talent, headlined by the recently crowned Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Bryce Young. Alabama defeated Georgia just a few weeks ago to take the SEC Championship. Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is the best in the business and he will definitely have his team ready.

The Georgia Bulldogs will also be ready and much like their opponents — they are loaded with some of the best talent in all of football. The national championship game is also a huge deal to both the Georgia and Alabama fan bases. It might be even a little more special to Bulldogs fans who are praying for the streak to come to an end. One such fan is life-long Bulldog backer Billy Copeland who was present the last time Georgia won a national championship in 1980.

“Just an incredible, incredible experience for sure,” he said in a recent interview. “I remember these Notre Dame fans were standing around us and they were so cocky. They weren’t being ugly necessarily, but they were just so confident they were gonna beat us.”

Copeland is in Indianapolis today and is ready to cheer his Georgia Bulldogs bring home a championship. The season ticket holder has long wondered if he would be around to see his favorite team win another title. Tonight might be it.

Georgia Bulldogs And Alabama Crimson Tide Are Ready For Battle

Tonight’s matchup will be a knock-down, drag-out fight for two teams who don’t like each other very much. Foes of the SEC East and SEC West, Georgia and Alabama must leave it all on the field to win.

Copeland won’t be the only Georgia Bulldog fan at tonight’s national championship game. He will also be joined by thousands rooting for the Bulldogs to bring home the title. One of those fans will be Taeden Johnson, a 12-year-old Georgia native who recently lost his family to a house fire in early 2021. The University is bringing him to the game tonight where he will cheer on his team.

Zac Hendrix, a University of Georgia alum, is also Taeden’s friend and mentor. On his Instagram page, he shared a photo of Taeden heading to the national championship game.

Copeland and Taeden, though they may never meet, are bound in their Georgia Bulldog fandom.