The reason college football is so big, especially in the South, is the passion shown by the fans.
From tailgating all day to celebrating all night after a win (or a loss, depending on the situation), the fans make college football more exciting.
For the fans of the Georgia Bulldogs, it’s no different. They love their Bulldogs, and it’s shown every Saturday when over 92,000 fans pack Sanford Stadium.
But being a UGA fan is more than going to Athens every Saturday and wearing red and black. There are a few distinctions that separate the casual fan from the fan that is a Bulldog through and through.
Here are six ways to know you’re a Georgia Bulldogs fan.
The first way to know that you’re a Bulldogs fan is knowing how to spell “Dawgs.”
Everyone else in the world spells it “Dogs.” But real UGA fans know that “Dawgs” is the correct way to spell it.
It might look weird to outsiders, but true Bulldogs fans know that “Dogs” is not in their dictionary.
Sanford Stadium is one of the more unique stadiums in the country because of the hedges that surround it.
The hedges have encircled the stadium since 1929, and since then six other SEC schools have adopted the idea.
However, Bulldogs fans know that when some says “between the hedges,” they know that Sanford Stadium comes to mind first because Georgia is the originator of the idea.
Fans also have much respect for the hedges, because they have only rushed the field twice in school history.
For most football fans, they look at football pants as…well, football pants.
Not Georgia Bulldogs fans, because they look at football pants and call them silver britches.
Started by head coach Wally Butts, the silver britches have been a staple for the Bulldogs for generations. There have been some tweaks to the britches along the way, but the red jersey along with the silver britches make up for one of the most recognizable uniforms in all of college football.
Many people outside Athens know that Uga is one of the most famous mascots in all of sports. But Bulldogs fans don’t look at him as a just a mascot. They consider the English bulldog a part of the family.
Fans mourn when an Uga passes away, and they rejoice when a new Uga is named. Fans line up to take a picture with Uga, and the Bulldog is treated like royalty around campus.
Uga has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated and is the only mascot to make it to the Final Four.
No mascot has more of an impact on a fanbase than Uga does with the Bulldog Nation.
And speaking of making an impact, Larry Munson, who was the voice of the Bulldogs from 1966 to 2008, did the same thing with Bulldog fans with his distinctive voice and his famous calls.
From the call in the 1980 Florida game when he told Lindsay Scott to run, run, run to the hobnail boot call in 2001, there was never a dull moment when Munson hit the air for a Georgia game, and fans loved him for it.
In fact, there have been quite a few Georgia fans who would watch the game on television and turn down the volume just to hear the Munson call.
And when Munson passed away in 2011, over 3,500 fans made their way to Sanford Stadium for his tribute ceremony.
There have been many great college football players over the years, but a Georgia fan would tell anyone that Herschel Walker is the best college football player to ever play the game.
Walker is a three-time All-American who was third in Heisman voting in 1980, runner-up in 1981 and won the Heisman in 1982. Walker is the only player in college football history to finish in the top three in Heisman voting in three consecutive seasons.
Walker still holds the SEC record for most rushing yards in a career (5,259) and is second in touchdowns (49) behind Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.
Walker’s combination of speed and power was unparalleled at that time, and he was the reason the Bulldogs won the national title in 1980. Fans still cheer loudly when Walker makes an appearance at a game, and he is one of only four players in UGA history to have his number retired.
So Bulldog fans have a very valid argument when they talk about Walker being the best college football player of all time.