Jocks can be nerds. It’s not against the rules.
Take Georgia Bulldog Chris Conley, for example. The 6’3”, 206-pound wide receiver is a physical specimen who reeled in 45 passes and four touchdowns last year. Conley is a force on the field, but he’s also into The Force. Yes, that Force.
Indeed, Conley is a huge Star Wars fan and is currently in the process of shooting a tribute film based on the series.
According to Nate Scott of For The Win, the wide receiver was spotted running around Athens, Ga. on Sunday, filming battle sequences with a pack of UGA students in Star Wars gear.
Was head coach Mark Richt on the scene for the intergalactic reenactment? Silly question—of course he was.
Richt and Conley were front and center, standing among Stormtroopers, Boba Fetts and sundry other characters for what may be some of the most ridiculous group photos you’ll see.
Here’s Mark Richt with a laser rifle. He is not having a bad time.
This is Mark Richt surrounded by Stormtroopers. The Imperials clearly didn’t appreciate the presence of a Rebel commander among their ranks.
Conley’s tribute video is slated to premier in April, and hopefully it will feature heavy use of the sound effect “Phew phew.”
Judging by a tweet sent out last November, Conley has been on the lookout for Sith Lords and purveyors of The Force for the last several months.
All of this should come as no surprise for Bulldogs insiders.
Conley’s love for all things Star Wars is far from undocumented, and has led to a number of ridiculous and/or amazing interviews with Georgia beat reporters.
In a preseason interview with reporter Radi Nabulsi, the wideout spoke on his ownership of a lightsaber, his reliance on The Force for catching footballs and his distaste for Jar Jar Binks.
Be on the lookout for Conley’s Star Wars tribute this April. It might look a little low-budget, but the acting will likely outstrip Episodes I, II and III.
At the very least, we’ll see gratuitous lightsaber dueling and a cameo from Richt. I just hope he’s wearing Jedi robes and driving a "pod racer" resembling a brown El Camino.
Hurry up with the video, you scruffy Nerf herders!