'Big Dawg' carries on tradition in dad's memory

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Monday, June 17, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia Bulldog fanaticism is a tradition for the Woods family. As is painting an image of the UGA mascot on top of their heads.

Mike Woods grew up a Bulldogs fan. He calls himself the "biggest fan."

Athens residents know him as "Big Dawg" as he has become a staple in the Bulldog Nation, especially on game day.

Taking the lead from his father, Lonnie Lee Woods Sr., who passed away in 1987, Mike decided to carry on his dad's tradition of shaving and painting a bulldog on his head.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that more than 25 years later, he still honors the tradition and is looking to pass it on to his son in hopes of keeping his father's memory alive.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)


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