Georgia fans line up in Augusta for national championship gear

Published: Jan. 10, 2023 at 12:27 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 10, 2023 at 4:47 PM EST
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EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - If you want gear celebrating the Georgia Bulldogs’ second consecutive national football title, local merchants have plenty.

Communigraphics, Fan Zone, and Academy Sports were among the hot spots the day after Monday night’s victory.

From t-shirts to hoodies to stickers, the beanies stuck out to Georgia Fan Brandon Cook.

“I lost mine from last year, so I was rushing up here this time and trying to buy a couple,” he said.

The Academy Sports in Evans stayed open until 3 a.m. after the championship game. The next morning, there was a line outside waiting for the store to open.

“Anyone that’s a Dawgs fan, watching that massacre last night, they come here and grab as many clothes as they can,” said Cook.

It’s hard not to grab as much gear as you can. For Carolyn and Ed Mrok, they traveled to Augusta from Tennessee just for the game.

“This was a special occasion for the Dawgs,” they said. “We came down to be amongst friendly folks.”

They both graduated from the ‘60s and say this win was one they’ll never forget.

“It’s history. It’s a part of who we’ll be forever, and we’ll hear that for the rest of our lives. Our kids and grandkids will too, and they’ll realize I’m a Georgia Bulldog all the way,” they said.

That history written on the t-shirt is something bigger than just football.

“I just think it’s exciting to be a part of it all,” they said.

Cook added, “It is crazy. It shows how much people love the Georgia Bulldogs as much as I do. It’s like a big family.”

Brandon Bruton, UGA alum, says, “Last year, I got to be there. See the team first person, but now I get to spend it with some new friends. And I’m excited, hopefully pull back to back.”

Anna Routon says the streets may look different than they did last year, but once a Dawg, always a Dawg.

“Last year in Athens, it was wild. I mean, people went absolutely crazy. The streets were flooded at the end of it. So we have a little different turnout here in Augusta. Not as many Georgia fans that’s okay. Because we showed up and we’re gonna support tonight,” Routon says.

So much excitement, generations of Georgia Bulldogs looking to grab something to remember a night none of them will ever forget.