May 24, 2011
by Kevin Butler
So many football players never get the chance to play in a bowl game. At UGA, that was not something you hoped for. Playing in a bowl game was and is expected to happen every year. It was no different my freshman year.
We went 10-1, with our lone loss coming in Death Valley and all that Clemson orange...still get sick thinking of that day.
We had a great season and were headed to the Sugar Bowl representing the SEC as the Conference Champions vs. the Panthers of The University of Pittsburgh.
Bowl games are everything you think they are.... fun, exciting, a great sense of pride for the University and gifts! The week moves fast and the focus on the game grows stronger each day the it gets closer.
All of a sudden it is game day and we are playing a very big, strong team led by an offensive line that would see five lineman drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. Their defense was not to shabby either....Ricky Jackson, Hugh Green and oh, they also had a QB who's name was Dan Marino.
Every game I would go out to warm up earlier than the other players because kickers can. I would take a lap around the field to get the blood flowing and to check out the other team and its players. What I will never forget was the size of the mighty Pitt Panthers when I started down their side of the field on my jog. The closer I got the bigger they got. Now Georgia was big but these guys were huge.
I remember thinking to myself "Self, I am glad to be a kicker today!"