UGA Fan, John N.
Fueled by his hatred for the Tennessee Volunteers, Knoxville native, John Nijhawan, easily found himself fleeing from the hills of Tennesee to a small town in northeast Georgia that also just so happened to share a distaste for all things orange and vol— Athens.
John found himself quickly enchanted by the intense football atmosphere that the University of Georgia offered him. One of Johns all-time greatest sports memories was in 2001when he attended the UGA vs. UT in Knoxville.
It was his senior year and John and his father had decided to attend the game together. What seemed to be a rather steep lead for the Dawgs quickly reverted into a battle in the trenches. John recalled the Vols getting ‘lucky’ on an unlucky call which resulted in a quick touchdown and an even quicker four-point lead.
With 44 seconds left in The Hobnail Boot Game, John clenched his sweaty fists in anger as he unwillingly watched as his dawgs let the win slip through their fingers and suffered through the classless acts of the Tennessee fans who taunted he and his father with their curse words and chants.
Just when he thought it was all over— his greatest nightmare turned reality— John watched as the red and black made a play that would forever be etched in UGA history. With no time outs left the awestruck fans watched as David Greene led the Dawgs down the field and into victory.
Still, fifteen years later, John vividly remembers this exact moment as if it happened just this past weekend.
“I have never seen them so humbled and defeated and it is still the greatest sports spectacle I have ever been witness to,” John recalls of the Tennessee fans post-game.
Still as supportive as ever of his beloved bulldogs, John Nijhawan has great expectations for this season.
“We’re going to surprise people this year. Coaching is all that separates athletes of this caliber, Kirby is ready to prove something, Eason is a beast and Chubb goes without saying.”