By now most fans of the Georgia Bulldogs have heard the tragic news of former defensive end Quentin Moses passing away from a house fire in Monroe, Ga. early on Sunday morning.
While some will remember Moses for his last five years as an assistant football coach at Reinhardt University, and others will remember his brief NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, most will remember him for his time Between the Hedges at the University of Georgia.
After a stellar career at Cedar Shoals High School in Athens where he starred as a football and basketball player, Moses signed with UGA in February of 2002.
The lasting legacy that Quentin Moses left from his time in Athens was that he was someone who truly loved playing for the Red and Black.
As a junior in 2005, after being apart of an SEC Championship team where he racked up 11.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles-for-loss, Moses was a consensus first-team All-SEC selection and also made various All-American lists.
More from Dawn of the Dawg
- Georgia Football: Top 5 Nick Chubb Moments at Georgia
- Georgia Football: Know the enemy UAB Blazers
- Nick Chubb is America’s running back, and he will return
- Georgia Football: Should laundry list of injuries be a cause to panic?
- Georgia Football: Report cards for Week 3 game against South Carolina
But despite all the accolades and a likely first round selection in the NFL draft looming, Moses elected to return for his senior season.
While this is no knock on the talented players that have come through Athens and left for the NFL before their eligibility ran out, from a fan’s perspective there is a special place in our hearts for the guys who stay for their senior year despite the NFL knocking on their door.
And in Moses’ senior season you could argue that he made the wrong the choice. He had a disappointing senior campaign where he tallied just 4.5 sacks, trailing junior Charles Johnson (9.5) for the team lead in sacks.
As a college football fan, and a Georgia fan specifically, we see so many guys leave college early to become stars in the NFL, meanwhile selfishly wondering how good the team would’ve been had we gotten one more year of the Matthew Staffords and A.J. Greens of the world.
And while you can’t blame the guys who realize their dreams and go onto NFL stardom, every fan wants players who give everything they have to their university. And Quentin Moses did that.