Georgia football is losing one of its best players. Brock Bowers has made it official that he is going to the NFL. I imagine not a soul was shocked by that news, but it is still bittersweet. Brock Bowers is probably one of the best players to wear the red and black. Yeah, I know about Herschel, but did Herschel ever win back-to-back titles? No! So Brock Bowers is my #1.
Now, admittedly I am biased because I was a student when Brock Bowers was playing and got to see in person almost every game he played in. So, congrats to the lucky few who saw Herschel and Bowers. I will tell my kids I went to school with the greatest Georgia football player ever.
I have not written much on players leaving for the NFL because there have been so many. But I also have not written about the others because they are not Brock Bowers. Ladd McConkey was awesome; Sedrick Van Pran is one of the greatest linemen and leaders in Georgia football history, but none are Brock.
I was catching up with an old friend on the phone early in September, and the conversation turned to Georgia football. My friend is a die-hard USC fan and wanted to know what it was like to have a generational player and win national titles with that player, was like.
Soon, I started talking about the things Bowers does and the way he carries himself on and off the field. It was soon pointed out that I talked about the greatness of Brock Bowers for 25 minutes uninterrupted. I was embarrassed because I was fanboying over someone four years my junior. But, really, how much of a crime is it when you are talking about Bowers?
Bowers's recruitment flew under the radar for most fans. Most of us heard his name and Napa, California, and did not pay that much attention. But then that famed video came out of him running up that hill, and people started talking.
A few months later, everyone discussed this tight-end Brock Bowers in summer and fall practice. Little did we know that he would start in that massive match-up against Clemson in Charlotte, and the rest was history.
From the long touchdown run against UAB in week 2 of the 2021 season to the end-around touchdown run against Vandy and then the touchdown run against Tech. In just one season, Bowers put on highlight reel-worthy plays every game.
Bowers will always be the guy who scored the touchdown to put the Dawgs up for good against Alabama in the 2022 CFP Championship game. One of the loudest pops I heard inside a stadium until the Ringo interception. If you do not believe how loud it was inside Lucas Oil Stadium on that Bowers run, watch the replay of it; even the camera shook. Unbelievable.
All of this is to say Brock Bowers is on the Mount Rushmore of Georgia Football. Not only for his play but for how he played the game and represented Georgia football off the field. A DAMN GOOD DAWG!