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Moreno and Stafford declare for the draft

January 7, 2009


Today the tandem that was expected to bring UGA back to the top announced they will go pro, declaring for the draft from Athens with the support of the coaches and family behind them. They leave the SEC on their way to make millions, with UGA fans still clamoring for one more year and the rest of the fans of the SEC asking if they need a ride to the airport. I may not have been a UGA fan, but I am fan of these two student-athletes. I became a fan of Knowshon and Stafford, due to one of the worst seasons in UT history. As the scoreboard for my beloved Vols routinely reflected a team that was over matched and lacked desire, I changed my perspective. For most sports I can watch my team lose and there is no feeling of acrimony or antipathy. However when I watch the Vols go through defeat, I get physically ill. I don't know why this happens, but it is a family trait passed down from my father. During this past fall, when the wins were surpassed by losses, I had to change my perspective for the betterment of my physical state.

I changed my attitude by watching the games not as a Vol fan but as a fan of the SEC. This helped me stay in my usual balanced and relaxed state of mind, well that and staying away from Jack on game days. Watching these future all-pros face off on a weekly basis in the biggest games is a joy and it honestly helped me ignore the problems in Knoxville. Throughout the season there were two players that stood out the most. Moreno and Stafford. Watching Moreno run over/ juke tacklers into submission and Stafford lead the offense with a rare air of confidence helped me come to the realization that no matter who wins or loses I will enjoy my Saturdays in the fall. I will do this by reminding myself that even if my beloved team doesn't win at least I'm not a buckeye fan. So thank you Knowshon and Matthew, for helping me to enjoy my Saturdays this past fall. Good luck with your future endeavors.

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