Four of Kirby Smart’s former Georgia players will be playing in Super Bowl 57 in two weeks.
No college football team has done a better job in the 21st century of getting its players to the Super Bowl than the Georgia Bulldogs.
For the 22nd consecutive year, at least one former Dawg will be playing for the Lombardi Trophy. Wide receiver Mecole Hardman and defensive lineman Malik Herring represent the Kansas City Chiefs, while a pair of rookie defenders represent the Philadelphia Eagles in defensive tackle Jordan Davis and linebacker Nakobe Dean. The Eagles rookies were unanimous All-Americans, too.
Expect for this impressive streak to continue, as the Dawgs are not slowing down any time soon.
Georgia’s Super Bowl appearance streak is perfect recruiting tool for Kirby Smart
It is not like Kirby Smart needed even more pep in his step when it comes to recruitment. He may be a sound defensive-minded coach, but he is an outstanding recruiter, terrific at halftime adjustments and a master motivator. I mean, he had the audacity to tell his 2022 team that they were going 5-7 after winning the national title the year prior. Georgia has one loss in two years…
Truth be told, this Super Bowl streak extends far past Smart’s reign of terror in the SEC. Keep in mind that Georgia was still a strong program under his hall-of-fame predecessor Mark Richt. It was under Coach Richt when this streak first got underway. Smart may be running laps around Richt in the recruiting department, but when he wanted to, Richt could land some blue-chippers.
The reason why this is so important is even if Richt or Smart were unable to fully tap into a player’s potential in Athens, NFL teams know all too well what type of players the fertile recruiting State of Georgia produces. Even in down years, Georgia gets plenty of players drafted. The Dawgs set a record with 15 players taken last spring. They will have double digits once again this spring.
As far as how long this streak will continue, that remains to be seen. There are plenty of Georgia alums sprinkled all over the league’s 32 rosters. Most teams have a least a few players on it who used to tee it up Between the Hedges back in the day. For Georgia’s streak to snap, both conference champions must have no Dawg in them. It is very hard to win playoff games that way.
Unless Georgia fades like Texas in the 2030s, this streak should remain intact for another decade.
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