Georgia QB Stetson Bennett completes improbable journey with resilient effort in national championship win

INDIANAPOLIS – Stetson Bennett IV doesn’t give up. He didn’t drop out of high school when he traveled camp after camp wearing a US Postal Service hat just to get noticed. He didn’t quit as a freshman when he played for the school of his dreams despite being buried in the Depths Board. He did not quit when he transferred to Jones County Community College, Mississippi. He didn’t give up when he bet on himself returning to Georgia as a stock quarterback in the hopes of gaining some playing time.

In the 33-18 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night, Bennett didn’t give up when questionable decision making kept the Crimson Tide in the game despite their own struggles on offense. . The most glaring mistake that tested Bennett’s resilience, however, came in the fourth quarter when he was sacked by Christian Harris and felt the ball forward. Defensive back Brian Branch picked it up at the Georgia 16-yard line, unaware it was a live ball, and five games later, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young threw a touchdown pass to give his team a one point lead.

“I just knew there would be no way I would let such turnover stop us from winning a national championship,” Bennett said on the show. “I wasn’t going to let that happen. I wasn’t going to be the reason we lost him.”

Bennett had 3 of 3 passes in the drive that followed, including a perfect 40-yard touchdown to Adonai Mitchell to give his team a point. In total, he had 4 of 4 passes for 83 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the fourth quarter as his Bulldogs scored the last 20 points of the game against the reigning National Champions.

It was Bennett who arrived on the game’s biggest stage, not Young, the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner. Bennett is the one who took the offensive player of the game honors with 224 passing yards. His perfect fourth quarter was the perfect conclusion to one of the most remarkable seasons in college football history.

It was a four month trip down college football history for a player who will never have to buy a drink in Athens for the rest of his life.

Speaking of his life, enterprising Hollywood producers should start raising funds. This story should be a feature film faster as the bourbon shots are poured into the waterholes in the Athens area after this victory. Bennett’s story should remind children around the world that in the age of the transfer portal and instant gratification, persistence, dedication, and patience can lead to fame as well.

“I love this place,” Bennett said from the podium. “I love this team. I believe in myself. I think I’m the best quarterback. I love everything about this place and wanted to win a national championship here.”

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Bennett explained what underdogs around the world can learn from his journey to college football’s immortality.

“I hope that gives someone some hope,” he said. “Keep on fighting. Keep your mouth shut. Work hard. Life is hard, and you just have to fight through it.

Bennett has worn numerous tags since joining the Bulldogs as part of the 2017 class. He’s been the “postman,” the “walker,” the “secondary,” the “manager,” and, Monday night, the “Legend”.

It’s a nickname he has earned that can never be taken away from him.

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