Wednesday, September 12, 2012

RSIV: How Richard Samuel Became a Superhero

UGA had finally taken the lead 24-20. It was 4th down and 11 and Missouri had the ball on their own 35. It was a fake, and we weren't set up for it, but somehow two blockers were unable to keep him from making the tackle. Jimmy Burge, a fifth year senior defensive tackle, and Jared Mcgriff-Culver, a fifth year senior tailback, should have been an impenetrable wall moving through defenders with ease and UGA's own fifth year senior fullback made a move that many NFL players would have trouble replicating.

He grabbed Burge, the 295 pound blocker, and forced him to the left using his own weight as a brace to launch himself past the incoming McGriff-Culver and straight into the chest of Missouri's punter who did all he could to hold on to the football. Richard Samuel had just single handedly blown up Gary Pinkiel's well timed fake punt. Before Samuel could fully stand up and before the ref could even call the turnover, Head Coach Mark Richt had jumped onto the field and grabbed Samuel around the neck and started congratulating him on saving the day.

In my opinion Samuel may have saved the season, his long journey had a defining moment, a moment he could be remembered for, for a very long time. I will never forget the tackle Richard Samuel made in Missouri on that amazing night for Georgia Bulldogs football. Will you?

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